Chevron develops 2020-ready marine lube range


 Chevron Marine Lubricants has developed a new range of cylinder lubricants said to be compatible with virtually almost all engines, marine bunker fuels and abatement technologies.


Launched with the upcoming global 0.5 percent cap on fuel sulphur content in mind, Chevron’s Taro Ultra products are designed to cover the needs of the vast majority of vessel owners – from Taro Ultra 25, which is compatible with low-sulphur fuel, distillates and alternative fuels, to Taro Ultra 140, developed for applications using high-sulphur bunker fuels that require scrubber emission abatement technology.

Commenting on the news, Chevron said:

As the global shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the global sulphur 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 sulphur content. A diversified marine fuel mix demands tailoring lubricant selection to fuel sulphur content to ensure compatibility with fuels bunkered across a fleet.

“In launching the Taro Ultra range, Chevron Marine Lubricants is providing its customers with complete peace of mind for the supply of regulation-ready engine lubricants that are compatible with virtually all options for regulatory compliance,” Chevron added.

Chia Yoo Soon, General Manager at Chevron Marine Lubricants, remarked: “A key driver for launching Taro Ultra is to ensure the product availability and the flexibility to meet the demands of the changing sulphur global landscape, recognising the need for more diverse fuel options we expect to be available both now and post-2020. 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.”

Luc Verbeeke, Senior Product Development Engineer at Chevron Marine Lubricants, stated: “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.”

The Taro Ultra lubricants range is due to be phased in throughout 2019.