Shell to launch new two-stroke engine cylinder oil

alexiaShell Marine Products (SMP) says it plans to leverage its knowledge of two-stroke engine oil stress to launch Alexia S4, a new cylinder oil designed to help ship operators reduce lifetime operating costs and complexity.

"We pioneered the oil-stress concept and have previously defined it in four-stroke engines," said Surinderdeep Singh, General Manager, Shell Marine Products. "This scientific thinking was then applied to two-stroke engines and oil stress was found to differ between four and two-stroke engines. We are now using this knowledge and our industry insights to develop new products with optimum performance for current and future needs."

He said Shell Marine Products emphasis on research and development is intended to help customers facing industry pressures such as the need to move goods reliably and at lower cost due to the global economic recession, new legislations on fuel specifications, stringent emission targets and new Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

The launch of Alexia S4 is timed for 2012, and extensive field trials are underway.

Alexia S4 is designed to help ship operators to reduce the lifetime operating costs and operational complexity across a wide range of operating conditions, fuel specifications, engine and vessel types.

Shell Alexia S4 has been developed in the Marine and Power Innovation Center (MPIC), Shell's world-class marine testing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

September 12, 2011

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