On 7 and 8 November 2017, the Asian Marine Engineering Conference in Singapore brought together the marine industry for two days of high-level discussion and networking with a strong focus on marine engines, propulsion systems, fuels and lubes as well as the crucial legislative changes the industry will be facing over the next few years.
In view of the uncertainties around the marine fuel landscape after 2020, the Marine Lubes Panel discussion addressed future cylinder lubrication solutions for low and ultra-low sulphur fuels as a major topic. Following up on a specific question from an OEM representative in the audience, the panellists gave their opinions on the issue that the existing 40 BN lubricants in the market do not provide sufficient detergency to handle 0.1 and any 0.5% fuels as one single cylinder oil. According to the OEM representative, this creates the need to have both 20 and 40 BN cylinder oils in 2020, and just increasing the BN will create other issues.
The panellists agreed on the importance of balancing the reduction of BN by substituting the oil with other components, which explains the associated cost increase – rather than a decrease, which is commonly (albeit incorrectly) assumed in connection with lower BN cylinder oils.
Lukoil Marine Lubricants technical and marketing manager Tony Tan, a panellist in the Lubes Session during the conference, explains “I agree it is all about finding the right balance in components and that is exactly what we have done. In order to get the balance right, solve the issue of insufficient detergency and achieve the right performance for the range of sulphur fuels, we improved the formulation of our existing 40 BN cylinder oil Navigo 40 MCL. Due to the change in the formulation, we could not keep the previous name and, thus, had to go through extensive trials for our new 40 BN cylinder oil NAVIGO MCL Extra.”
Navigo MCL Extra is a 40 BN marine cylinder oil for distillate, ultra-low sulphur fuel oil (<0.1%S) and low sulphur heavy fuel oil applications. It was launched by Lukoil Marine Lubricants in May 2017. NAVIGO MCL Extra is approved for MAN and Wärtsilä (WINGD) engines and complements Lukoil Marine’s product portfolio for low and ultra-low sulphur applications.
“We developed NAVIGO MCL Extra in order offer our customers the best possible lubricant solutions in the years leading up to 2020 and beyond. Regardless of whether desulphurisation, MGO or distillate blends or any predominantly hydrocarbon blend with a maximum of 0.5% sulphur content or a 0.1% limit in ECA – we are ready,” said Lukoil Marine Lubricants technical and marketing director Stefan Claussen.
Lukoil Marine Lubricants already positioned itself as technology leader with the introduction of the first 100 BN cylinder oil as the answer to severe corrosive wear issues of modern engines and the development of iCOlube, an onboard unit for intelligent cylinder oil lubrication.