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Cylinder Oil analysis – the sweet spot for improvement

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Delegates outside the QE2

Dubai, 29 November 2018 – ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, presented an advanced onboard condition monitoring program to optimize engine performance to 146 ship owners/managers, executives from shipyards, engineering firms, oil & gas exploration and services companies, suppliers/service companies, marine consultants, independent surveyors, classification societies managers, inspectors from regional Flag administrations & Port officials from the Middle East.

Nikeel Idani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE

Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch who presided the informative meeting, set the stage for the topic by emphasizing the critical importance of adequate cylinder oil feed rate. On the one hand correct feed rate prevents component wear while on the other, over-lubrication is a waste of money and leads to unwanted deposits. He then invited the keynote speaker to demystify the operating conditions inside an engine at an IMarEST UAE branch meeting hosted onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, one of Dubai’s most iconic destinations for dining, nightlife and events.

David Squirrell (Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants)

David Squirrell (Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants), winner of the IMarEST UAE branch best presentation in 2014, outlined that scrape down oil analysis is an essential tool for vessel operators as it provides information that can help improve engine reliability, reducing associated maintenance and repair costs. David brought to light that many ship operators are now required to switch between fuels and lubricants when entering and leaving Emission Control Areas in order to meet the 0.10% fuel Sulphur cap. Knowing what is happening inside their engines has never been more important. Vessel operators are increasingly encountering fuels with high levels of cat fines, which can cause abrasive wear if not properly treated. With an effective condition monitoring program, such a fuel batch will immediately be identified by a spike in metal content within the scrapedown oil, helping ensure that preventative steps can be taken before the fuel is used. Through regular testing, results can be plotted, and trends uncovered to gain a full understanding of cylinder oil and engine condition. The results can help vessel operators identify the most appropriate BN cylinder oil and feed rate to protect engines from cold corrosion.

A full house!

David’s eloquent presentation yielded a collection of insights, some large, some seemingly small, but all of them pertinent to giving further understanding into the performance of the cylinder oil and the engine. The seminar’s principal achievement was providing an opportunity to exchange information and knowledge. This has become part of the IMarEST UAE branch culture and has been embraced by the Middle East maritime fraternity because the branch creates a propitious climate guided by the pursuit of knowledge reflecting the immediate industry reality.

Nourished by David’s stirring talk and spurred by their own challenges, the truly captivated audience interacted with profound eagerness, candor and open-mindedness to resolve technical queries. Thereafter, the gourmets indulged in a host of gastronomic delights conjured up by the QE 2 chefs during the evening’s grand finale in the Grand Lounge – a cabaret style venue complete with a stage and dance floor and decorated in dark red velvet curtains, chairs and carpeting.

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Nikeel Idnani December 8, 2018 - 10:24 AM

The IMarEST-ExxonMobil meeting on 29 Nov 2018 was hosted in Dubai with grandeur at an iconic maritime venue – onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Nourished by David Squirrell’s (Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants) eloquent presentation, 146 regional maritime stakeholders interacted with profound eagerness, candor and open-mindedness to demystify the operating conditions inside an engine especially the consequences in service when burning low Sulphur fuels post Jan 2020.

A short video can be viewed via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JycC8N9hGs4


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