Lukoil Marine Lubricants, the Hamburg-based subsidiary of the Russian oil major, has developed an intelligent cylinder oil lubrication system designed to match engine requirements and fuel quality.
Officially launched at this year’s SMM exhibition in September, the iCOlube unit optimises the company’s Navigo 100 MCL cylinder oil by blending either fresh or used engine oil, such as Navigo 6 SO.
“The iCOlube unit is designed to tailor a cylinder oil perfectly to the prevailing engine requirements and fuel quality,” said Stefan Claussen, technical and marketing director for Lukoil in Hamburg, and one of the developers of the system.
“With the engine always at its optimum feed rate, the operator only needs to enter the sulphur content of the fuel. In this way iCOlube ensures safe and easy operation while saving oil costs at the same time,” Mr Claussen added.
Lukoil says the system also helps to avoid excessive alkalinity reserves and to reduce cylinder oil and fuel consumption and used system oil disposal. Compared with traditional ship operation, iCOlube is said to reduce environmental impacts. For example, the results of a life cycle assessment on iCOlube show that this system results in the equivalent of a 13 per cent reduction of CO2.
Navigo 100 MCL is said to reduce wear rates and operating costs, particularly during slow steaming. Lukoil said in a statement that over the past two years it had, together with the engine manufacturers MAN Diesel & Turbo and Wärtsilä, demonstrated the capabilities of this high-performance oil on a number of marine engines. MP