Shell Marine’s cylinder oil receives MAN ES approval

Shell Marine has received a full No Objection Letter (NOL) from MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) for Shell Alexia 40 XC, its Category II (CAT II) 40BN cylinder oil.

The NOL was received following the conclusion of the Main NOL Service Test and Confirmation Test for Alexia 40XC. The successful approval of this formulation is the result of collaboration with MAN ES to develop an approved CAT II lubricant for engines operating with <0.5% Sulphur fuels (ranging from Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil to Liquefied Natural Gas) and rigorous testing with the latest engine designs (Mark 9 and higher).

Dr Luis Garcia, Technology Manager for Marine and Engine Lubricants, Shell Marine, said: “With the industry focused on reducing emissions, engine technology is continuously evolving to deliver higher efficiencies when operating with very low to zero sulphur fuels. The latest engine for higher-performing lubrication, particularly engine cleanliness, makes the development of a CAT II 40BN cylinder oil essential.”

“This has been a key project for Shell Marine. We are committed to supporting the industry’s smooth adoption of more efficient engines and cleaner fuels and having a comprehensive portfolio of cylinder lubricants to meet the needs of both older and newer engines. Upon receiving the service letter issued by MAN ES, we embarked on developing an in-house solution which would provide a similar level of cleanliness and performance as 100 BN products. We are delighted to have received the NOL from MAN ES for Alexia 40XC.”