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THE NEED FOR A NEW CYLINDER OIL

The marine industry is adapting to legislation that is increasing operational complexity, and is under continuous pressure to lower its operating costs in the face of rising fuel prices and lower freight and charter rates. Many ship operators are looking to control costs through slow and ultra-slow steaming, reduced cylinder oil feed rates and extended maintenance intervals.

At Shell, we feel and understand the uncertain world our industry faces and we constantly innovate to develop solutions to help our customers weather these uncertain times. In response to the current challenges, we have remove complexity by providing a wide range cylinder oil, Shell Alexia S4.

CYLINDER OIL REINVENTED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

In low-speed, two-stroke diesel engines, cylinder oil is exposed to thermal, insolubles, acid and humidity stress. These stresses degrade the oil and increase significantly under slow-steaming conditions because of the longer oil residence time in the cylinder. A reduction in engine load from 90% to 30% was found to cause a threefold increase in lubricant residence time.

Shell Alexia S4 is designed to combat all four types of oil stress under the widest range of operating conditions to help reduce costs and simplify operations. It uses advanced Triple Action Technology to help prevent corrosive wear, reduce deposit build up and prolong engine life. Shell Alexia S4 has an SAE 40 viscosity grade that aids oil distribution inside the engine to improve the efficiency of the lubrication system, and a base number (BN) of 60.

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BENEFITS OF SHELL ALEXIA S4

Operational Simplicity

Shell Alexia S4 simplifies operations:

  • It is a wide range cylinder oil that can be used with residual fuel oil from 0.5 to 3.5% sulphur levels, under a wide range of engine loads and climate conditions: polar to tropical. Testing with distillates for up to 1000 hours, have shown good performance.#

  • One cylinder oil means easier product supply, procurement and forecasting, and the simplest product storage and handling options.

  • It avoids the need for a lubricant change when moving in and out of emission control areas.

  • The risk of selecting the wrong product is eliminated and crew training is simplified.

  • It has better supply security because it can be blended with either Group 1 or Group 2 base oils.

  • It is available from about 500 ports worldwide.

  • It is fully miscible with all other cylinder oils, which means an easy changeover process.

*Up to 1,000 hours; see your technical manager for more details and suitability of use.

TECHNOLOGY BEHIND SHELL ALEXIA S4

  • Shell Alexia S4 is built on a 20-year heritage in the understanding of oil stress in four- and two-stroke engines.
  • Shell is the only oil company with a dedicated range of marine test engines, including the Bolnes two-stroke engine used in the development and testing of new Shell Alexia S4.
  • Shell Alexia S4 uses advanced Triple Action Technology to help prevent corrosive wear, reduce deposit build up and prolong engine life.
  • Shell does not just offer an outstanding cylinder oil; but a total lubrication concept that consists of the right product, the right tools and the right people to help customers optimise their operations.

Products for Low Speed Engines

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Details
Product Description Viscosity,
mm2/s AT
Base
number mg/KOH/g
Flash
point
PMCC, °C
Pour
point,
°C
Density,
kg/m3 at
15°C
    40°C | 100°C        
Shell Alexia S4 High-performance SAE40 cylinder oil for low-speed, crosshead diesel engines 165 | 15.5 60 >210 <-6 926
Shell Alexia S5 SAE50 Cylinder oil for two-stroke low speed diesel engines running under conditions of high oil stress. Suitable for use with engines burning residual fuel with Sulphur levels >1.0%. - 80 >210 <-6 940
Shell Alexia S6 SAE50 Cylinder lubricant for two-stroke low speed diesel engines running under conditions of extreme oil stress. Suitable for use with engines burning residual fuel with Sulphur levels >1.0% - 100 >210 <-6 954

PERFORMANCE DEMONSTRATED ACROSS THE WORLD

Shell Alexia S4 has accumulated over 42,000 hours of service in a rigorous field trial programme to test its performance under tough conditions.

table
Engine loads Residual fuel (up to 3.5% sulphur)#
  Distillates (up to 1,000 hours)#
Engines High load, 95% MCR
  Slow steaming, 15% MCR
Vessels MAN, Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi engines; old and new;
large and small
  Containers, bulkers and tankers
Climatic conditions Extreme humidity, Amazon basin
  Dry Air, Suez Canal
  Antarctic cold and ice

# Subject to OEM advice.