ExxonMobil has announced its new 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540, will be available from 2 September 2019
The lubricant has been specifically formulated for use with 0.50% sulphur fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 emissions regulations and meets the requirements of OEMs, MAN ES and WinGD.
Mobilgard 540 will be available from launch in major ports around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. It will also be offered at locations through ExxonMobil’s delivery network, in bulk and in packs. Details and further updates will be available via the company’s Ports and Services guide.
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According to ExxonMobil, vessel operators should now be making decisions about their fuel choice ahead of the regulatory change, an assessment that could also impact cylinder oil selection. ExxonMobil believes onboard stock management and collaboration across the operation will be essential to ensure a smooth fuel and lubricant transition. Vessel engineers should therefore work closely with procurement personnel and charterers to ensure fuel choices are transparent, timelines are clear and the impact on a vessel’s operation is understood.
Mobilgard 540 is compatible at any volume with ExxonMobil’s current MobilGard cylinder oil range, which will help to streamline the switchover to the new lubricant as no tank cleaning will be required. ExxonMobil has developed a step-by-step guide to help the maritime industry safely and effectively navigate the fuels and lubricants switchover process.
ExxonMobil’s global marine lubricants manager Frans Horjus said “Mobilgard 540 is an extension to our long-standing MobilGard cylinder oil range. Used in combination with ExxonMobil’s EMF.5 fuels range, it will enable vessel operators to have confidence when complying with IMO’s revised sulphur limit, without compromising on quality or performance.”
“However, the switch to a low sulphur future will require careful stock management. As part of this procedure, vessel operators should work with fuel and lubricant suppliers that possess the technical skills to help them manage the switchover process.”