Indonesia to enforce IMO 2020 fuel rules on ships 

Sulphur charge


Indonesian-flagged ships will comply with new low-sulphur fuel rules that start next year, the country’s Ministry of Transportation said on Tuesday, after earlier saying more time was needed to meet the requirement.

Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect in 2020, ships will have to use fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, down from 3.5% now, unless they are equipped with scrubbers to remove the sulphur from the vessel’s emissions.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sudiono, the Transportation Ministry’s director of shipping and maritime affairs, said the rule will be applied to “all Indonesian-flagged vessels starting Jan. 1, 2020, both for domestic and foreign shipping.”

Last month, the ministry said it would allow Indonesian-flagged vessels to continue burning marine fuels with a maximum 3.5% sulphur content in its territorial waters past 2020 without having to use scrubber.

A ministry spokesman declined to comment on the change but said there will be a separate statement laying out the government’s considerations.

In July, Sudiono said that one of the reasons for Indonesia not enforcing the low-sulphur rule was because state oil company PT Pertamina still produces large amounts high-sulphur fuel oil from its refineries.

The Transportation Ministry said on Tuesday that Pertamina will produce 380,000 kilolitres per year of fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%. From the start of next year the company will set up sales points for the low-sulphur fuel in Jakarta’s main sea port and from a floating storage off Balikpapan in East Kalimantan province.