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Voyager Issue 21: September 2017  

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Welcome to the third edition of Voyager in 2017

Dear ExxonMobil marine partner,

Our industry continues to be faced with economic pressures and changing regulations, forcing us all to consider how we operate and what we can do differently to overcome these challenges and succeed.

With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce the launch of Mobil ServSM, the new global brand that unifies the next generation of our best-in-class services. Against the backdrop of challenges facing our industry, we believe that the combination of Mobil Serv and our portfolio of high quality lubricants will provide an end-to-end lubrication solution for customers that will help equip them for the future.

We’re committed to helping our customers drive efficiencies and to get the most from the solutions we offer and Mobil Serv will help do exactly that. By combining the skills of our field engineering services team with new technology, and in some cases intuitive new platforms, we can deliver actionable insight that seeks to make a difference to your operations and the bottom line.

One of the biggest challenges we all face is of course the impact of the IMO’s decision on the global sulphur cap that comes into play in 2020. While it may seem some way off in the distance, preparing for it now is essential and we are continuing to lead discussions with the industry. At Nor-Shipping, we hosted a thought-provoking roundtable alongside Bunkerspot on the key issues – from impact on refineries to compliance options in 2020 – and you’ll find the in-depth report on the discussion an extremely useful resource. And we have asked your opinions as well. Not surprisingly, 68%* of the respondents to our survey feel the industry isn’t ready for the sulphur cap right now, which reveals that we absolutely need to keep up the discussion and work together to find the solutions to the challenge ahead. Don’t miss the complete results of the survey explained in this issue.

We believe that the IMO decision is ultimately leading to a multi-fuel future for the marine industry, of which LNG will certainly play its part. As such, we continue our focus in this important area and you’ll find news of a new North American collaboration that will seek to further develop LNG as a marine fuel. We’ve also provided some helpful tips regarding on-board fuel management in this issue – an increasingly important part of ship operation given the variety of fuels that will be available as we get closer to 2020.

The end of the year is always a busy time, and our marine team is attending a number of events in the next few months. Iain White, Global Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil Marine, will be part of a fascinating panel of speakers discussing mitigating risk in the marine industry at a Lloyds List Business Briefing this week and we will also be at IMPA London and Shipping Insights in September and October. As always, we greatly value the discussions we have with our customers and it would be great to see you at these upcoming events.

We look forward to working closely with you to take on the challenges we face in the months ahead.

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

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

Industry insights

  • CMA CGM Titus container ship in the sunset

    Nor-Shipping IMO 2020 decision roundtable debate findings

    Following the IMO’s decision to introduce a 0.5% global sulphur cap in 2020, many questions have been brought to light. ExxonMobil and Bunkerspot met with some of the shipping industry’s top experts at Nor-Shipping, debating the key issues associated with this decision.

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

    Industry calls out for clarity on 2020

    68%* of the industry states they are not ready for the global sulphur cap set to come into force in 2020. Although the global 0.5% sulphur cap has been on the agenda for almost a year now, our recent survey results indicate that the route to compliance is still unclear.

    *This data was gathered by ExxonMobil’s latest industry pulse survey conducted in 2017. The survey provided a small sampling to gather general industry sentiment on the decision.

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  • ExxonMobil Marine Ship at Port

    On-board fuel management: why it’s more important than ever

    As the 2020 global 0.5% sulphur cap drives an increase in the number and variety of fuel options, fuel-related issues are liable to become more frequent. This will make on-board fuel management more important than ever, to avoid potential operational issues. Not only that, but vessel operators will need to consider the implications of the IMO decision on cylinder oil selection, to ensure the correct level of protection is provided when using low sulphur fuels.

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Company news

  • Signum Marine Fuels and Lubricant Analysis engineer testing lubricant

    ExxonMobil launches portfolio of next generation services

    ExxonMobil has launched Mobil ServSM, a range of next generation services to help operators identify solutions to overcome challenging industry conditions and drive efficiency. In combination with our high quality lubricants, the global services brand will provide customers with an end-to-end lubricant solution to help operators optimise maintenance and vessel performance.

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  • Liquefied natural gas carrier ship

    ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners LLC and Crowley sign liquefied natural gas collaboration agreement

    ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley have signed an agreement on the development of LNG as a marine fuel. The initial focus will be in Florida, before expanding to other North American markets.

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  • ExxonMobil Marine uses land-based engine for oil development

    ExxonMobil test engine supports next generation marine lubricant product development

    ExxonMobil, together with the National Transport Research Center (NTRC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Hans Jensen Lubricators and Mahle Powertrain, announced the first firing of a crosshead slow speed test engine. The facility will enable ExxonMobil to drive forward research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils, testing a range of different fuel and lubricant formulas and playing a key part in helping to improve engine protection and performance, in preparation for 2020 and beyond.

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Out and about

  • Exxon MobilMarine LondonSummer Voyager2017

    London 11th September

    Lloyd’s List Business Briefing
    Join our team at this year’s Lloyd's List Business Briefing in London, where Iain White, Global Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil Marine will be participating as a keynote speaker during panel discussions on the macro and micro views of the industry.

  • ExxonMobile Marine in London

    London 12th – 13th September

    International Marine Purchasing Association event
    Visit our stand, n66 for exciting announcements on our latest product innovations at this year’s IMPA London.

  • Aerial city view from port

    Stamford, Connecticut 10th – 11th October

    Shipping Insight
    Join ExxonMobil representatives at this key event at Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and speak to our representatives on the show to discuss our latest products and innovations!

Compass chronicles

  • Compass chronicles

    Music of the sea – a look back to sailors’ working songs

    Music has always been a big part of a sailor’s life, so in this Compass Chronicles article from 1964, we look at the shanties that moved sailors at the time.

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