Winner 2019

SINTEF, 2019 R&D Award Winner

A one-year project on the characterisation of low sulphur fuel oils (LSFO)

The winner of the 8th annual ITOPF R&D Award is the Norwegian research organisation, SINTEF, for a project on the characterisation of low sulphur fuel oils (LSFO).

Due to IMO regulations limiting the sulphur content in fuel oils, a new generation of LSFO marine fuels is now replacing traditional Intermediate bunker fuels and heavy fuel oils for use in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) in Europe and North-America. This Award will help fund a one-year study to document the weathering properties and behaviour of LSFOs when spilled at sea, with relevance to the mitigation effectiveness of different oil spill response options. 

The project is also funded by the Canadian government “Multi-partner Oil Spill Research Initiative program” (MPRI) and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).