The current business environment is creating pressure on ship and power generation operators to economize by seeking options to reduce fuel consumption, reduce lubricant costs, and improve engine efficiencies. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is firmly committed to reducing the sulfur content in bunker fuels from 3.5 wt% to 0.5 wt%.
This paper will look at how these current and future trends will combine to create the need to identify, develop, and commercialize improved lubricants to address the changing performance requirements demanded by changes in marine engine designs and expanded slate of alternate marine fuels – such as distillate, LNG, and Low Sulfur Fuel Oils . The procedures and sequence of tasks required by Marine Engine Manufacturers to approve lubricants for shipping and power generation applications are described.
See Tien is the Marine Product Line Specialist with Chevron Oronite in Singapore and responsible for product life cycle management and technical support. His background and experience in the marine fuel and lubricant additives extends more than 18 years, having been with Chevron Oronite the last five years and with Infineum the previous 13 years. In addition to marine, See Tien was also responsible for other product lines such as additive packages for gas engines oil, automatic transmission fluids and small engines.
One of the projects that See Tien has been spending much of his time is analyzing the impact of IMO 2020. Much of his assessment will be covered in his presentation “Marine Lubricant Market Trends – Anticipating Change.