Shell introduces new lubricant ahead of IMO 2020

Apr 18 2019

In support of customer preparedness for IMO 2020, Shell Marine is introducing Shell Alexia 40 – a new 2-stroke engine cylinder oil.

This new oil has been specifically developed for use with engines running on 0.5% sulfur content very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).


With a Base Number of 40, Shell Alexia 40 has been introduced to optimise equipment performance and condition as shipowners and charterers prepare for the IMO’s 0.5% global sulfur cap.


Shell Marine said it expected most of the world’s shipping fleet to comply with IMO 2020 by switching to fuels with a sulfur content of 0.5% and below.


“Shell Marine can help shipowners and charterers be prepared as the world moves to a low emissions future. As a trusted partner, 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,” said Joris van Brussel, Shell Marine Global General Manager.


After extensive testing at Shell’s Marine & Power Innovation Centre in Hamburg and working closely with OEMs, Shell Alexia 40 has undergone thousands of hours of trials on board four ships with the latest engine types, using representative IMO 2020-compliant fuels, to verify performance at sea.


The new product will be available for use in Singapore from 1st June, 2019 and will be gradually introduced to other main supply ports within the Shell Marine global network such as the US, China, UAE and the Netherlands before 1st January, 2020.


Its launch will coincide with an introduction of the new Shell Alexia 2-stroke engine oils portfolio, highlighting the relationship between fuel grade and recommended cylinder oil Base Number after the implementation of IMO 2020. All Shell Alexia grades are fully miscible and compatible with the existing portfolio.


The five products in the Shell Alexia portfolio are now directly branded by BN as Shell Alexia 25, 40, 70, 100 and 140 to minimise errors on board and maximise opportunities to align lubricant selection with the fuel in use.


For example, Shell Alexia 25 is recommended for 0.1% ultra low sulfur fuel oil/LNG, while Shell Alexia 100 and 140 are recommended for owners preferring to operate on HSHFO with exhaust gas scrubbers.


Previous: Spire and AXSMarine join to create greater Accuracy in maritime intelligence

Next: Unique to offer marine scrubber solutions via Kamelia Cleantech

June 2020

low carbon strategy - digital tanker market models - battery explosions - better catering onboard - challenges of ballast installations