Shell is expanding the availability of its Emission Control Area (ECA) approved marine lubricants in response to the new 0.1% sulphur content fuel requirement. Shell Alexia S3 is now available in over 330 ports in 20 countries, while Shell Gadinia and Shell Mysella are available throughout the global port network. The company is also responding to the need for a more complex range of services in the wake of the development of high-performance engines and new practices like slow steaming.
"We are seeing an increased need for technical services, be that in offering used oil analysis programmes, helping to interpret and implement OEM requirements, cylinder oil condition monitoring or in assisting ship operators in crew development," commented Jan Toschka, general manager of Shell Marine Products.
A line of ECA-approved marine lubricants has been launched by Shell in September 2014, including Shell Alexia S3, formulated for use in two-stroke engines with low sulphur and distillate fuels of up to 0.5% sulphur.
Shell Gadinia has been developed for medium-speed four-stroke engines and is used on Harvey Energy, Shell's new chartered offshore supply vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico. A fuel for gas-powered engines, Shell Mysella has also been created and is used on the company's chartered barge Greenstream, which is purported to be the world's first 100-percent LNG-powered barge.