The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to agree on the timetable for a new global limit on the sulphur content of bunkers in 2020 after completing a fuel availability survey well ahead of schedule.

The IMO was expected to wait until 2018 to complete the study but, under pressure to act swiftly, it contracted a specialist independent research company earlier this year. It is understood the report has now been completed.

It is currently under review by a steering committee made up of 13 IMO member states and a handful of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).