As shipowners get to grips with the reality of switching fuels to comply with sulphur limit regulations, the lubricant industry is working flat out on new products.
One product designed specifically to facilitate fuel switching when transiting in and out of Emission Control Areas (ECAs), without the need to change lubricants is Total Lubmarine’s Talusia Optima which has been developed for use with fuels with a sulphur content of between 0 – 3.5%.
Total Lubmarine has now received a No Objection Letter from MAN Diesel & Turbo for the use of its cylinder lube oil, Talusia Optima, 100 BN in the engine manufacturer’s two-stroke engine designs. The move follows the completion of a successful 8,700 hour sea-trial and means that Talusia Optima is now approved by the three major 2-stroke engine manufacturers Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), Japan Engine Corporation (JEC) and MAN Diesel & Turbo.
The sea-trials were completed on-board a modern 14,000 TEU containership powered by the latest generation fuel-efficient 2-stroke 11S90ME-C mark 10.2 B&W engine, while sailing in and out of ECAs in Europe and regional emission control zones in Asia. The vessel sailed for more than 600 hours in ECAs powered by distillate fuels with a sulphur content of 0.1% and below.
Total Lubmarine says that the lubricant is based on an innovative and new type of chemistry known as Ashfree Neutralizing Molecules (ANM) which provides effective acid neutralization, cylinder cleanliness and has the potential to reduce feed rates.
“This was our longest ever trial of a new lube and provides both customers and OEMs with the reassurance that Talusia Optima can be safely used on-board vessels trading for lengthy periods in and out of ECAs,“ said Total Lubmarine’s Technical Director Jean-Philippe Roman. He added: The sea-trial and comprehensive validation tests were carried out using a combination of our already approved cylinder oils, Talusia LS 25 and Talusia Universal 100.
This allowed for the inspection teams to compare and contrast the performance of the new Talusia Optima product. The results demonstrated the cleanliness of the engine when used with low and high sulphur fuels in and outside the ECAs, and the better efficiency to minimize the liner wear.’’
OOCL picks Shell solutions for largest boxship Major container carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), one of the world’s largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies, has appointed Shell Marine to provide its integrated marine solutions, which include lubricants and services for the OOCL Hong Kong. The 21,413 TEU vessel is currently the world’s largest container ship and is operating on Asia-Europe services.
Protecting, maintaining and optimising marine engine performance at a time when engine technology is fast developing can be challenging and complex, particularly during a period when fuel selection and vessel speed requirements are also up for discussion. The G-type engine design used in the OOCL Hong Kong requires close oil performance monitoring and technical support and since the containership also needs to optimise its performance by tackling very challenging operating conditions, this means that selecting high quality cylinder oil is of utmost importance.
In addition to Shell Marine’s lubricants, Shell LubeMonitor has been deployed onboard OOCL Hong Kong – which includes
a cylinder oil condition monitoring service that uses shipboard and laboratory analysis to help optimise engine performance and enable predictive maintenance. The programme includes access to Shell tools and expert advice to help customers strike and maintain an acceptable balance between feed rate related cylinder oil costs and wear-related cylinder maintenance expenses. It is now enhanced with a new software package, Marine Connect, designed to transfer on-board analysis data to the Shell experts easily and securely.
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