During a bustling SMM week in Hamburg, representatives of ship owners, engine builders and fuel and lubricant specialists gathered to discuss engine condition challenges and potential solutions.

Taking place just over a year ahead of IMO’s global sulphur cap, the fifth ExxonMobil roundtable, organised by The Motorship, could only have been dominated by one theme. Titled ‘Data-driven cylinder condition strategies for a complex future’, the event brought together key industry representatives for a frank discussion on the uses of engine condition monitoring, big data and smart shipping.

With well over 95% of the industry expected to opt for compliant, 0.50% sulphur fuel come 1 January 2020, talk of the impending challenges caused by an across-the-board switch to low-sulphur fuel could fill entire agendas and was no doubt the focus of many conversations across SMM.

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