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ExxonMobil launches 'Journey to 2020' symposium series

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ExxonMobil is holding a series of ‘Journey to 2020’ symposiums around the world to help marine operators optimise vessel performance in readiness for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 0.5% global sulfur cap.

The events will provide insights and help on fuels options and choosing appropriate cylinder oils, for safe and efficient vessel operation.

The first symposium will be held at the Equinox Complex in Singapore, October 26, followed by events in Hong Kong, Taipei, Athens, Tokyo, Imabari, Copenhagen and Hamburg. Confirmed dates will be announced soon, with the series continuing into the 1Q19.

While ExxonMobil anticipates that the vast majority of the industry will initially choose low sulfur fuels, there is no single route to compliance. The ‘Journey to 2020’ symposiums will enable operators to discuss the most practical compliance choices for them with a team of experts with industry experience and fuels and lubricants knowledge.

Operators will also be able to explore the cylinder oil options that best fit their fuel choices. For the majority of vessels bunkering a 0.5% sulfur fuel, a 40 BN cylinder oil will be the best choice. Vessels fitted with scrubbers will continue to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) and will solely use a high BN alternative.

Options will be available for:

  • Low sulfur distillates, such as marine gas oil (MGO).
  • New low sulfur fuels.
  • Premium Emission Control Area (ECA) fuels.
  • The continued use of high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) in conjunction with a scrubber.
  • LNG.

“The 2020 sulfur cap will fundamentally change how the marine industry operates,” said Iain White, Global Field Engineering Manager, ExxonMobil Aviation and Marine Lubricants. “Our symposiums will share essential information and guidance to help the marine industry safely and effectively comply with the changing emissions regulations."

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