The controversial question of which base number cylinder lubricant should be used in large two stroke engines is being turned on its head once again as oil suppliers and engine designers come to terms with the effects of using fuels of very low sulphur content.
BP Marine and Castrol have said that the two brands, both part of the BP group, will now consolidate their marine lubrication product offerings under the Castrol brand.
In terms of cylinder lubricants, cold corrosion is an issue that is currently giving cause for concern among many ship operators whose fleet includes modern two-stroke powered vessels.
Castrol Marine says that it has developed a completely new cylinder oil in response to corrosion issues in modern two-stroke engines, particularly relating to slow steaming.
Castrol Marine has welcomed new guidance from Wärtsilä that undermines claims that mid-range base number (BN) oils represent a single cylinder oil solution for marine 2-stroke engines.
Castrol Marine has spoken on the latest recommendations to ship-owners from MAN Diesel & Turbo, supporting Castrol’s advice that misapplication of mid-range base number (BN) cylinder oils can cause corrosion.
Castrol Marine has launched Cyltech 80 AW, an 80BN cylinder oil developed for two-stroke crosshead engines to match engine performance with the demands of varying sulphur fuels and the impact of slow steaming.
With the 0.1% fuel sulphur cap entering into force in ECAs on 1 January 2015, owners need to be prepared. The new rules are now less than three years away, and there is still some confusion.
Oil companies are taking diverse approaches to the question of the different cylinder lubrication needs of two-stroke engines running high or low suplhur fuels, and those changing between high and low sulphur fuel, such as when entering or leaving ECAs.
A powerful new online version of Castrol marine’s comprehensive directory of marine services (DMS) will be going live in December
Castrol Marine has announced a deal to supply environmentally responsible lubricants to Miami-based cruise ship management company International Shipping Partners (ISP).
Castrol Academy, Castrol Marine’s technical training and assessment tool, has been recognised by the Royal Institution Of Naval Architects (RINA).
The opening of the Castrol China Technology Centre recently took place in Shanghai’s Pudong Jinqiao Science Park, marking an important step in the development of Castrol’s global technology strategy.
The end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup saw the culmination of Castrol Marine’s football campaign in the maritime sector. Through targeted media coverage and event sponsorship, Castrol estimates its ‘Passionate about Performance’ campaign engaged over 700 customers, involving some 300,000 individuals.
The grand opening of the Castrol China Technology Centre recently took place in Shanghai’s Pudong Jinqiao Science Park, marking an important step in the development of Castrol’s global technology strategy.
Castrol Marine has launched a range of online resource tools aimed at the marine industry. The Castrol e-books allow users to download detailed information of the product range and technical data.
The 2010 FIFA Word Cup may have been something the French wanted to forget – even more so than the English team – but three days before the kick off in South Africa, visitors to the Castrol Marine stand at Posidonia in Athens were treated to a personal appearance by a French football star.
Castrol Marine has announced it is supplying environmentally responsible lubricants to several new builds for Taiwanese petrochemical company Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC).
The full conference programme has been finalised, and further details are available of the event's Castrol-sponsored gala dinner.
Castrol will, later this year, be opening a lubricants technology centre in China to be located in the Jinqiao Science Park, Shanghai.
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