Neste rolls out new low-sulphur marine fuel ahead of IMO cap

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Renewable fuels producer Neste has introduced a low-sulphur marine fuel, which is compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new global sulphur cap, effective from 1 January 2020.

At the start of 2020, a 0.5% sulphur cap on fuel content will be imposed for areas currently within a 3.5% limit. All vessels operating in these areas will be required to either use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, or install exhaust gas cleaning systems.

The company’s new Neste Marine™ 0.5 fuel, which contains maximum 0.5% sulphur, will be introduced to the market by the end of 2019. The low-sulphur fuel offers shipping companies an easy solution to switch to, which guarantees immediate compliance with the upcoming IMO cap.

“Neste has always been in the forefront of developing cleaner and more sustainable solutions,” commented Marko Pekkola, executive vice-president of oil products at Neste. “This is also the key driver within our marine fuels business. Neste Marine 0.5 meets the stricter legislative requirements for maritime sulphur emissions, enabling smooth operations.”

The marine fuel will be manufactured in Neste’s refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The product meets RMG 0.5 specification and ISO 8217:2017 standard requirements, and will be available in northwest Europe.