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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Reduction in Sulphur Dioxide Emissions from Vessels at Singapore Port after Enforcement of IMO 2020

05 Nov 2019 In Parliament

Mr Ong Teng Koon asked the Minister for Transport what is the expected reduction in the amount of sulphur oxide emissions from vessels operating in the Port of Singapore after the International Maritime Organisation's 2020 sulphur emissions cap on marine fuels (IMO 2020) is enforced.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

When the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur limit (IMO 2020) comes into effect on 1 January 2020, the permitted limit of sulphur content in marine fuel used on board ships internationally, and calling at the Port of Singapore, will be reduced from 3.5% currently, to 0.5%. Based on estimates by the IMO, the expected reduction of sulphur oxide emissions globally will be more than 80%, when IMO 2020 enters into force. We expect the reduction of sulphur oxide emissions from vessels operating in the Port of Singapore to be similar in proportion.