Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Oil Analysis News

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ExxonMobil's Mobilgard 540 Cylinder Oil Available

ExxonMobil has announced its new 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540, will be available from September 2, 2019. The lubricant has been specifically formulated for use with 0.50% sulphur fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 emission regulations and meets the requirements of OEMs, MAN ES and WinGD.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.

FluidScan handheld device only requires a single drop of oil for testing (Photo courtesy USCG)

USCG Implements Handheld Technology for Onboard Oil Testing

With a motto of Always Ready, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has 11 missions specified by law including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. The USCG’s newest ships including 22 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) recently entered service with 36 more on order and six new National Security Cutters (NSCs) with two more in the process of being built. Oil analysis plays a critical role in the…

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ExxonMobil to Launch Cylinder Condition Monitoring Service

ExxonMobil announced it will launch Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring, its next generation cylinder condition monitoring service aiming to drive a new era of onboard lubricant analysis. Designed to deliver significant cost savings for operators, the service will help manage and improve engine protection and optimize performance. A detailed suite of reporting tools which charts the customer’s realised and potential savings. By using Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring, operators will receive recommendations on feed rate and cylinder oil to optimize engine lubricant consumption.

Mark Cornforth (Photo: Maktec)

Lubricants Manufacturer Exol Eyes Maritime Markets

A new worldwide distributor deal signed between Yorkshire-based maritime diesel engine specialist Maktec Marine and Midlands headquartered lubricant giant Exol aims to catapult the U.K. lubricants manufacturer into the maritime industry. “Exol is a sleeping giant in the maritime sector,” said Mark Cornforth, owner of Maktec, a brand with 20 years of maritime industry experience. “Exol is flourishing in the industrial, automotive, agriculture and transport sectors but wants to ramp up activity in the shipping industry, which is Maktec’s specialist area.

Navigating ECA just got easier  (Photo: Chevron)

Chevron’s Taro Cylinder Lubricant Receives New Approval

Chevron Marine Lubricants has received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its Taro Special HT 100 cylinder lubrication oil in a number of the manufacturer’s engines when operating on a wide variety of fuels from 0.0% to 3.5% sulphur, including fuels compliant with emissions control area (ECA) regulations with a maximum content of 0.10% sulphur, therefore removing the need to change cylinder lubricants when operating in and out of ECAs.

Cylinder liners demonstrated minimal wear (Photo: ExxonMobil)

An Engine Oil Goes the Distance

An inspection of one of two main engines on a U.S. inland waterways vessel revealed that ExxonMobil’s Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 diesel engine oil provided outstanding protection and cleanliness for a Cummins KTA38 marine diesel main engine after nine years of continuous use. The engine had accumulated 21,782 running hours with an initial fill of Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 engine oil. Mobil SignumSM oil analysis was used to closely monitor the health of the engine throughout this period, with support from the ExxonMobil field engineering team.

ClassNK Launches Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service

ClassNK’s subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service (NKCS) has officially launched its Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service. The service will provide an oil analysis report for the properties of bunker fuel oil based on the ISO8217 Standard with advice such as oil heating and purification. Testing laboratories are located worldwide in Singapore, UAE, U.K. and U.S. After sampled oil is received at the nearest laboratory from each ship, an analysis report will be provided by email and online within 48 hours.

New Cylinder Lubricant: Shell Alexia 140

Shell Marine has shared an insight into the approach driving its work to protect modern ultra-efficient diesel engines against cold corrosion while still optimizing cylinder oil feed rates, across the entire range of vessel operating conditions. The company said it has been working closely with major OEMs and several ship owners who support this development. Following formulation and laboratory testing in 2015, the new Shell Alexia 140 has ondergoe over six months of shipboard trials with a Shell Marine customer.

Total Lubmarine Launches Talusia Optima

Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has launched Talusia Optima, a new cylinder lube oil compatible with high sulphur heavy fuel oils and ultra-low sulphur distillate fuels. According to the manufacturer, the new lube has been developed to simplify the management of vessels trading globally in and out of Emission Control Areas (ECAs), and offers the potential to reduce lube consumption and help extend engine life. Talusia Optima is suitable for use with fuels ranging in sulphur content of between 0 and 3.5 percent.

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Engine Providers Power Operators' Profits

With an eye towards environmental compliance, operational efficiencies and the bottom line, the Marine News top propulsion providers touch all bases. Sitting down to select the best engine and propulsion manufacturers in the workboat marine space isn’t necessarily the easiest task in the world. Nor is it a linear exercise. On the other hand, these Marine News featured firms – Caterpillar Marine, Volvo Penta and Yanmar – all have more in common than you might think. With a laser focus on their collective customer’s bottom lines and addressing that concern through technology…

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More Operators Relying on Oil Condition Monitoring -Shell

As of April 2016, Shell Marine Products (SMP) has analyzed more than 50,000 cylinder drain oils samples via its Shell Rapid Lubricants Analysis (RLA) oil condition monitoring service. By identifying potential oil or equipment issues before they become critical, many shipping companies use Shell RLA as part of their planned maintenance regime. Shell RLA helps to deliver greater equipment reliability and reduced downtime. Shell said this service has grown rapidly in recent years…

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines. “We recognize that minimizing downtime is a critical requirement for commercial marine operators,” said Marcia Kull, Vice President-Marine Sales, for Volvo Penta of the Americas. Volvo Penta launched its oil analysis program in 2014 to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil. A factory authorized oil analysis provides a basic driveline health check yielding a wealth of information on what’s happening inside an engine.

Britannia (Photo courtesy of Intertek)

Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor the condition of Britannia’s engines and other oil lubricated systems. Britannia, the largest cruise ship designed exclusively for British holiday market, set sail from Southampton last month to fulfill a busy timetable of Mediterranean cruisers which does not allow for unexpected engine and machinery repairs or time out of service.

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Shell Ready for ECA Challenges

Since the implementation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) on January 1, 2015, ships entering waters in the Baltic Sea; the North Sea; the North American ECA, including most of the U.S. and Canadian coast, as well as the French overseas collectivities of St. Pierre and Miquelon; and the U.S. Caribbean ECA, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Sea had to use fuels with up to 0.1% sulphur content. Shell Marine Products (SMP) was the first to introduce a complete line of ECA-approved marine lubricants in September 2014.

Ship Emissions: Chevron Lube Gains Key Approval

A new Chevron Marine Lubricants 100 BN cylinder oil, which is designed to offer ship owners the ability to achieve the latest emissions legislation, has received full sign off from a key engine maker. Chevron Marine Products LLC launched its Taro Special HT 100 lubricant earlier this year. MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) has upgraded its interim approval for this product to a full ‘no objection letter’ following extensive sea trials. The trials were successfully conducted on a VLCC equipped with the latest generation MAN G-engine Mk 9.2 and took place in early 2014 under conditions prescribed by MAN.

What’s in Your Engine Oil?

Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering an Oil Analysis Program for all Volvo Penta diesel and gas engines. With this information, maintenance can be planned effectively and unplanned downtime and repair expenses avoided.  Collect the sample and send it to a Volvo Penta laboratory and a complete report by email will be sent back with recommendations for maximizing engine performance. www.volvopenta.com   (As published in the June 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)

Finning Power Systems Offers Discounted Engine Overhauls

An overhaul is the best way to extend an investment in a Cat marine engine, as returning the equipment to peak condition will ensure optimal productivity can be achieved. At the show Finning will also be offering a free oil sampling kit or operation manual for Cat engine operators, as well as the opportunity to receive 20% off Cat parts on orders transacted between May 27 and June 12. Finning works with boat builders, owners and fleet superintendants, offering a range of Cat, MaK and Perkins marine propulsion solutions, auxiliary engines and packaged generator sets for the fishing sector.

What’s in Your Engine Oil?

Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering customers an Oil Analysis Program designed to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil. The program is available for all Volvo Penta diesel and gas engines. Engine oil analysis provides a basic driveline “health check” for an engine, yielding a wealth of information on what’s going on inside. With this information, you can plan your maintenance more effectively and reduce the risk of unplanned downtime and repair expenses. The process is fast and easy. Collect your oil sample and send it to a Volvo Penta laboratory.