Shell says it has carried out 19 successful trials of its 0.5% low sulphur fuel oil with ship owners at key ports globally – and will be carrying out further trials in New Orleans, Rotterdam, and Singapore.
According to the company, all of the trials showed that with the correct preparation, the fuels performed well in the engine, crews were comfortable using them, and changeovers between grades did not result in any extra workload for the engine crew.
Shell says it is partnering with its customers to help them better understand aspects relating to compatibility, storage, handling, and changeover requirements ahead of the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur reduction rule in January.
“Working with our customers as they switch to VLSFO allows us both to build valuable expertise,” says Melissa Williams, global sales and marketing manager for Shell marine fuels.
“It gives crews and engineers important experience with the fuels – and we, as the supplier, are able to develop our operational handling guidelines.
“This will ensure that our customers have all the information they need to transition smoothly come implementation day.”
Last month, Shell announced the launch of Shell Alexia 40 – a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on VLSFO.
It will be available in Singapore from June 1, 2019, and at other main supply ports from July 1, 2019.