IMO impact clouding your 2020 vision

The new global bunker fuel regulations go live in January 2020. The key for refiners in this environment is to make sure they are around when the dust settles. The blog provides some guidance for those that think it is too late to act.

December 18, 2019 Stephen George Read full blog post

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