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Voyager Issue 19: April 2017  

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Welcome to the first Voyager issue of 2017

  • Nancy Carlson

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

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.

Industry insights

  • What Does IMO's 0.50% Sulphur Cap Decision Mean for the Bunker Supply Chain?

    Martyn Lasek, Editor of Ship & Bunker, talks to Voyager about the implications of the IMO decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.5% in 2020. The article discusses the challenges the decision will pose and consequences for all parties involved, from ship owners to suppliers.

    Read more
  • Best practice advice on fuel compatibility and stability

    Regulatory changes are complicating the way vessel operators use, store and handle marine fuels.

    Watch the fourth video in the ExxonMobil Insights series for best practice guidance on the issues related to the compatibility and management of distillate and residual fuels.

    Read more
  • Is liquefied natural gas the answer to the 2020 sulphur cap challenge?

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decision to implement a 0.50 per cent global sulphur cap in 2020 looks set to complicate engine operations. Could the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) provide the best route to compliance?

    Read more

Company news

  • ExxonMobil hosts symposium to tackle future fuel challenges

    ExxonMobil recently hosted a Marine Symposium in Hong Kong to discuss how the industry can prepare for a multi-fuel future, The discussion focused on the impact of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 0.50 per cent global sulphur emission cap as well as changing environmental regulation in China.

    Read more
  • ExxonMobil partners with Bunkerspot to lead debate on marine fuels at Nor-Shipping 2017

    At this year’s Nor-Shipping ExxonMobil will conduct a roundtable debate to explore the potential impact of regulatory change on future marine fuel selection and supply.

    Read more
  • Cylinder condition monitoring helps HTM Shipping cut lubricant consumption by 17 per cent

    MobilGard™ Cylinder Condition Monitoring (CCM) has helped HTM Shipping reduce cylinder oil feed rates in two of its vessels. The trials were so successful that the programme was subsequently rolled out across its fleet, resulting in an overall reduction in cylinder oil consumption of 17 per cent in one year.

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  • Soon to be launched: Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis

    Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis, a next generation used oil analysis program, will be available to marine customers later this year. The new service replaces Signum℠ Oil Analysis and will feature scan-and-go technology and a cloud-based app.

    Read more
  • Advancing R&D in light of increased regulation and enhanced technology

    Our unique marine test engine is helping us drive forward research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils. Watch our latest video showcasing how this engine can shorten development cycles and help customers address tomorrow’s challenges.

    Read more

Out and about

  • Hamburg 10th -11th May 2017

    Propulsion and Emissions Conference
    ExxonMobil will be attending this year’s 39th Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference. Join our representatives during this key event for two days of networking, debates and information sharing.

  • Tokyo 25th – 27th May

    Join our team at the largest maritime event in West Japan, where we will be showcasing a host of expertise, including a special seminar titled ‘The change to marine fuels in 2020 and the impact on cylinder oils’ presented by Global Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants - Iain White

  • Oslo 30th May – 2nd June

    Join ExxonMobil representatives at this key maritime event in May. We have a range of activities prepared at the event including a closed roundtable with industry experts, to discuss key issues affecting the Marine industry today.

Compass chronicles

  • When shipbuilding joined science - a recipe for Britain’s industry success

    Over a century has passed since Sir William Froude began testing model hulls in his makeshift laboratory at Torquay on England’s Devon coast.

    By 1908 growth in the demand for ship and design research was such that England’s National Physical Laboratory had to start a separate Ship Division. This was made possible due to a £200,000 gift from Sir Alfred Yarrow and government subsidy. From this investment was born the Feltham Project, enabling dedicated scientists to design intricate ships and propulsion studies, growing Britain’s shipbuilding industry.

    Read the full story
  • On Deck at Houston

    This 1964 article explains ExxonMobil’s Internal Marine Service Program, which was unique at the time of its launch. The service helped vessel owners with lubrication solutions while docked in port.

    Read the full story

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