Thames Marine Services is fully licensed with the Port of London Authority (PLA) to supply fuel on the River Thames, London.
Marine Gas Oil (MGO)
Refined from crude oil, gas oil is a middle distillate liquid. There are two recognised standards of gas oil:
Class D has a maximum sulphur content of 1000ppm and meets the current BS2869 and ISO 8217 specifications. Also known as 1000ppm, 0.1% or LSGO (low sulphur gas oil).
Class A2, also known as ULSGO (ultra-low sulphur gas oil) is suitable for mobile, off-road transportation that are required to use sulphur free fuel. Class A2 meets the current BS2869 and ISO 8217 specifications and has a maximum sulphur continent of 10ppm (0.001%)
- Compatible with BS2869 Class A210ppm & Class D 1000ppm (except for Cetane Value) – meeting British standard BS 2869 for heating oil
- Same calorific value as gas oil – giving you the same heat output for less money
- Same physical properties as gas oil – no burner modifications required
Totally miscible with gas oil – no need to empty fuel tanks before changing to IHO
- Low CFPP/pour point – allows year-round summer/winter performance
Reduced sulphur content – lowers acidic flue gas emissions by up to 50% compared to Class D gas oil
- FAME/biodiesel free – reducing the potential for a bacterial attack on the stored fuel
- Contains multifunctional additive – provides fuel system cleanliness and corrosion protection, reduced emissions and combustion chamber deposit control
- Light colour, low odour and sediment-free – much cleaner than other commercially available products
We’re dedicated to ensuring a greener environment for future generations. For those seeking to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to a greener alternative to red diesel, we offer both HVO fuel and Shell GTL.
HVO is a direct replacement for red diesel that offers improved all-weather performance, particulate-free running and a vastly increased storage life of up to 10 years, whilst lowering greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.
Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil or HVO, is an advanced renewable diesel fuel, derived from 100% renewable waste streams through hydro treatment and isomerisation. It meets bio content requirements with no FAME included and, to that point, avoids the instability and operability issues seen by many low blend diesels and high blend biofuels.
As a drop-in fuel and with a wide range of OEM approvals, Crown HVO can be used within existing fleets, equipment and machinery without changes to infrastructure or capital expenditure. This removes cost barriers and enables a practical step towards decarbonisation.
HVO fuel offers a fast and simple step towards “net zero” with no CAPEX requirement and reduces greenhouse gas CO2 emissions by around 90%. The feedstocks used to manufacture Crown HVO are 100% waste, drawn from primary sources which have bypassed damage to the environment, natural ecosystem and the drive for global deforestation.
For every 1,000 litres of diesel burned, you will produce 3.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas CO2, compared to just 195kg GHG CO2 for every 1,000 litres of HVO burned.
HVO is a drop-in alternative to fossil diesel, meeting EN 15940 standards and Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC Annex II. There is no need to modify existing infrastructure – simply order HVO diesel today and go!
Shell GTL Fuel (GTL – Gas-to-Liquids)
We at Thames Marine Services currently run our fleet on Shell GTL.
Thames Marine Services work in partnership with Certas Energy to bring this low emission, cleaner burning diesel fuel to the Thames.
Shell’s Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) technology converts natural gas into high-quality liquid products that would otherwise be made from crude oil.
GTL products are colourless and odourless. They contain almost none of the impurities – sulphur, aromatics and nitrogen – that are found in crude oil.
Shell GTL Fuel is an alternative fuel for use in diesel engines, which can lower local emissions (e.g. particulate matter, NOx, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide).
It can be used in existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles without modifications, allowing for easy switchover from diesel fuel with no infrastructure investment required.
Shell GTL Fuel has broadly similar physical characteristics to crude diesel derived from crude oil, but it has a much higher cetane number, a higher mass calorific value, lower levels of sulphur and aromatics, and a lower density.
Shell GTL Fuel is already in daily use with commercial fleets in Germany and the Netherlands and is currently being used in several vessels on the Thames itself by our customers.