In May, Shell launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on VLSFO. 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.
Specifically, cargo will be blended to a finished product, which will then supply bunker customers, assisting its customers to better-prepare for the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap.
The company has produced fuel product offers including very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) supply in selected bunkering ports, high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) supply for ships with on-board scrubbers and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Refineries around Asia such as Japan’s Cosmo Oil, Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical and South Korean refineries have started producing and selling VLSFO grades.