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Thursday, August 8, 2019 

The UAE branch of IMarEST recently hosted a conference sponsored by Lukoil, attended by 151 industry professionals who discussed the IMO 2020 Global Sulphur Emissions Regulations.

Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch, emphasised the critical nature of managing the transition as a radical new marine fuel environment is established. There has been growing concern among ship operators on the availability, affordability and appropriateness of new fuels, and the likely effect on engine lubrication.

Sanjiv Wazir, Technical Manager, Lukoil Marine Lubricants, highlighted that ship operation is driven by IMO regulations and the economic need for improving fuel efficiency especially when burning high cost compliant fuels. He offered an overview of post 2020-options including gaseous fuels and renewables.

“Engine manufacturers have expressed concerns about cylinder oils for compliant fuels and the need for a rebalanced cylinder lubricant to cover future needs. Lukoil has introduced such a rebalanced product - Navigo MCL Extra, suitable for use with compliant fuels”, said Wazir. “Another Lukoil innovation for managing the changing fuel scenario is the intelligent cylinder oil lubrication unit iCOlube which automatically blends high base number CLO with fresh or used system oil to adjust the BN of the resulting cylinder oil, fed at an optimised rate, commensurate with changing engine load and fuel sulphur content”.

Delegates debated how the global 0.50% sulphur regulation will impact and irrevocably change the fuel and lube oil sectors. Wazir cautioned that shipowners ambivalent due to uncertainties on fuel quality, availability and costs may fall foul of regulators, and P&I clubs would turn down claims arising from violation of the 0.5% S cap.

Idnani concluded with remarks about the tumultuous upheaval and recalibration caused by IMO 2020 and future environmental regulations.

“The world economy depends on shipping and it is incumbent on the IMO to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global trade”, he said.   

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