BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry



« News Home
:: Monthly Archive

News Topics
:: Air Pollution
:: Agreements & M&A's
:: Alternative Fuels
:: BunkerBlog
:: Cargoes & Storage
:: Company News
:: Efficiency, Costs & Charges
:: Environment
:: Events
:: Financial
:: Fuel Quality & Testing
:: Lubes & Additives
:: Oil Spills
:: People
:: Port News
:: Projects
:: Regulation, Legal
:: Services, Products,Technology
:: Statistics & Research
:: Vessels

Regional Archive
:: Americas
:: Asia/Oceania
:: Europe
:: M.East/Africa


BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry
Home » News





Shell Marine unveils 'next-gen' trunk piston engine oils

06 Jun 2017 12:23 GMT

New oils are designed to help ship owners meet cost and performance challenges.



Shell Marine has unveiled its "next-generation" Shell Argina and Shell Gadinia trunk piston oils for the medium-speed engine market.

The Shell Argina range includes four grades: the BN20 Shell Argina S2 for residual, blended and distillate fuels; the 'mainstream' Shell Argina S3 (BN30) and Shell Argina S4 (BN40); and Shell Argina S5 (BN55) - which is designed to offer extra protection from deposits and extended oil life.

Meanwhile, Shell Gadinia S3 is a new addition to the existing standard and anti-lacquer Gadinia variants, and has been developed to control oil consumption in modern engines burning distillate fuels. It is said to have a comprehensive set of non-engine approvals for a wide range of non-engine shipboard applications, to provide a single long-term lubricant solution for smaller vessels working in the most severe operating conditions.

According to Shell, "exhaustive" in-engine trials at its Marine and Power Innovation Centre in Hamburg confirm Shell Argina and Shell Gadinia as oils that avoid sludge formation, improve piston and crankcase cleanliness, and thus block deposit formation.

Both oil types are said to offer improved detergency over previous Shell Marine products and those from competitors.

"Compared with a high-performing industry reference oil, the new Shell Argina S5 shows a 12.6% improvement in BN retention and a 15-20% improvement in piston undercrown deposit thickness, for example," explained Marcus Schaerer, Shell Marine Global Marketing Manager. "For operators, this can translate into lower operating costs via longer oil life, less sweetening and reduced maintenance."

Newer generation engines

Shell believes demand for distillates and low-sulphur heavy fuel oil will only increase as shipping approaches a global cap on fuel sulphur content of 0.5%, imposed by IMO from 2020. Already, dual-fuel engines are taking an increasing share of the medium speed market.

Newer generation engines are designed for better fuel economy and lower operating costs, achieved by higher brake mean effective pressure and higher operating temperatures, Shell notes.

"These characteristics pose a challenge for trunk piston engine oils, increasing the risk of rapid BN depletion and increased viscosity," explained Schaerer.

"The new Shell Argina and Shell Gadinia oils feature excellent BN retention and viscosity control to address the faster oxidation that leads to deposit formation or lubricant contamination, without resorting to unnecessary oil sweetening."






Related Links:

Shell Marine introduces 'new and unique' lubricants management programme
Shell inks three-year bunker supply agreement in Oman
Shell expands lubricants network to over 700 ports
Shell seals deal to supply LNG-fuelled dredger
Shell launches Alexia 140 cylinder lubricant

Latest News:

Wartsila and MHI-MME to market new energy-saving solution for ships
Chevron releases methanol and lubricants white paper
Singapore injects more capital to fund LNG bunker vessel newbuilds
Once again US crude production reaches three-decade output high
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
GTT and DSEC to jointly build LNG bunker tanks
Germany accepting online requests to fund LNG conversions
Brittany Ferries secures financing for LNG-fuelled ferry newbuild
Trelleborg supplies solutions to world's first floating LNG ship-to-shore system
Singapore sets new 12-month bunker sales record as November volumes rise
Brent nearly hit upper sixties before retreating to $64
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update




Page Links:

Prices
Africa
Asia
Latin America
Middle East
North America
North Europe
South Europe
Index Summary
Price Highlights
Commentaries
Futures
Prices
Antwerp
Busan
Cape Town
Fujairah
Houston
Istanbul
Kaohsiung
Las Palmas
Maracaibo
New Orleans
Piraeus
Rio de Janeiro
Rotterdam
Santos
Singapore
News
Latest News
Blogs
Archive
Americas
Asia
Europe
Middle East
News
Air Pollution
Agreements & M&A's
Alternative Fuels
Cargoes & Storage
Efficiency, Costs & Charges
Environment
Events
Financial
Fuel Quality
Lubes & Additives
Oil Spills
People
Port News
Projects
Regulation/Legal
Services, Products, Technology
Statistics & Research
Vessels
Contact & Terms
Contact Us
Advertise
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Events
Upcoming Events