Why lubricant selection is key to keeping your vessel’s engine running | ExxonMobil Marine
Why lubricant selection is key to keeping your vessel’s engine running
Since the IMO 2020 fuel sulphur cap came into effect, vessel operators have made the change to low-sulphur fuel oils but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. Across the industry, some vessels that switched to compliant low-sulphur fuel have seen increased engine issues.
In order to help combat these issues, owners and operators must carefully select their lubricants. Low-sulphur fuel oils do not require the same level of protection against corrosion as high sulphur fuels. This means that a much lower base number (BN) cylinder oil can be used in the engine.
Mobilgard™ 540 was specifically designed for use with 0.50% sulphur fuels and has been shown prevent deposit build-up and help ensure reliable engine operation. Mobilgard™ 540 X can be used with all low-sulphur fuel types (0.50%, 0.10% sulphur and liquefied natural gas) and has demonstrated superior protection in the most severe engine conditions.
Lubricants with the appropriate levels of detergency are also crucial in maintaining engine cleanliness: enough detergency to prevent deposit build-up but not too much to cause other issues. As so many engine issues are caused by the formation of surface deposits, choosing a cylinder oil with a balanced formulation is key to maintaining cleanliness and performance.
Don’t allow poor lubricant selection to disrupt your operation; choose a high-quality cylinder oil that provides you with peace of mind when using IMO-compliant fuel.