With six months to go before the mandatory introduction of 0.5% sulphur marine fuel, an oil major has announced shipments of a new compliant fuel. For the product tanker trade it is an opportunity to be part of the supply chain stocking the new product at bunker suppliers
ExxonMobil has introduced EMF.5, its range of engineered marine fuels developed ahead of International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global 0.50% sulphur cap. According to ExxonMobil, all the fuels in the range are specifically engineered to help vessel operators comply with the 2020 regulations without compromising on quality.
The ExxonMobil EMF.5 fuels announced to date are compatible with each other, provided that bunkering, storage and handling best practice guidance is followed. The fuels also offer safe and efficient compliance with the IMO 2020 regulations.
In addition to meeting the ISO 8217-2017 specification, ExxonMobil’s EMF.5 fuels have also passed ExxonMobil’s rigorous fit-for-use assessments.
This combination of characteristics will help ensure that vessel operators can continue to operate their main engines, auxiliary engines and boilers safely and efficiently when they switch to 0.50% sulphur fuels, as the negative, operational and financial consequences of a major product quality problem could be very significant.
ExxonMobil reports that it has also developed a newly formulated 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540, which is specifically designed to work with low-sulphur fuels. The new lubricant will be available across the company’s global port network and via its extensive distribution network.
“Compliance should not come at the expense of fuel quality, and our EMF.5 range delivers assurances on both to the marine industry,” said ExxonMobil’s marine fuels venture manager Luca Volta.
“By including our 0.50% sulphur fuels in our branded marine offer, we are delivering the additional security that vessel operators want, and need, every time they bunker.”
“The increasing variety of fuels entering the market raises the potential of quality and compatibility challenges,” said ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s head of fuels technology Mike Noorman. “We have developed proprietary methods for modifying fuel composition to improve quality characteristics, such as combustion, stability, waxing and compatibility. Therefore, purchasing ExxonMobil’s EMF.5 fuels can help allay these concerns at a time of great change for the industry.”