Indonesian and foreign-flagged ships will be required to comply with new low-sulfur fuel rules that will start January 1st, 2020.
This information has been issued by the country’s Ministry of Transportation as per multiple bulletins released earlier in the year.
Under International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules that will come into effect in 2020, fuel with a maximum of 0.5 percent sulfur content will only be available for bunker in the Indonesian market place. This new fuel rule sees sulfur reduction from 3.5 per cent, unless they are equipped with scrubbers to remove the sulphur from the vessel’s emissions.
In a statement released in November, Sudiono the Transportation Ministry’s director of shipping and maritime affairs said the rule will be applied to “all Indonesian and foreign vessels starting Jan. 1, 2020, both for domestic and foreign shipping.”
Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia is advising all of its clients in advance that fuels B20 and when stock available B30 will be the only two diesel fuel blends available for superyacht supply from the central Government controlled supplier Pertamina.
Our sources within Pertaminia have explained to APS Indonesia operations team that a brand of diesel called Pertadex would be available in Bali only on a very limited supply during the year and long term pre-order and payments would be essential to secure this type of fuel.
It is important for all of our clients to understand before they come to Indonesia the type of fuels we can provide and that engineers pre-check their machinery compatibility with B20 and B30. At APS Indonesia we believe in full transparency for what we can and can not supply to boats coming to Indonesia, and encourage all of our client Captains and Engineers to work closely with us at their Indonesian trip planning stage to ensure we have a fuelling and ordering plan in place before their arrival.
To ensure our clients have additional support for these new fuelling protocols Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia will have access and stock to diesel fuel performance and tank protection additives.
If anyone needs further information in this regard please do not hesitate to contact us directly.