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Blog Article - April 23, 2020


Three months after the introduction of the new sulfur limits, it is still too early to tell if the transition has been a successful one, although some signs are starting to emerge.

At Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, the foundation for the successful move to cleaner fuels was borne from several years of research and planning. The development of Total’s 0.5% sulphur fuels started long before 2020 with the joint involvement of our refineries, research centres and customers, leading to TMFGS becoming the first oil major to run a VLSFO trail on a container ship loaded in Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA) hub.

Furthermore, the emergence of 2020 acts not as a resting point, but as a catalyst for further change with a much greater focus on emissions reductions in the shipping industry. With the target set by the IMO to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 now clearly on the horizon, TMFGS is focusing on meeting the challenges that this will bring by developing effective solutions today.

Key to this is the development of LNG as a marine fuel – providing the industry with a clear opportunity to transition to sustainable activity towards 2050.

As TMFGS Managing Director Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet highlights in his interview with Marine Log this is being achieved through significant investment in LNG bunker vessels in order to develop a global supply chain that will bring measurable benefits to the shipping industry towards 2050.

The article also features Serge Dal Farra of Total Lubmarine discussing how, as the industry's knowledge and experience of new fuels evolves, the need for ship operators to use both lubricants and monitoring tools to provide optimal engine performance, and engine cleanliness, is critical to their business reputation and long-term success.


Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Managing Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions
Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet , Managing Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions


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