A message from Nancy Carlson.
With the announcement in 2016, the IMO’s decision on a 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020 ended a year of speculation and confirmed that change is on the horizon.
It’s hardly a surprise that the impact of the decision has been a hot topic across the industry. That’s reflected in the articles you’ll find in Voyager, as we look to provide you with insights gained from some of the great discussions we’ve facilitated on this important moment in the development of our industry.
Understanding the challenges that the IMO’s decision brings will be crucial as we move forward. We hosted a symposium in Hong Kong last month to consider how the industry can prepare. It was well attended and hugely insightful in shaping how we as an industry can tackle the challenges we now face. Listening to our customers helps inform us as we work on our own solution to the changing regulation, and we’re looking forward to more of the same in Oslo at Nor-Shipping in May. We will be hosting a roundtable alongside Bunkerspot to fuel further discussion on the potential impact of the 2020 decision, so look out for a report on that soon after the event.
To help guide you through the regulatory changes, our latest top tips video offers best practice when it comes to fuel compatibility and stability testing of marine distillate and residual fuels. We also ask the question in this issue – “Is liquefied natural gas the answer to the 2020 sulphur cap challenge?” Current regulation issues aside, we continue to focus on helping our customers solve the very real challenges they face today – from optimising ship performance and next generation lubricant development to the cutting edge services our expert teams deliver.
Find out how HTM Shipping cut lubricant consumption by 17 per cent in a great success story and learn more on the development of our crosshead slow speed diesel test engine – unique in the industry and pivotal in the development of next generation lubricants that meet the changing needs of our industry. We also have news of an exciting development for our marine customers - Mobil ServSM Lubricant Analysis, a next generation used oil analysis program, will be available later this year. Find out more details in our update below.
In support of our customers, we will be available in Hamburg, Tokyo and Oslo at some of the industry’s biggest trade shows. You’ll find more details of our event attendance in the Out and About section of Voyager and we hope to see many of you there.
There are many challenges ahead and we look forward to embracing them together.