Maritime contractor Van Oord has signed a five-year agreement with Shell Marine to handle lubrication for its entire fleet.
Shell Marine’s LubeMonitor 4T programme will be used to manage lubrication feed rates and oil consumption and Shell’s field-based engineers, which assist in lubrication surveys, vessel assessments and in-depth technical and application support, will be deployed in support of Van Oord vessels as required.
“We are involved in dredging, oil and gas infrastructure and offshore wind projects around the world,” said Van Oord’s ship management department staff director Jaap de Jong.
“We must have 100% reliability and optimum efficiency wherever our vessels are operating, and we must also be able to demonstrate the sustainability of our operations to meet our own goals of corporate social responsibility and those of the authorities we work with,” he added.
Shell’s LubeMonitor is a cylinder condition monitor programme that collects data from engine systems and oil analysis sources which is transferred to Shell’s engineering team, which provide analysis and recommendations based on it. Shell said that LubeMonitor 4T, applicable only to engines using the company’s Argina engine oil, can increase engine reliability, optimise operating costs, and provide longer oil and engine component life.