Exploring cylinder condition challenges

Data-driven strategies can help address the cylinder condition challenges brought by increasing environmental regulation (credit: ExxonMobil) Data-driven strategies can help address the cylinder condition challenges brought by increasing environmental regulation (credit: ExxonMobil)

A roundtable discussion organised by ExxonMobil and The Motorship considered the cylinder condition challenges around new legislation and how digitalisation can help shipping to tackle them.

The event, held at the SMM marine technology exhibition in Hamburg yesterday (5 September), was attended by engine developers, fuel experts, ship owner associations and ship operators. The theme was ‘data driven cylinder condition strategies for a complex future’.

Industry preparedness for the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulphur rule was a key subject of discussion. So too was the importance of monitoring engine performance and cylinder condition after the introduction of new fuel types compliant with the global sulphur cap.

“Sulphur compliance and the associated technical challenges are some of the biggest and most immediate uncertainties facing the industry,” said Gavin Lipsith, editor, The Motorship. “The roundtable was a welcome opportunity to discuss those complexities – and some of the digital solutions that may offer peace of mind for ship owners.”

A full report of the roundtable will be published online and in the November print issue of The Motorship.

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