On May 9, Total Lubmarine was in New York for the sixth of its 11 stop Sulfur Cap series. Colleagues from Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) joined us for what was another well-attended event.
Held aboard the historic, ‘Intrepid’, a World War II and Cold War aircraft carrier, now a museum, a full house of local shipowners were in attendance to hear how Total was preparing for the upcoming Sulfur Cap regulation coming into force on January 1, 2020.
The IMO decision to cut the maximum amount of sulfur content in fuel that ships can emit from 3.5% to 0.5% has caused significant uncertainty in the industry, with many unsure which solution is most economically viable for business.
To this end, Total has been touring the globe to present to customers and the wider shipping industry its perspective on the challenges posed by the new regulation and the solutions it currently has and will be provided ahead of the January 1 enforcement date.
With the uncertainty around which strategy is the most optimal for owners, Total Lubmarine is recommending its Talusia Universal, a base number (BN) 57 product, alongside a program of its drain oil analysis service. From here, owners will be able to ascertain whether the BN 57 product fits their specific business requirements or a Talusia BN 40 product would be more suitable.
Speaking in New York, Serge Dal Farra, Global Marketing Manager, Total Lubmarine, expressed the seriousness of the upcoming change by plainly stating: “2020 is a game changer, non-compliance is not an option”
Robert Joore, General Manager, Total Lubmarine, echoed Mr. Dal Farra, adding: “Whichever strategy our customers choose we have solutions and services available to support them. Total is ready to support their compliance strategy.”
Following the event in New York, experts from both Lubmarine and Marine Fuels were on hand to answer audience questions with an informal networking event following.