Shell Rapid Lubricants Analysis is an oil condition monitoring service that helps you to keep your vessels running smoothly by identifying potential oil or equipment failures before they become critical.

Shell Rapid Lubricants Analysis will help your business to save money and time on maintenance caused by equipment failures. It is an early-warning system that aims to give you the peace of mind that your equipment and lubricants are in optimum working order.


  • Over 30 years of sample analysis, with more than 170,000 samples analysed each year
  • More than 1,200 customers, with 9,000 vessels
  • Six ISO-accredited laboratories worldwide using ASTM and in-house test methods
  • Proven logistics and report response times giving an accurate and timely service worldwide
  • Single global IT platform coupled to a single global database
  • Covers every type of machinery on board a vessel
  • Diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team of marine and lubricant experts
  • All reports and web systems in local languages


Used-oil analysis is a key tool in managing preventive and predictive maintenance. Many leading shipping companies use Shell RLA as an important part of their planned and predictive maintenance strategies to help deliver

  • greater equipment reliability and reduced downtime through early diagnosis of potential faults
  • analysis results for all normal samples available within 48 hours of samples reaching the lab
  • quick and timely results
  • lower machine repair costs
  • high safety standards
  • precise monitoring of operating efficiency.

Analysis shows that the return on investment can be up to 14 times the cost of the service.

Shell RLA test suites

at 40°C
at 100°C
TBN TAN Clean ISO 4406 Water
Flash point
Engine test x x x x x x
Shaft test (1) x x x x(2)
System test x x x x
Engine check x x x x x x x
Shaft check (1) x x x x(2) x
System check x x x x x
Fridge check (3) x x x x
Gas engine check (4) x x x x x x
Turbine check x x x x(5) x
EMD engine check x x x x x(6) x x
Cylinder check x x x(7) x
Hydraulic check x x x x x
Gear check x x x x x
Thruster check x x x x x
Thermal check x x x x x x
Grease check x x
Engine check plus x x x x x x x
System check plus x x x x x
Hydraulics check plus (1) x x x x x x
Gear check plus (1) x x x x x
Thruster check plus x x x x x x
NK stern tube test (8) (9) x x x x(2)

(1) Also includes heptane insolubles

(2) ICP with nickel

(3) Includes degas

(4) Includes oxidation and nitration

(5) Ca in ppm

(6) Zn in ppm

(7) Zn and P in ppm

(8) Includes oxidation

(9) Includes direct reading ferrography

Five Simple Steps to Shell RLA

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Ask your account manager to register your vessel and equipment. Take representative oil samples from your equipment and complete the label. Send the samples to the nearest Shell laboratory. Your samples are tested and analysed and then entered into the Shell RLA database. You receive an email or website report showing the diagnosis and recommendations

Shell RLA available across our global network

Americas: (USA) Europe: (EU) India: (IN) Singapore: (SG) China: (CN) Australia: (AU)
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
7451 Winton Drive
Indiana 46268
United States of America
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
Inward Way, Rossmore Business Park
Ellesmere Port
Cheshire CH65 3EN
United Kingdom
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
A-77, Road No. 16
Wagle Industrial Estate
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
3, Toh Tuck Link
Singapore 596228
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
No. 88 Pu Dong Road
Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park
Shanghai 210507
Shell Marine Laboratory
Rapid Lubricants Analysis
28 Reid Road
Perth International Airport
Newburn WA 6105
00 1 317 808 3750
00 44 151 350 6727
00 91 22 61517838
00 65 637 90266
00 86 21 6027 6363
00 61 893 733 609

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