Neste Oil will bring to the market a low-sulfur marine fuel in accordance with the EU sulfur Directive requirements entering into force in 2015, and will begin distributing it in mid-December. The new fuel will significantly reduce sulfur, nitrogen and particle emissions in marine transportation. The sulfur Directive sets a maximum sulfur limit of 0.1% (1000 ppm) for marine fuels in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel. Vessels operating in these areas either need to install a sulfur scrubber or make a transition to low-sulfur fuel.
The new product is considerably more refined than the usual heavy fuel used on vessels today. As a result of improved product quality the new low-sulfur marine fuel keeps the vessel’s engine cleaner and prolongs servicing interval of the engine. The fuel’s quality also brings savings in operating costs. By using a low-sulfur marine fuel our customers avoid the need to make large changes to their ships, such as installing sulfur scrubbers.—Olli Vesamo, Director of Neste Oil’s Direct Sales
The product has been tested in different types of engines on five vessels; e.g., the crude carriers M/T Tempera and M/T Mastera. The product worked perfectly in both main and auxiliary engines. The new low-sulfur marine fuel is stable and compatible with middle distillates. It does not create problematic bacterial growth in fuel tanks as it does not contain traditional biodiesel, FAME (fatty acid methyl ester).
Neste Oil produces high-quality low-sulfur marine fuel at its Porvoo and Naantali refineries and the product will be available at Finnish ports.
New marine fuel will be distributed by bunkering vessel in the Helsinki region. This is a fast, safe and efficient method widely used in many other large European ports. Neste Oil will also export low-sulfur marine fuel.