Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited has launched IMO-2020 compliant Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil for shipping industry ahead of the deadline of January 1. The first batch of VLSFO is already produced in Visakh Refinery of HPCL in early December 2019, ahead of the deadline of January 1, 2020. The product meets the Residual Marine Grade 0.50 Specification and ISO 8217:2017 standard requirements. This fuel also meets all quality guidelines detailed by the International Organization of Standardization in its recently released ISO 23263:2019 standard.
From January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization has enforced a 0.5 per cent global Sulphur cap on fuel for areas which till December 31, 2019, were allowed to use fuel oil with 3.5 per cent Sulphur. In these areas, all ships are now required to use fuel with a maximum Sulphur content of 0.5 per cent, unless they use exhaust gas cleaning systems like scrubbers