Most everything we consume – from a new gadget, to a new outfit or fancy shoes – have one thing in common: They likely spent some time on a container ship.

It’s often overlooked, but the fact is, 90 percent of the goods supporting our daily lives are transported by large cargo ships. Not overlooked, however, are the sulphur emissions coming from those ships crossing the globe.

Today, private and public organisations are working to reduce those emissions. Starting in 2020, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to implement a global sulphur cap on the bunker fuel that powers ocean going vessels.

Hence, at its Singapore refinery and at a number of other refineries around the world, ExxonMobil will produce low-sulphur bunker fuel.

ExxonMobil will be making its low sulphur fuel range available at some of the world’s largest ports, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Laem Chabang, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Genoa and Marseilles, ahead of 2020. Plans are also in the works to deploy the fuel at North American ports.

“It is crucial that ship operators have access to not just compliant fuels, but quality fuels prior to this deadline,” said Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager at ExxonMobil. “We are continuing to work on new streams that will provide availability to additional ports and markets.”

The collaborative effort to lower sulphur emissions is an ongoing one that is largely unseen by the public, much like the shipping routes needed to deliver goods around the world. But today, when ordering a new mobile phone or even a mattress, those goods will arrive with a smaller sulphur emissions footprint.


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