Tres Releases IMO 2020 Module

TVA receives a much-anticipated upgrade with its newly released Bunker Planning module, helping shippers with bunker planning and changeovers as January 1, 2020 quickly approaches. 

IMO 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

On January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will implement a new regulation for a 0.50% global sulphur cap for marine fuels. Under the new global cap, ships will have to use marine fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% globally, against the current limit of 3.50% in an effort to reduce the amount of sulphur oxide emitted from vessels.

Ship owners and operators have various options to meet the IMO sulfur cap requirements, including using compliant low sulphur fuels, using alternative fuels (e.g., LNG, methanol) or by installing exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).

TVA Bunker Planning Module

In response to the mounting pressure on its customers to prepare for January 1, Tres Solutions developed a new Bunker Planning module for its Tres Vessel Analytics (TVA) software platform.

“Many of our conversations with customers this year have been focused on the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap. Given the sheer number of unknowns, all are looking for a more systematic way to plan and ensure compliance,” said Aaron Holton, CEO of Tres Solutions. “We listened to the feedback and developed a simple, predictive tool that monitors tank usage and projects empty dates for each fuel tank, including that of non-compliant fuel on board. The added benefit of being able to run ‘what-if’ scenarios provides some flexibility in how they plan voyages to meet the requirements. Overall, we are pleased with the result and believe this feature will drive positive impact for our customers.”

The feature dashboard will monitor fuel tanks and project empty dates based on current fuel usage and the operational profile of vessels. The result is more effective bunker planning, ensuring changeover, tank cleanings and other preparations are made prior to January 1, 2020.

TVA reporting forms were updated as part of this process, as well. Now, vessel-specific tank data is captured, including registering of sulphur percent and other fuel properties. This ensures that there is full visibility and therefore ability to manage non-compatible fuels and blends ahead of January 1.

The new bunker planning feature will be completely rolled out by the end of August to all TVA subscribers.

About Tres Solutions

Tres Solutions is a leading maritime software and analytics company, providing a comprehensive suite of digital vessel performance solutions, focused on helping clients save money, reduce emissions and improve operations.

The company serves its global customer base from major shipping hubs around the world, including Houston (HQ), Copenhagen and Mumbai. Its core Tres Vessel Analytics (TVA) platform is among the fastest growing performance management and optimization systems in the market and is deployed on nearly 200 vessels worldwide. For more information, go to or email

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