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Navigating towards IMO 2020 and beyond

The Global Sulfur Cap is the most significant change to the way in which the global fleet is powered since the 19th-century switch from wind to coal. We recognize the need for continual improvement and development in our marine lubricants portfolio. Total continues to explore new opportunities to meet the emerging demands of OEMs and new, more challenging, engines and equipment, but also to look further forward to develop solutions that can deliver real-world economic advantages for our customers.

The shipping industry, which until 2019 has relied mainly on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) to power its engines, now stands at the crossroads and has many choices. From January 1 2020, ship operators will need to switch to fuel types under 0.5% sulfur oxides (SOx) or use sulfur abatement technology (scrubbers) to remain compliant and continue to operate their vessels. This requirement enforced by IMO 2020 regulation to reduce the amount of harmful SOx released into the atmosphere will affect an estimated 96,000 ships worldwide.

At Total, we invest substantially in both low sulfur and low carbon future by developing new fuels and innovations such as marine batteries. Our marine engine oils range is based on pioneering chemistry to ensure compatibility with all fuel and engine types.

 
The International Maritime Organization decision to limit ship sulfur emissions from 3.5% to 0.5% from January 1, 2020, (IMO 2020) is an industry game-changer. Quite simply, it will be the most significant shift in how ships are powered since the nineteenth-century switch from wind to coal...
 
To meet the challenge of IMO 2020, Total is developing next generation fuels and lubricants to support ship owners’ compliance strategies. Throughout the first half of 2019, Total has toured the world’s shipping centers to discuss the importance of the correct solutions and services in order to...
 
On May 21st 2019, Total hosted a conference in Singapore who gathered more than 200 actors from the shipping industry. Total experts in marine fuels and marine lubricants delivered a holistic overview of the Group’s strategy and unveiled its fuels and lubricants compliant solutions in view of the...
 
Ahead of the IMO 2020 Global Sulfur Cap deadline on January 1 2020, shipowners and operators are currently in the process of finalizing their compliance strategies. As a shipowner, operator and charterer, Total understands its customer’s perspectives and is, therefore, able to offer them support...
 
Alongside Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total Lubmarine visited customers in major hubs this spring to discuss our solutions to the challenges posed by the 2020 Global Sulfur Cap. With less than a year until the implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 0.5%...
 
The 2020 global sulphur cap presents a unique challenge to the maritime industry. It is not simply a question of compliant fuel choice, it is a question of the right lubricant choice too. At SMM 2018, Serge Dal Farra, Global Marketing Director, outlines the holistic and proactive approach that...

Compliance with The Global Sulfur Cap

Total, a long-term partner to the shipping industry, has developed a broad range of fuels and lubricants, designed to support our global customers, however they choose to power their vessels.

As a supplier of innovative solutions, we are confident that together we can build a sustainable future.