ExxonMobil introduces 0.5% sulphur marine fuels

ExxonMobil introduced EMF.5, its marine fuels developed ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s global 0.5% sulphur cap. All the fuels in the range are engineered to help vessel operators comply with the 2020 regulations without compromising on quality.

All EMF.5 fuels announced to date are compatible with each other, provided that bunkering, storage and handling best practice guidance are followed.

Available in six ports

The EMF.5 fuels will be available in Antwerp, Rotterdam, Genoa, Marseilles, Singapore and Laem Chabang.

In addition to meeting the ISO 8217-2017 specification, EMF.5 fuels have passed ExxonMobil’s rigorous fit-for-use assessments, allowing customers to bunker the high quality, compliant options they need ahead of the IMO 2020 deadline.

This will help ensure vessel operators can continue to operate their main engines, auxiliary engines and boilers safely and efficiently when they switch to 0.5% sulphur fuels, since the negative operational and financial consequences of a major product quality problem could be very significant.

New compatible lubricant

ExxonMobil also developed a newly formulated 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540, 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 Luca Volta, marine fuels venture manager at ExxonMobil. ‘By including our 0.5% sulphur fuels in our branded marine offer, we are delivering the additional security that vessel operators want, and need, every time they bunker.’

Improved quality characteristics

‘The increasing variety of fuels entering the market raises the potential of quality and compatibility challenges,’ added Mike Noorman, head of fuels technology at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. ‘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.’


Posted 3 July 2019

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