20/20 on 2020? Looking to the future for shipping

Dec 07 12:12 2017 Print This Article

2020: a term that implies clarity of vision.  And the 6th Annual Platts Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference held in Athens last week certainly featured numerous speakers seeming to claim 20/20 vision on 2020. Yet by the end of the conference I found my own vision to be distinctly blurry.

2020 refers of course to the sulfur content environmental restrictions to be imposed on marine fuel in just over two years’ time.

There was certainly plenty to see and hear at the Athens conference. Opinions and ideas presented were universally thoughtful but at the same time lacking a uniform vision, which is terrific in terms of diversity, but also frustrating for someone seeking clarity on the likely shape of the bunker market come 2020. Much like the mysteries of cosmos itself, every answer begat more questions.

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