Shell Marine Products (SMP) has announced that demand for ECA-approved marine lubricants surpassed expectations in 2014.
The company introduced the complete line back in September 2014, in preparation for the implementation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) on 1 January 2015. All ships entering and transiting the specified zones are now required to use fuels with less than 0.1% sulphur content.
“We have been pleasantly surprised by the demand that our ECA-approved lubricants have gotten. We have been quick to expand availability of our product range throughout our port network. Today, Shell Alexia S3 is available in over 330 ports in 20 countries, while Shell Gadinia and Shell Mysella are available throughout our global port network,” said Jan Toschka, General Manager of Shell Marine Products.
Newer high-performance engines, practices like slow steaming and now, ECA zone implementation have increased difficulty among ship operators, who tend to switch fuels and engine oils as they go in and out of ECA zones.
Toschka added: “We see an increased need for technical services, be that in offering used oil analysis programmes, helping to interpret and implement OEM requirements , cylinder oil condition monitoring or in assisting ship operators in crew development."