April 10, 2020

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ExxonMobil pushes back availability of Mobilgard™ 540 to September 2019
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ExxonMobil announced that its new 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard™ 540, will be available from 2 September 2019. The company earlier announced (in October 2018) that the newly formulated 40BN cylinder oil will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

Mobilgard 540 is specifically designed to work with the low-sulphur fuels the vast majority of the marine industry are expected to adopt for compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.50% cent sulphur cap, which comes into force on 1 January 2020. It also meets the requirements of OEMs, MAN ES and WinGD.

The new cylinder oil will replace Mobilgard™ 525 and can be used for vessels operating in 0.10% Emission Control Areas (ECAs). This means vessels with non-corrosive engines that burn compliant residual and distillate fuels only need to carry one cylinder oil.

Mobilgard 540 will be available from launch in major ports around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. It will also be offered at additional locations through ExxonMobil’s delivery network, in bulk and in packs. 

ExxonMobil offers a comprehensive range of marine products and services, including two-stroke cylinder oils, regardless of compliance choice:

  • Mobilgard™ 525 for use with 0.10% sulphur Emission Control Area (ECA) MGO
  • Mobilgard™ 540 for use with 0.50% IMO compliant fuels
  • Mobilgard™ 570 for use with high sulphur fuel in combination with a scrubber
  • Mobilgard™ 5100 for highly corrosive engines running high sulphur fuel in combination with a scrubber

Mobilgard 540 is compatible at any volume with ExxonMobil’s current MobilGard cylinder oil range, which will help to streamline the switchover to the new lubricant as no tank cleaning will be required. ExxonMobil has developed a step-by-step guide to help the maritime industry safely and effectively navigate the fuels and lubricants switchover process. 

“Mobilgard 540 is an extension to our long-standing MobilGard cylinder oil range. Used in combination with ExxonMobil’s EMF.5 fuels range, it will enable vessel operators to have confidence when complying with the IMO’s revised sulphur limit, without compromising on quality or performance,” said Frans Horjus, global marine lubricants manager, ExxonMobil.

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