Assessing the lubricant demands of methanol fuel

Chevron has used a year of operations on two methanol carriers to examine the impact of the fuel on lubrciation demands Chevron has used a year of operations on two methanol carriers to examine the impact of the fuel on lubrciation demands

Chevron Marine Lubricants has published a white paper exploring the implications of methanol fuel on the lubrication needs of two-stroke engines.

The report, title ‘Methanol and Marine Lubricants in a Lower Sulphur, Lower Emissions Future’, looks at the operation of methanol-fuelled ME-LGI engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo onboard two ships co-owned by Marinvest Shipping. In particular the paper show how Chevron's Taro Special cylinder lubricants and DOT.FAST analysis service support the successful operation of Mari Jone and Mari Boyle – two of the first ships in the world powered by methanol-fuelled low speed engines.

Ian Thurloway, brand and marketing manager, Chevron Marine Lubricants, said: “ECA and IMO 2020 regulations mean that shipowners and operators are increasingly turning to the use of alternative marine fuels to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing legislative and operational landscape.”

The paper was produced in cooperation with MAN, Marinvest and the charterer of the vessels, Methanex Corp. It is the first in a series of white papers planned by Chevron focusing on ‘innovations and developments impacting the shipping industry’.

The report is available here. The Motorship will review the paper in its February 2018 print issue.

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