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MARPOL 2020 videos

A collection of short and informative videos from BP’s MARPOL lead for low sulphur marine fuels development

The films explain the wide-reaching impact of MARPOL on the fuels supply chain; how BP is addressing shipping concerns about low sulphur fuels availability, stability and compatibility; and why BP is well placed to handle this MARPOL change with its heritage, expertise and global scale.

Reshaping the marine fuels landscape

A contextual film about the wide-reaching impact of MARPOL featuring Jason Breslaw, BP’s MARPOL Lead for low sulphur marine fuels development.


Jason explains the importance of MARPOL for both direct and indirect parties against the backdrop that over 95% of the world’s bunker fuels are going to need to change.


He elaborates that MARPOL will impact the entire fuels supply chain – anyone who produces or utilises hydrocarbons – from refiners, bunker and lubricant suppliers, blenders, traders to the shipping industry.


Everyone will need to collaborate to find solutions for this vast scale of change.   

Heritage, expertise and global scale of the project

BP has deep experience with marine fuels supply according to Jason Breslaw, BP’s MARPOL Lead for low sulphur marine fuels development.


Jason describes how BP is developing the fuels of the future through its extensive marine fuels blend programme, which aims to mitigate MARPOL stability issues and concerns.


We’re communicating with a wide range of stakeholders – partners, customers, suppliers – to reduce uncertainty, allay fears and dispel misinformation about MARPOL.


BP is engaged with the international community to do what we can to support our customers & partners in the transition to 2020 and beyond…    

Fuels availability, stability and compatibility

Jason Breslaw, BP’s MARPOL Lead for low sulphur marine fuels development, addresses the real concerns of the shipping community around marine fuels availability, stability and compatibility


Jason explains how the refining industry will adapt to MARPOL and has been preparing for this change which will help allay any fears about the availability of enough compliant 0.5% sulphur fuels globally.


Refining is a flexible industry and is used to responding to all types of change as well as positively reacting to changes to the crude selection and price signals in the market.


Jason acknowledges that there is an increased risk in 2020 of fuels instability and engine problems and explains ways to mitigate this in the production and blending process. He recognises the compatibility concern of shippers by explaining the potential risks of commingling fuels on board and the value of segregating individual bunker stems.


Jason expresses BP’s desire to allay these concerns and to mitigate risks through its support of ISO and CIMAC.     

What to avoid when mixing very low sulphur marine fuels

As part of BP’s preparation for MARPOL, we show the potential for sediment formation when two compliant and stable but incompatible 0.5% sulphur marine fuels are commingled.


The stable 0.5% sulphur fuels are representative of products expected to be available at various ports during the transition to IMO 2020 regulation implementation.


BP’s comprehensive test campaign has identified compliant and stable VLSFO blends to market during the transition to 2020 and beyond.