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28 March

ClipperData Forecasts IMO 2020

Josh Lowell

With only nine months to go before the implementation of IMO 2020, the only certain thing about the forthcoming regulation is that there will be uncertainty. In an effort to better understand the impact, ClipperData has prepared a forecast for marine fuel consumption that covers the period between 2020 and 2025.

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Tagged bunker, IMO2020, LSFO, fuel oil, LNG, IMO 2020 2 Comments
05 March

Container Lines Prepare for 2020

Josh Lowell

If you asked an executive from a major container line to sum up the IMO 2020 global sulfur cap in one word, I imagine the response would either be an expletive or the word “Expensive”.

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Tagged bunker, fuel oil, IMO 2020, Bunker Adjustment Factor Leave a comment
28 February

An IMO 2020 Holy Grail?

Josh Lowell

There is no single path for refiners preparing for the IMO’s upcoming global sulfur cap, which will take effect on January 1. Options range from pursuing expensive modernization projects that will further process high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) and produce more IMO-compliant fuels, to proceeding with a business-as-usual approach and hoping the market takes care of the IMO problem.

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Tagged heavy sweet crude, fuel oil, IMO 2020 2 Comments
14 February

The LSFO Terror

Josh Lowell

The IMO’s coming sulfur cap will shake up the global mix of marine fuels, pushing shipowners away from high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) and towards IMO-compliant marine fuels like marine gasoil (MGO) and low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO).

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Tagged bunker, IMO2020, LSFO, fuel oil 1 Comment

About the Authors


Matt Smith deciphers and distills what is most relevant across the energy complex into cohesive and pithy knowledge you can use. The belly laugh is a bonus.

Matt Smith


Dan Graeber is Chief Editor at ClipperData. He specializes in exploring the intersection between geopolitical events and the price of oil.

Dan Graeber


Amir Richani is a geopolitical analyst at ClipperData, with a voracious appetite for studying political, economic and social developments in Latin America.

Amir Richani


Noam Raydan is an analyst at ClipperData, focusing on political and security developments that could disrupt oil flows in the MENA region. She is also a tanker sleuth, scouring the high seas for unusual activities.

Noam Raydan


Ken Smithmier is our Director of Research for Agricultural Markets. Follow along as Ken gets granular about grains.

Ken Smithmier


Josh Lowell is an energy analyst at ClipperData. He specializes in marine fuels, and is known for talking about IMO2020 in his sleep.

Josh Lowell


Ron Coifman Ron is a petrochemicals markets editor at ClipperData. He has over four decades of experience in the petrochemical industry, with a particularly encyclopedic knowledge of Latin America markets.

Ron Coifman


Kaleem Asghar Kaleem is ClipperData's Director of LNG analytics, and our main man when it comes to all things natural gas related..

Kaleem Asghar

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