IMO 2020

On January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose more stringent vessel emission standards globally. This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have increased health and environmental benefits globally, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts. Click here for more information.

There are three major compliance options for ship operators:

  • Burn ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel
  • Install exhaust gas cleaning systems (i.e. scrubbers) and continue to burn marine fuel oil
  • Use an alternative fuel source (with liquefied natural gas currently the only viable option)


In 2019, the Virginia Port Authority became the first port in the United States to join SEA/LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The SEA/LNG coalition unites key players from across the LNG marine value chain to address the barriers to the adoption of LNG; advocating for collaboration, demonstration, and communication on key areas such as regulations, emissions, infrastructure, and the economic case, to provide the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain for 2020 and beyond.  Click here for more on SEA/LNG.

We are honored and committed to supporting the availability of IMO 2020 compliant fuels for ships calling on our port. Additionally, we have partnered with the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) to bring together regional stakeholders and industry experts to assess the business case for LNG bunkering in Virginia.  Click here for more information on LNG or to join VMA’s directory of companies and services interested in participating in the LNG bunkering supply chain.