ICE to Launch Marine Futures Contracts Ahead of IMO 2020 Sulfur Cap
The Intercontinental Exchange will launch new Marine Fuel 0.5% futures contracts in advance of the implementation of the 0.5% sulphur cap by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020.
The operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services said in a press release that the new contracts are expected to launch on February 4, 2019, subject to completion of relevant regulatory processes.
The new contracts have been developed in response to significant market demand in advance of the IMO regulation limiting sulphur emissions from shipping bunker fuel from January 2020. The new regulation requires that ships will only be able to use fuel oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% (mass/mass) outside designated emission control areas.
“Our customers have expressed a strong desire for Marine Fuel 0.5% specific derivative contracts and our new contracts will allow market participants to hedge forward positions in an industry which today consumes more than three million barrels per day of high sulphur fuel oil,” said Jeff Barbuto, Vice President of Oil Markets at ICE. “The contracts will operate alongside ICE’s benchmark Low Sulphur Gasoil futures, fuel oil and LNG markets providing customers with a range of hedging tools to assist with the transition to the new regulations in 2020,” Barbuto added.
ICE Low Sulphur Gasoil is the key refined oil benchmark in Europe and Asia. Gasoil futures and options grew 11% in the period January to November 2018 versus the same period in 2017. The contract has become the go-to price marker for the middle part of the refined barrel and the world’s leading middle distillate benchmark for the oil market.
ICE Low Sulphur Gasoil is an important and efficient hedging and trading mechanism, providing market participants with access to a range of products in a single contract and plays the same role for middle distillate oil that ICE Brent Crude plays for the crude oil market