A sharp cut in sulfur levels in all marine fuels beginning in 14 months’ time will hit Mena refiners, but some countries are more prepared than others.

The Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) last week committed to its plan to reduce marine fuel sulfur limits from 3.5% to 0.5% beginning 1 January 2020, dashing any hopes of a delay or the US delegation’s proposal of an ‘experience-building’ period after the limit...