ExxonMobil: ‘Up to two thirds of high-speed engine vessel operators have the potential to extend their oil drain intervals’

New research from ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis service indicates that many operators of high speed engine vessels are not managing their engine’s lubrication as efficiently as they could, and are therefore ‘missing out’ on the potential benefits from oil drain optimisation, including reduced lubricant expenditure and minimised used oil disposal costs.

According to ExxonMobil, up to 75% change their engine oil in line with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations – even though Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis data suggests the majority may not actually require an oil change at the time.

In a statement issued yesterday (12 July), Yannis Chatzakis, Global Field Engineering Services, Director, ExxonMobil, commented: ‘Operators who are not optimising their oil drain intervals are forgoing a range of benefits. In order to help address this problem, we have developed the Mobil Serv Oil Drain Optimization Program, a bespoke offer designed to meet the individual needs of vessel operators. It includes oil monitoring, which has the potential to improve engine reliability and a related reduction in avoidable maintenance.’

As part of the service, high speed engine vessel operators will receive support in identifying the right lubricant and its optimal drain interval, specifically customised to match their operational characteristics and business needs.

ExxonMobil added that Sindo Ferry, the largest ferry operator in Singapore, recently explored using the oil drain optimisation service, and reportedly found that its oil drain intervals more than doubled, operating costs per engine came down by between 30% and 46%, and estimated savings of 59% were made on operating costs related to oil and filters.

Ian Taylor