twinkling of an eye, IMO 2020 will be there before the shipping industry
demanding the use of low sulfur fuel with no choice. The industry is already
seized of the significance of the inevitability of compliant VLSFO. And now BP
Marine has come out with a low sulfur fuel that meets the new MARPOL
BP is introducing a new very low sulfur fuel
oil (VLSFO), with a maximum 0.5% sulfur content, following successful sea
trials with fuel manufactured and supplied by BP in the
Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore hubs.
Working closely with the
International Maritime Organization, customers and partners, BP has developed a
marine fuel offer that includes this new VLSFO along with marine gas oil and
also high sulfur fuel oil for vessels that are equipped with scrubbers. BP
intends to retail the new 0.5% sulfur VLSFO globally.
“BP supports the ambitions of
MARPOL to reduce air pollution from ships and we have been actively working
with partners to prepare for its introduction. We have undertaken a
comprehensive test campaign, conducting ship-board trials of our new
very low sulfur fuel. Following the success of these sea trials, and working
closely with our customers, we believe we now have a robust commercial offer
that will support customers in complying with MARPOL,” said Eddie Gauci, Global
Head, BP Marine.
In order to manufacture a
full range of MARPOL-compliant marine fuels, BP’s refineries have made a number
of configuration changes to support the segregation,
handling and storage of the fuels.