Chevron rises to sulphur cap challenge

The sulphur content of a range of Chevron products Photo: Chevron Marine Lubricants The sulphur content of a range of Chevron products Photo: Chevron Marine Lubricants
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US-based Chevron Marine Lubricants has released the second in a series of new white papers focusing on innovations and developments impacting the shipping industry.

This latest white paper, entitled ‘The 2020 Global Sulphur Cap and the role of cylinder oil lubricants’ explores the impact of ships burning fuels with differing sulphur contents to heavy sulphur fuel oil cylinder oil use. The paper also offers advice form Chevron Marine Lubricant experts on how to manage the transition between cylinder oils pre- and post-2020.

Ian Thurloway, brand and marketing manager for Chevron Marine Lubricants, said that the company is committed to providing reliable solutions for the marine fuels of the future. "To meet the uncertain demands of 2020, Chevron’s global supply network has been further strengthened to provide a robust, flexible and agile model to ensure supply in a changing landscape," he said.

With effect from 1 January 2020, ships must burn fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5% m/m or a maximum equivalent emission output. This is a significant drop from the current limit of 3.5% which has been in effect since 1 January 2012.

Regardless of the compliance route chosen - low sulphur fuel alternatives or scrubbers - cylinder oil lubricant use will be impacted due to its relationship with the sulphur content in fuel, hence Chevron's series of white papers helping shipowners adapt to the coming challenges.

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