BP Marine has announced that it will begin to retail low sulphur fuel that meets new MARPOL regulations limiting the sulphur content of marine fuels. The company is introducing a new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, following successful sea trials with fuel manufactured and supplied by BP in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp (ARA) and Singapore hubs.
Working closely with the IMO, customers and partners, BP has developed a marine fuel offer that includes this new VLSFO along with marine gas oil and also high sulphur fuel oil for vessels that are equipped with scrubbers. BP intends to retail the new 0.5% sulphur VLSFO globally.
The company has said the new VLSFO will be made available at numerous ports around the globe. As well as the ARA and Singapore hubs, it will be offered at three locations in Australia, three in new Zealand, South Africa, China, Salalah, Balboa and Cristobal and Seattle.
“BP supports the ambitions of MARPOL to reduce air pollution from ships and we have been actively working with partners to prepare for its introduction. We have undertaken a comprehensive test campaign, conducting ship-board trials of our new very low sulphur fuel. Following the success of these sea trials, and working closely with our customers, we believe we now have a robust commercial offer that will support customers in complying with MARPOL,” said Eddie Gauci, Global Head, BP Marine.
In order to manufacture a full range of MARPOL-compliant marine fuels, BP’s refineries have made a number of configuration changes to support the segregation, handling and storage of the fuel.