ExxonMobil completes first sea trial of its marine bio fuel oil with Stena Bulk
ExxonMobil Corporation, one of the world's largest refiners and marketers of petroleum products ExxonMobil has announced that it has completed a successful sea trial of the company’s first marine Bio Fuel Oil (BFO) with shipping company Stena Bulk, bunkered in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The marine BFO is a 0.50 percent sulphur residual-based fuel (VLSFO) processed with a second-generation waste-based ISCC certified FAME component.
The trial demonstrated that the marine Bio Fuel Oil (BFO), which can provide a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of up to 40 percent compared to conventional petroleum-based very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), calculated on an energy Well-to-Wake basis. The BFO will be available later this year – initially in Rotterdam – before wider launch across the ExxonMobil port network.
With new marine fuels coming to market recently, the need for quality fuels that are both reliable and ISO compliant has never been greater. ExxonMobil’s new marine bio fuel oil meets that growing need as it has been extensively tested, is sulphur compliant, and can make a significant contribution in helping operators reduce their CO2 emissions, said Cowan Lee, Marine Fuels Marketing Manager at ExxonMobil.
According to ExxonMobil, it can be used in a relevant marine application without modification and can help operators take a significant step towards meeting their carbon emissions reduction targets.
This also supports the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO)ambition to reduce total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050. The Marine industry recognizes the greenhouse gas reduction benefits of BFO, and the fuel meets requirements for global sulphur cap compliance and has undergone critical and extensive testing.
As operators face increasingly stringent regulations and significant pressure from customers to demonstrate their commitment to reducing GHG emissions, this is an important next step in providing the lower-emissions fuels that operators want and need, Cowan Lee said.
Sea trials with Stena Bulk
The sea trial undertaken with leading shipping tanker operator Stena Bulk was designed and completed as part of ExxonMobil’s assessment and trial protocol to demonstrate that there were no adverse equipment effects when operating with higher levels of bio components.
We believe biofuels have an important role to play in accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in shipping. The development of ExxonMobil’s biofuel is an important step towards broader commercial use of low-carbon fuels and we were happy to be part of the sea trial, which proved to be very successful. The fuel performed very well and fitted seamlessly into our technical and commercial operation without the need for engine modifications or additional procedures while contributing to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions, said Erik Hånell, President and CEO Stena Bulk.
The Stena Bulk sea trial was carried out while the vessel was in commercial operation. The trial included evaluation of on-board storage, handling, and treatment and the fuel was consumed in engines and other machinery on-board.
As a residual fuel, it can be dropped-in without the need for expensive modification and can help provide ship operators immediate CO2 savings compared to full hydrocarbon fuel. This successful trial also involved close collaboration with the OEMs, the vessel’s classification society, and flag state, said John Larese, Marine Fuels Technical Advisor at ExxonMobil.