ExxonMobil identifies cost-saver for high-speed engine operators

Written by Nick Blenkey
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ExxonMobil data indicates that many operators of vessels with high-speed engine vessels are not managing their engine’s lubrication as efficiently as they could. Up to 75% of them change their engine oil in line with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations. However, according to Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis data the majority may not actually require an oil change at the time.

The insight from ExxonMobil’s used oil analysis service reveals that up to two-thirds of high speed engine vessel operators are missing out on a variety of potential benefits from oil drain optimization, including reduced lubricant expenditure and minimized used oil disposal costs.

“Operators who are not optimizing their oil drain intervals are forgoing a range of benefits,” said Yannis Chatzakis, Global Field Engineering Services, Director, ExxonMobil. “In order to help address this problem, we have developed the Mobil Serv Oil Drain Optimization Program, a bespoke offer designed to meet the individual needs of vessel operators. It includes oil monitoring, which has the potential to improve engine reliability and a related reduction in avoidable maintenance.”

As part of the service, high speed engine vessel operators will receive support in identifying the right lubricant and its optimal drain interval, specifically customized to match their operational characteristics and business needs.

Sindo Ferry, the largest ferry operator in Singapore, recently explored oil drain optimization with ExxonMobil. The aim was to reduce expenditure without compromising reliability. The program far exceeded its original cost-cutting objective, delivering multiple benefits, including:

  • Oil drain intervals more than doubled;
  • Operating cost came down by 30% – 46% per engine; and
  • An estimated savings of 59% of operating costs related to oil and filters.
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