ExxonMobil announced the specification details and additional locations of its 2020 compliant fuels at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) on Wednesday.
All of ExxonMobil’s announced low sulphur compliant fuels will be residual grades and will also be compatible with each other, provided best practice guidance for bunkering, handling and storage is followed, it notes.
The additional locations where the oil major’s low sulphur fuel range will be available prior to the IMO’s 1 January 2020 deadline include ports in Antwerp, Rotterdam, Genoa and Marseilles in Europe, along with Singapore, Laem Chabang in Thailand and Hong Kong.
Additional locations, including North America, and products will be announced during 2018.
Meanwhile, the firm confirms all its International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliant, 0.50% sulphur fuels developed to date are residual grades.
“It is crucial that operators have access to not just compliant fuels, but quality compliant fuels prior to the IMO deadline,” said Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager, ExxonMobil.
“We are continuing to work on new streams that will provide availability to additional ports and markets.
“Our range of IMO 2020 compatible fuels is designed to offer peace of mind and continuity of operation to vessel operators around the world.”
According to ExxonMobil, the fuels have all undergone rigorous fit-for-use assessments.
The specifications will range from RMD 80 to RMG 380, with a density of between 900 and 970 at 15 degrees Celsius, while catalytic fine content will meet the level set out in ISO 8217:2017.
“These fuel formulations have passed stringent testing protocols, helping to ensure the highest level of quality during challenging times,” said Volta.
“With so many new grades being developed ahead of the sulphur cap implementation, compatibility is rightly a concern for the industry.
“However, operators can be assured that ExxonMobil’s new compliant fuels will be fully compatible with each other as long as crews follow our best practice guidance for bunkering, handling and storage.”
More details of these will be shared during the company’s ‘Journey to 2020’ symposiums series. The first symposium will be held at the Equinox Complex in Singapore, 26 October, followed by events in Hong Kong, Taipei, Athens, Tokyo, Imabari, Copenhagen and Hamburg.
Further details about the events are available here.
Photo credit: ExxonMobil
Published: 3 October, 2018
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