The majority of operators of high-speed engine vessels are not managing their engine’s lubrication as efficiently as they could, while up to two-thirds of them have the potential to extend their oil drain intervals, latest data by oil major ExxonMobil revealed.
new lubricant analysis by the company showed that up to 75% of high-speed vessel operators change their engine oil in line with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations but the majority may not actually require an oil change at the time.
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Specifically, the 14,000 Mobil Serv℠ Lubricant Analysis samples, taken from 1,800 marine high-speed diesel engines, revealed that 75% of vessel operators are changing their oil at or below OEM recommended oil drain intervals (after 250-500 hours). However, according to this data just 11% of these vessels actually required an oil change.
Therefore, 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.