An Indonesian shipping line has confirmed that installing Shell Marine’s medium-speed engine oil has led to longer oil-drain intervals and reduced costs.

Shell Marine's engine oil has led to cost savings for Indo Container Line Photo: Shell Marine

Shell Marine's engine oil has led to cost savings for Indo Container Line Photo: Shell Marine

Calculations made immediately after comparative trials for Indo Container Line (ICON Line) showed that a 58% cut in lubricant costs is available to ICON Line through the use of Shell Gadinia S3 40. This is equivalent to a saving of US$16,900 per vessel per year.

“We are delighted that following the change in oil, ICON Line vessels are operating more efficiently and more cost effectively,” said Eddie Chen, Shell Marine regional technical manager, Asia Pacific. “After running engines using Shell Gadinia S3 40 for a period of time, independent laboratory tests confirmed that oil-drain intervals can be extended from 1,500 hours beforehand to 3,500 hours.”

ICON Line had been seeking a way to extend intervals between engine oil draining without compromising on performance. The aim was to cut costs while also improving operational efficiency by reducing the risk of unplanned downtime.

After a technical assessment of ICON Line’s existing engine oil use, Shell Marine’s team and local distributor, Cahaya Samoedera Bersaudara, recommended trialling Shell Gadinia S3 40. In addition, a high level of performance has been demonstrated in real operations on a number of different engine makes and models, including Wärtsilä 8L20, MAN 8L21, Caterpillar MaK 8M20 and Bergen C25:33L6A.