Specifically, Shell has already conducted 19 successful trials of the 0.5% sulphur fuel with shipowners at key ports globally and will be performing more trials in New Orleans, Rotterdam, and Singapore.

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Until now the tests have shown that with the correct preparation, the fuels performed well in the engine, crews were comfortable using them and changeovers between grades did not lead to any extra workload for the engine crew.

In addition, during April Shell launched Shell Alexia 40. This is a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on VLSFO. It will be available in Singapore from 1 June 2019 and other main supply ports from 1 July 2019.

Speaking about the recent trials, Grahaeme Henderson, Head of Global Shipping & Maritime at Shell, stated:

Alongside our Marine Fuels business, Shell Shipping & Maritime has carried out a successful trial of the new fuel on one of our own vessels, the Silver Carolyn, in Singapore. The experience we gained from this trial and others, helps us be sure that the solutions Shell provides are what our customers and shipowners want

BP has also informed that it is ready to sell a very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap which bans polluting fuels for the shipping industry. The company now aims to retail the new 0.5% sulphur VLSFO worldwide.