POSH’s crew members are of different nationalities, predominantly Filipino and Indonesian, so the company conducts its sea staff seminars in the Philippines and Indonesia to ensure that knowledge is shared among all crews and that they receive relevant training. POSH invited Shell Marine Products to give a presentation during its annual sea staff seminar on best lubrication performance with the aim of improving overall equipment reliability and performance.
As Shell LubeCoach is part of its technical offer to valued customers, Shell Marine Products gladly accepted POSH’s proposal and worked with the company to identify
the key training needs and to tailor training activities around these.
The activities included practical sessions on interpreting and diagnosing results from POSH’s own equipment. This helped POSH staff to get to know their equipment better and know what to look out for in the trend analysis. The training also aimed to improve their understanding of Shell RLA reports and the Shell RLA web tool; engine fuel injection characteristics and combustion performance; and fluid and surface destructive contaminants. Other activities focused on distinguishing between oil additives and wear metals; understanding critical test parameters and causes of failure; and identifying critical specifications and parameters when selecting a lubricant.
After the training, the crew members have much better understanding of the importance of oil analysis and good sampling practices. They can also fill in the Shell RLA labels correctly and read Shell RLA reports accurately. Shell Marine Products has agreed, in principle, to attend POSH’s future annual sea staff seminars to ensure that this improvement continues.
POSH’s crew members are now better equipped to implement effective lubrication practices, including oil sampling and analysis. This will ultimately help the company to improve equipment reliability, reduce downtime and maintenance costs, and increase productivity.