Report on the future of cylinder oil lubrication

ExxonMobil has developed a report to examine the future of cylinder oil lubrication, in collaboration with the marine consultancy Fathom Maritime Intelligence.

The report also provides advice which aims to ensure that vessel operators can make an informed decision regarding their cylinder oil choices, both now and in the future. 

Iain White, global marketing manager of marine fuels and lubricants at ExxonMobil, spoke at SMM in Hamburg where the report was launched. 

He said: “We want to be able to give the best advice to our customers - choosing the best practices is still a complicated process.”

"The upcoming cut to the global marine fuel sulphur cap will once again mean further challenges for the industry in terms of the need to switch fuels, this adds to the complexity of cylinder oil selection.”

The report hopes to help operators understand how factors, such as environmental regulations, impact the selection of cylinder oil. As well as provide a service that gives the customer advice on optimising engine performance and reduced cost. 

“Add in the growing influence of energy efficiency design index (EEDI) and NOx regulations and it is clear that vessel operation has never been more complex,” said Mr White.

The Impact of Regulation On Cylinder Oil Lubricant Selection report highlights the increased importance of initiating an effective monitoring programme, such as MobilGard Cylinder Condition Monitoring. This aims to provide an understanding of how the changing marine fuels landscape is affecting engine and oil performance. 

Alison Jarabo, Fathom’s managing director, concluded: “Choosing the most suitable cylinder oil is increasingly complicated that is why we have collaborated the report.”

“By combining ExxonMobil’s lubricant expertise with our marine industry understanding we have been able to create a comprehensive document that can help vessel operators exploit our combined insights and knowhow.”

The report can be downloaded from the Fathom Maritime Intelligence website.

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