Shell Marine launches new lubricant ahead of IMO 2020


Shell Marine launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) as IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulation is approaching. The ‘Shell Alexia 40’ will be available for use in Singapore from June 1, 2019.

As the company stated, it will be slowly introduced to other important supply ports within the Shell Marine global networks, such as the US, China, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before January 1, 2020.

Moreover, the technology was developed to optimise equipment performance and condition as ship owners and charterers prepare for the new sulphur regulations.

The company believes that the majority of the shipping fleet will aim to comply with the IMO regulation by switching to fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5% and below.

Joris van Brussel, Shell Marine Global General Manager stated

Shell Marine can help ship owners and charterers be prepared as the world moves to a low emissions future… we will help our customers to have the right lubricants in the right place at the right time to take the uncertainty out of fuel selection.

The company highlighted that the engine has undergone thousands of hours of tests on board four ships with the latest engine types, using representative IMO 2020-compliant fuels, to verify performance at sea.

Shell Marine, part of Royal Dutch Shell, serves over 10,000 vessels globally, ranging from large ocean-going tankers to small boats.