Lubrication challenges impacted by operating conditions and regulations

KEY CONCEPTS

  • Marine diesel cylinder lubricants provide a hydrocarbon film between rings and liners of engines in large container ships that transport cargo globally.
  • The level of sulfur allowed in marine fuels has differed in specific geographical locations globally, leading to the development of different lubricant options. This issue may be resolved when the IMO implements a 0.5% sulfur fuel cap in marine fuels in 2020.
  • With the challenges of operating shipping fleets, operators have turned to slow steaming that has reduced fuel costs but led to the development of cold corrosion due to the lower steaming temperatures. The most important strategy to minimize cold corrosion is to monitor engine wear.

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