SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 — Chevron Marine Lubricants has developed a new range of cylinder lubricants designed to be compatible with virtually all available global sulfur cap 2020 compliance options.
As the shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the IMO global sulfur cap in January 2020, the operation of ships in a multi-fuel future is a fast approaching reality. Lubricants are essential to the smooth operation and service life of propulsion machinery, but their optimal use is highly dependent on fuel sulfur content. A diversified marine fuel mix demands tailoring lubricant selection to fuel sulfur content to ensure compatibility with fuels bunkered across a fleet.
Chevron says its Taro Ultra range of lubricants delivers the same high performance and protection expected from its Taro engine lubricants, with the added benefit of being compatible with almost all engines, marine bunker fuels and abatement technologies.
The full range of Taro Ultra products covers the needs of the vast majority of vessel owners, from Taro Ultra 25 which is compatible with low sulfur fuel, distillates and many alternative fuels, to Taro Ultra 140 which is ideal for applications using high sulfur bunker fuels that require scrubber emission abatement technology.
Specifically developed by Chevron Marine Lubricants to help shipowners and operators maintain efficient operations before and after the 2020 global sulfur cap implementation, Taro Ultra products support the industry’s transition to fuel sulfur constricted operations from 2020.
“A key driver for launching Taro Ultra is to ensure the product availability and the flexibility to meet the demands of the changing sulfur global landscape, recognizing the need for more diverse fuel options we expect to be available both now and post-2020,” says Chia Yoo Soon, General Manager at Chevron Marine Lubricants. “This enables customers to make clear and concise choices that suit their unique operating requirements, ensuring the right products are available in the right places.”
“We are performing a rigorous and extensive program of field testing with leading OEMs, demonstrating the strong performance of our lubricant offering. In addition to our trusted supply network, we are delivering the reassurance and supply security our customers need during the transition,” says Luc Verbeeke, Senior Product Development Engineer at Chevron Marine Lubricants.
The new range of Taro Ultra lubricants will be phased in throughout 2019.