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Introduction of new fuels requires a fuel supply system evaluation: It is likely that the fuel supply system for your ship’s main and auxiliary engines was originally designed to run on fuel with different properties to fuels compliant with IMO 2020 and sulphur emissions control area (SECA) regulations. These regulations limit the sulphur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent globally and 0.1 percent in SECAs. Furthermore, it may not have been designed for fuel changeover procedures. Maintaining the correct fuel viscosity, temperature and pressure at the engine inlet is crucial, regardless of the fuel in use or the complexity of a particular fuel supply system.