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Voyager Issue 22: November 2017  

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Welcome to the final 2017 edition of Voyager

Dear ExxonMobil marine partner,

This year has been a turning point in the industry. The decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 2020 0.5% sulphur cap, set in stone a year ago, has focused our attention on supporting our customers with this monumental change. To do this, we will continue to develop our portfolio of products and services in order to better equip them for the future.

Beyond fuel choice, one of the biggest concerns following the IMO global sulphur cap decision is how compliance will be enforced. In this edition, we hear from Unni Einemo, IMO Representative and Communications Manager for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), who will explore the compliance challenge, and the issues it poses.

Whilst fuel choice is at the forefront of operators’ minds, the impact on engine lubrication should also be considered. We asked for your opinion on how the decision will change your lubricant needs and an element of uncertainty was revealed. Some 36%* believed vessels will simplify operations as a result, whilst 23% were unclear on how the cap will affect lubrication. Read on to find out more from our latest survey.

To help vessel operators enhance equipment performance and improve maintenance, we have developed a series of lubricant top tips. Take a look at our simple steps that can help generate longer term cost savings.

We’re also excited to announce our Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis service. In today’s challenging economic climate, maximising efficiency and smooth vessel operations are crucial to saving costs. Our latest used oil analysis service is designed to help prolong engine and equipment life.

After a year of huge change in our industry, this Voyager edition also marks my final year at ExxonMobil. Over the past years in this role, the biggest changes I have seen have been regulatory. The Emission Control Area (ECA) 0.10% sulphur cap has been implemented and now, the IMO 0.5% global sulphur cap looms large. These regulations have and will no doubt in the future continue to have a great influence on vessel operation. But it is my firm belief that as an industry, we will meet the challenge head on and succeed – there is a bright future ahead.

I’d like to sign off with one final message. As we get closer to 2020, rest assured that as a trusted supplier, we will continue to help our customers navigate the changes facing the industry. There will be challenges that lie ahead, but driving efficiencies for our customers will remain at the heart of what we do, providing the solutions that help them to succeed.

Thank you for all your support over the years and I wish you all the best for a successful 2018.

Nancy Carlson
  • Vice President of ExxonMobil Fuels Aviation and Marine Global Business Unit Nancy Carlson

    Nancy Carlson

    Vice President, Aviation & Marine Global Business Unit
    ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company

Industry insights

  • Aerial view of a ship in the water

    2020 compliance conundrum

    Unni Einemo, IMO Representative and Communications Manager for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) talks to Voyager about the reality of proving non-compliance at sea and the current options being discussed to enforce the IMO’s ruling.

    Read more
  • Marine container ship madison maersk

    ExxonMobil’s marine fuels meet the new ISO 8217:2017 specifications

    ExxonMobil’s marine fuels conform to the new ISO 8217:2017 specifications, enabling peace of mind for vessel operators and on-board engineers.

    Read more
  • Marine tanker ship

    Will 2020 lead to simplified lubricant solutions?

    One of the biggest implications of the IMO’s global sulphur cap decision is of course fuel choice. However, this will inevitably affect lubrication. In our latest survey, we asked operators for their thoughts on how the global sulphur cap will influence cylinder oil selection.

    Read more
  • Key light bulk carrier in deep sea

    Ask the expert: get answers to your technical questions

    ExxonMobil has teamed up with The Motorship to bring you a series of in-depth technical Q&As covering common – and sometimes unexpected – engine-related issues. The first column discusses an unforeseen cat fines problem and spells out how best to spot and deal with this type of contamination on board a vessel.

    Read more

Company news

  • Signum Marine Fuels and Lubricant Analysis engineer testing lubricant

    New Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis for the marine industry

    ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis is the next generation of marine used oil analysis service. The newer, faster service is design to help generate cost savings and offer peace of mind to marine operators.

    Read more
  • ExxonMobil Marine examines the use of Liquefied Natural Gas in addressing Sulphur Cap Challenge

    Fuel for Thought – Survey finds 70% believe marine industry is not ready for the 2020 0.5% sulphur cap

    According to the results of a survey we conducted this year, the IMO decision on the 0.5% global sulphur cap is creating uncertainty across the industry.

    More than two thirds of survey respondents think their industry isn’t fully prepared for the changes the revised sulphur cap will bring. The results not only highlight a sense of confusion, they also reveal some expectations.

    Read more
  • Water view of marine vessel

    Lubricant top tips for vessel operators

    ExxonMobil has created a four point plan that offers simple lubricant-related recommendations for vessel operators. Follow these steps to help enhance your equipment performance, improve maintenance team efficiency and reduce operating costs.

    Read more

Out and about

  • Citvy view from river

    29th November – 1st December

    International Workboat Show

    Visit our booth, 2919, to see inside a high-speed engine running on Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40. Visit us to experience the protection and cleanliness it can deliver after nearly a decade of operation.

    We are also hosting a Supplier Solutions session looking at the benefits of synthetic lubricants for inland and coastal marine applications on Thursday 30th November at 2:30pm – in the Presentation Theatre, Hall B - come join us.
    New Orleans, USA

  • Shanghai Skyline image ExxonMobil Chemical

    5th – 8th December


    Visit ExxonMobil at Marintec, Shanghai International Expo Centre, 5th – 8th December, to hear how we can help you meet the changing industry needs, choose the most effective routes to compliance and navigate cylinder oil lubricant selection.

    ExxonMobil will be hosting a closed seminar on compliance routes and operational efficiency at the show. Contact us and visit our stand, #N3G29, Hall N3, to learn more about this seminar and meet with our experts.
    Shanghai, China

Compass chronicles

  • Captain Stone with Wife

    Ingenious devices for survival at sea

    In the 1700s even a short sea journey was a hazardous undertaking from the passenger's point of view, giving ‘survival at sea’ a very different connotation to what we know today.

    Read this Compass Chronicles article to find out about some of the amusing and ingenious devices at that time.

    Read more

* This data was gathered by ExxonMobil’s latest industry pulse survey conducted in 2017.

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