ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants has expanded the availability of its Marine Gas Oil (MGO) to include the key port of Le Havre, France. The company said in a prepared statement that the expansion is part of its offer to help vessel operators meet the Emissions Control Area (ECA) 0.10 percent sulphur limit, which came into force on 1st Jan. 2015.

According to ExxonMobil, it is the first supplier to make MGO available to vessel operators in Le Havre via dedicated barge delivery. This provides faster, more efficient refueling, when compared with truck deliveries, and ensures that the required fuel volumes are available for vessels with small and big stem sizes, starting from 40mt.

“We now supply MGO at more than 40 ports worldwide, providing marine operators with our expertise, products and services on a global level.” said Luca Volta, general manager EAME, Marine Fuels and Lubricants.

The expansion of MGO availability follows the recent launch of the company’s Premium HDME 50, a new category of marine fuel that contains a low sulfur content associated with MGO and has the higher flashpoint and lower volatility properties typically found in heavy fuel oil (HFO). The new fuel has been formulated to meet the 2015 ECA sulfur limit and can help marine engineers to safely and efficiently operate their engines and boilers.

Throughout 2015, ExxonMobil will continue to expand its ECA compliant fuel offer.