ExxonMobil has developed the Mobil Serv oil drain optimisation programme, a bespoke service designed to meet the needs of vessel operators looking to reduce lubricant expenditure, minimise oil disposal costs and improve engine reliability
The company said data revealed many operators of high-speed engine vessels are not managing their engine’s lubrication efficiently enough. While up to 75% of operators change their engine oil in line with OEM recommendations, most do not take advantage of oil drain optimisation.
The insight from ExxonMobil’s – Mobil Serv Lubricant oil analysis service reveals the majority may not actually require an oil change at the time, and that up to two thirds of high-speed engine vessel operators are missing out on the potential benefits from oil drain optimisation, including reduced lubricant expenditure and used oil disposal costs.
“Operators who are not optimising their oil drain intervals are forgoing a range of benefits,” said ExxonMobil global field engineering services director Yannis Chatzakis.
“To help address this problem, we have developed the Mobil Serv oil drain optimisation programme, a bespoke offer designed to meet the individual needs of vessel operators. It includes oil monitoring, which has the potential to improve engine reliability and a related reduction in avoidable maintenance.”
As part of the service, operators will receive support in identifying the right lubricant and its optimal drain interval, customised to match their operational characteristics and business needs.
Singapore’s largest ferry operator Sindo Ferry recently signed up for an oil drain optimisation programme with ExxonMobil aiming to reduce expenditure.
Exxon said the programme’s results exceeded its original cost-cutting objective, delivering multiple benefits. Results showed that oil drain intervals more than doubled, while operating costs came down by 30%–46% per engine with estimated savings of 59% of operating costs related to oil and filters, though the oil major pointed out that these results are based on the experience of a single customer.
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