ExxonMobil Rolls-out New Antwerp Unit to Produce Marine Fuel
ExxonMobil has started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel.The new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for cleaner transportation fuels throughout northwest Europe. The company’s investment in the new coker will also help meet anticipated demand for lower-sulfur fuel oil to comply with new standards to…
ExxonMobil Launches MobilgardT 540 Cylinder Oil
ExxonMobil has developed a newly formulated 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540. It is specifically designed to work with the low-sulphur fuels the vast majority of the marine industry are expected to adopt for compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.50 per cent sulphur cap. The regulation comes into force January 1, 2020.Mobilgard 540 will be available from the first quarter of 2019 and is compatible at any volume with ExxonMobil’s current cylinder oil offer.
Marine Low Sulphur Fuel: Organizing the Switch
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) decision to implement a 0.50 percent cap on sulphur emissions has created uncertainty among vessel operators. Questions are already being asked about how to comply with the changing emissions target, what types of fuels will be available and where. However, ensuring compliance isn’t just about fuel selection; the actual switchover process from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to new, low-sulphur alternatives needs careful management. There are…
ExxonMobil: Quicker, More Efficient and Transparent Bunkering
Automation of measurement of fuel deliveries expanded to cover ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 marine fuelExxonMobil claims it is the first to supply via an independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 marine fuel is now available through an MFMS that has received third-party accreditation from Lloyd’s Register.The move, which builds on the implementation of MFMS in Singapore and Hong Kong, meets the needs of customers for quicker…
The Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap: 30 months and counting down …
Industry frets about the coming deadline. Shipping desperately wants to be ready, but will global shore-based infrastructure and refining capacity match the demand that is sure to come? And … are regulators listening to industry’s concerns?In early June, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public workshop in Washington to help the agencies prepare for the January 1, 2020 deadline for worldwide implementation of very low sulfur marine…
Fuels, Lubricants & Green Marine
International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel rules entering force in 2020 mandate a drastic sulfur reduction. By 2050 the mandate is to cut greenhouse gas emissions of shipping by at least 50 percent.Marine fuels, lubricants and additives manufacturers play their part in establishing maritime’s green credentials by introducing new environmentally acceptable technologies and products.The shipping industry is more than ever portrayed in a bad light due to increasing awareness of its contribution to global climate change, according to Dirk Kronmeijer, CEO of GoodFuels Marine.
ExxonMobil Launches MFMS for Marine Gas Oil in Singapore
ExxonMobil said it is launching its mass flow metering system (MFMS) for marine gas oil (MGO) in Singapore, with the first barge deliveries set to start in May 2018.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has mandated that all distillates must be delivered via a MFMS from July 1, 2019. ExxonMobil worked closely with the MPA during a trial that was concluded in October 2017 and is now in a position to launch its MFMS for MGO deliveries ahead of the deadline.According to ExxonMobil…
ExxonMobil Rolls Out New Hydraulic Oils
ExxonMobil said its new Mobil SHC Aware HS (Hydraulic System) Series hydraulic oils are specially formulated to offer excellent protection, even in marine operating environments. The oils meet the U.S. Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, making them suited for operators in U.S. inland and coastal waters.According to ExxonMobil , the new oils’ balanced formulation helps to offer a range of performance benefits, including protection across a wide temperature range…
ExxonMobil Reveals First Locations for 2020 Compliant Fuels
ExxonMobil announced it will supply fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5 percent sulfur cap in ports in Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and Singapore, with additional locations to be announced throughout 2018. “Our new suite of compliant fuels will include residual and distillate grades. We are at a very advanced stage in the development of these fuels, therefore making us well positioned to help customers meet the reduced sulfur limit ahead of the IMO’s 2020 implementation date,” said Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager, ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobil to Launch Cylinder Condition Monitoring Service
ExxonMobil announced it will launch Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring, its next generation cylinder condition monitoring service aiming to drive a new era of onboard lubricant analysis. Designed to deliver significant cost savings for operators, the service will help manage and improve engine protection and optimize performance. A detailed suite of reporting tools which charts the customer’s realised and potential savings. By using Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring, operators will receive recommendations on feed rate and cylinder oil to optimize engine lubricant consumption.
No Clear Route to 2020 Sulphur Cap Compliance -Survey
The route to compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 0.5 percent global sulphur cap is unclear for many vessel operators, according to a marine industry survey conducted by ExxonMobil. Some 70 percent of respondents saying that they do not believe the industry is ready for the deadline, highlighting an ongoing sense of confusion and lack of preparedness. The makeup of the marine fuel mix in 2020 and beyond is an area of concern, with wide-ranging views from the industry on how the landscape will evolve.
Protecting Marine Diesel Engines from Cat Fines Damage
DNVPS has warned that cat fines levels are increasing year by year. Lower sulphur marine fuels have even higher cat fines levels than typical heavy fuel oils (HFO). The ExxonMobil MobilGard lube oil monitoring service, concludes that 43 percent of all ships “have a potentially catastrophic issue with cat fines,” based on testing more than 400,000 marine diesel oil samples. So, cat fines are a very serious threat to every ship burning heavy fuel oils. What is the solution? Many have studied this serious problem…
Badal Joins BioBlend Executive Team
Len Badal has joined the senior executive team of BioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC, as the company grows its management team to help meet growing demand for environmentally friendly lubricants. Badal is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rice University in Houston. Throughout his career Badal has held a number of high-level positions with both Chevron and ExxonMobil and delivers a diverse range of experience that will aid BioBlend’s future growth, the company said.
An Engine Oil Goes the Distance
An inspection of one of two main engines on a U.S. inland waterways vessel revealed that ExxonMobil’s Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 diesel engine oil provided outstanding protection and cleanliness for a Cummins KTA38 marine diesel main engine after nine years of continuous use. The engine had accumulated 21,782 running hours with an initial fill of Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 engine oil. Mobil SignumSM oil analysis was used to closely monitor the health of the engine throughout this period, with support from the ExxonMobil field engineering team.
Study Pinpoints Operators’ Engine Challenges
In-depth data analysis of more than 400,000 oil samples from ExxonMobil’s MobilGard Cylinder Condition Monitoring (CCM) program has identified the wide range of potentially damaging engine issues facing vessel operators. With operators challenged by continued economic pressures and changing regulations, the need to protect engines and drive operational efficiencies is more important than ever. MobilGard CCM is designed to help optimize engine protection and minimize operating costs.
Parker Kittiwake Launches 'The Gold Guide'
Parker Kittiwake has announced the launch of the Gold Guide – a definitive reference guide to fuel, hydraulic, and lubricating oil for the marine industry. This first-of-a-kind, comprehensive resource provides vessel owners and operators with all the information needed to understand all aspects of fuel, lube, and hydraulic oil from first principles to testing, monitoring, characteristics and specifications. Furthermore it gives a comprehensive insight into interpreting test results and understanding the potential impact these can have on operational performance and efficiency.
Maersk Fluid Technology Sees SEA-Mate Order Influx
Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) has reported a recent influx of orders for its SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board (BOB) system as confirmation of industry demand for technological solutions that enable ship operators to blend fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant compositions on board their vessels that match actual engine operating conditions and fuel sulphur levels. The use of this type of technology can reduce cylinder oil consumption and alleviate issues such as cold corrosion and excessive cylinder wear, according to MFT.
IMO 2020: The Future of Fuel
There has been little reaction by way of statements or position papers from marine fuel lubricant manufacturers to the IMO MEPC70 proposals for a global fuel sulfur content cap of 0.5 percent by 2020 but they are fully aware of the implications of the proposed regulations and are taking what could be termed a ‘pragmatic approach’ to fuel regulation compliance. Marine lubricant suppliers have avoided getting involved in the debate as to whether the IMO MEPC70 proposals to reduce permissible marine fuel sulfur content to 0.5 percent or less is good…