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An ExxonMobil and Bunkerspot roundtable at next month’s Nor-Shipping will bring industry experts together to discuss the key issues and challenges still facing the shipping and marine fuels sectors as the final countdown to IMO 2020 begins.

ExxonMobil has announced the initial locations for the supply of its new proprietary 2020 0.50% sulphur fuels and has already highlighted the importance of onboard best practice to mitigate the risk of operational challenges in handling IMO 2020-compliant fuels.

At the roundtable on 5 June at Nor-Shipping, one of the most influential and innovative events in the shipping calendar, the oil major is bringing together experts representing many sectors within global shipping to assess how prepared stakeholders really are for the introduction of the global 0.50% sulphur cap on 1 January 2020.

The roundtable will look at the key questions surrounding IMO 2020-compliant fuel availability and quality, the use of scrubbers for compliance, the creation of a strong supply and storage infrastructure and the uptake of alternative fuels, such as LNG and LPG.

Onboard fuel handling will also be addressed, including the key issues of fuel compatibility and stability, onboard tank preparation, fuel sampling/testing, engine management and lubricant selection.

This week’s meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) at IMO headquarters in London is expected to deliver some important pronouncements on IMO 2020-related subjects, such as ship implementation plans and the steps to be taken in cases of compliant fuel non-availability. The ExxonMobil and Bunkerspot roundtable will examine such developments in detail and will also assess how 2020 is impacting on the commercial dynamics of the bunker supply chain.

While the industry is bracing itself for 2020, shipping’s decarbonisation targets cannot be ignored, so the roundtable will also consider how IMO 2020 compliance options are forming part of shipping’s energy transition to a low or zero emission multi-fuel future.

The key takeaways and insights from the roundtable will be published by Bunkerspot as a special report. This will be available to download from the Bunkerspot website after Nor-Shipping.

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