Shell has a clear vision into 2020 with our suite of solutions. Shell will be prepared, and we can help you be prepared, too. Shell has developed a variety of fuel product offerings to the shipping industry that include marine gasoil (MGO) and very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) supply in key bunker ports; high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) supply for ships with on-board scrubbers; and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The market will continue to need multiple types of fuel to meet the industry’s demand, such as LNG, 0.10%S, DMA, and 3.50%S for ships with scrubbers. Shell will provide multiple products at key ports.

We are partnering with ship owners to perform trials of our new 0.50%S fuel, and we can provide support during testing to ship owners so that they can better understand compatibility and handling operations.

LNG as a marine fuel is expanding globally with bunker locations growing and LNG fuelled ship segments broadening. We are developing key supply locations to serve LNG fuel to customers. LNG fuel is readily available, clean and cost competitive. It is the next step in the journey towards zero emissions, and Shell LNG can be a cost-competitive fuel choice.

We continue to improve our lubricants, which are designed specifically to protect engines burning marine fuels from wear and deposits. To help customers to comply with the 0.50% cap on marine fuel sulphur content, we have optimised our cylinder oil to deal with changing fuel compositions.

We have also made selective investments in our refineries producing high-sulphur fuel oil today to enhance their flexibility to process a broader range of crude oils, increase low-sulphur oil and distillate production, and increase product stream segregations and blending capabilities.

Ship owners will have a number of choices to comply with the new sulphur specifications
0.1/0.50 % S Fuel Oil 0.50 MGO/DMA Scrubber New/Retrofit LNG New Build/Retrofit
Minimize operational difficulty and cost Convenient and widely available Cheaper fuel and quick payback Proven technology and reduction Sox/Nox
Variability of quality of blends per supplier Operational experience in industry Limited operating experience Lower CO2 emissions
Only a few suppliers can offer reliable supply Higher cost Ship stability and space Growing availability
NA Thermal shock and lubricity issues Safe sludge handling and disposal necessary Cost advantage to MGO/DMA
Shell will supply differentiated VLSFO MGO/DMAB will remain key products for Shell Shell can supply HSFO 3.50% Shell is an innovation leader in LNG

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