Having installed brand-new X-DF engines on the SK Audace LNG vessel, Lubmarine’s customer SK Shipping needed to improve the operating efficiency of its existing cylinder oil in a bid to deliver:
With WinGD’s state-of-the-art engines, yet to be accompanied by a validated fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant, a three-party collaborative mission was launched to find the ideal solution.
Working closely with engineers from SK Shipping and WinGD, Lubmarine trialled its Talusia Universal cylinder oil on the SK Audace for over 4,000 hours while operating mostly on LNG. In addition, Lubmarine ran 2 separate liquid fuel trials including 2,000 hours on ULSFO and 2,000 hours on VLSFO, both on current WinGD X Generation engines, making it one of the most tested cylinder oils currently available on the market.
‘’What struck us was the level to which Lubmarine wanted to test. They wanted it to be rigorous. We ran three full validations – one on gas and two on different liquid fuels. It’s certainly one of the most tested-on lubricants we have seen.’’
FRANK VENTER PROJECT ENGINEER,TRIBOLOGY FUELS AND LUBRICANTS, WINGD
‘’Lubmarine’s Technical team and Marine Lubricant Engineers supported us through the process with both vessel inspections and also Drain Oil Analysis services in its labs. WinGD took part in those inspections as did our crews, creating a very effective collaboration.’’
RONNIE LEE MANAGER, FLEET MANAGEMENT TEAM II, SK SHIPPING
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