(EnergyAsia, October 24 2011, Monday) — OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading suppliers and traders of bunker fuel, is inviting shipowners and operators to its October 31 seminar focusing on the challenges posed by the start of sulphur emission regulations in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) around the world in 2015.

Experts will share their findings and opinions at the two-hour event at the Pan-Pacific Hotel in Singapore. OW Bunker will provide insight on potential issues that companies face and the solutions that can be adopted to mitigate the impact of regulation.

The event, ‘Rising to the Challenges of an Industry in Transition’, will specifically address the impact of impending sulphur dioxide (SOx) regulations, the challenges of operating in ECAs, the potential for using LNG as a bunkering fuel, and the supply and demand outlook for low-sulphur fuel oil and distillates.

Søren Christian Meyer, OW Bunker’s global sales director, said:

“The 2015 ECA rulings present ship owners and operators with serious challenges. It is a potential minefield from the cost of distillates, and concerns over supply and demand to the technical and operational issues when switching from heavy fuel oils. There is confusion in the market on the solutions to these problems, such as distillate use, LNG or scrubbers.

“We want to provide the market with clarity. Our seminar will give owners and operators real insight and intelligence, based on the latest research and analysis, on how to meet this regulatory challenge head on and get a step on the rest of the market.”