Versatile Lubricant For Varying Sulfur Levels: Total Lubmarine presents its Talusia Universal lubricant, fit for both low- and high-sulfur HFO
by roberta prandi
Nowadays ship operators are forced to face issues arising from the need to operate within emission control areas (ECAs). They must also, above all else, observe the highest standards of safety. As of July 1, 2010, the European ECAs’ allowable sulfur limits in fuels burned by ships became strictly regulated. In heavy fuel oil (HFO), the sulfur limit was reduced from 1.5 to 1% and, according to the regulation, conventional BN 70 lubricants are not appropriate for that.
“One must admit that lubricants have not always been top of the priority list for ship owners. But this is changing. In the current economic climate, ship operators simply cannot afford to ignore any potential cost savings that can easily be made,” said Patrick Havil, marketing and analysis department manager at Total Lubmarine. “When the U.S./Canadian ECAs comes into force in 2012, it will affect 50% of maritime traffic. And the issue of which lubricant to use will be absolutely vital,” added Havil.
OEMs and major oil companies have proposed the use of two different lubricants with low- and high-sulfur fuels respectively, when entering and leaving ECAs. “Total Lubmarine has been the first to produce a cylinder lube oil that can be used with all HFOs, irrespective of their sulfur content — Talusia Universal,” said Havil. “Talusia Universal is a BN 57 lubricant, specially developed for twostroke low-speed engines, which has an efficiency level superior to that of
all other BN 70 lubricants currently on the market. With the result that it can be used with HFO containing high levels of sulfur with low feed rates.”
Total Lubmarine tested Talusia Universal in a MAN 12K98MEC diesel engine-powered containership running continuously on a fuel containing less than 1% sulfur for 4200 hours. Lubmarine reported that MAN certified the results of this test were good. “Therefore, to the best of our knowledge, Talusia Universal is the only lubricant to have achieved a successful
field test over more than 4000 hours with an HFO containing less than 1% sulfur. In addition, this was achieved with a feed rate of 0.60 g/ kWh, the lowest figure recommended by MAN,” said Havil. He said that over the course of 2010, approximately half of Total Lubmarine’s customers have begun using the Talusia Universal.
“Talusia Universal eliminates the possibility of errors in the service tank, thus making for safe and efficient engine operation, with no risk of damage from a mismatch between different cylinder oils,” said Havil. “Bunker operations, with only one cylinder lubricant, are simpler
because there is no longer any danger of mixing up two different types of oil in one storage tank. Furthermore, there is no need for other extra tank capacity.” According to Havil, Talusia Universal costs less to use than other lubricants, due to its reduced feed rates. Consequently, the total cost of ownership is decreasing.
Total Lubmarine’s commitment to a cleaner and safer environment does not stop with Talusia
Universal, said the company. Havil anticipated that the company is already developing the next generation of these new lubricants. “Based on the same concept, we are developing a universal lubricant for the 2015 market that will give optimum assured performance from the highest sulfur content HFOs right down to less than 0.1% sulfur content fuels.” He also said biodegradable lubricants are set to assume increasing importance in the shipping industry.
“For example, the lubrication of the stern-tube which is in direct contact with seawater Total Lubmarine proposes a fully biodegradable product: Bioneptan, which has obtained approval from companies such as Wärtsilä and Blohm+Voss,” stated Havil. “The complete range of biodegradable products is getting more and more success among our customers,” he said. “For example, we have a dredger operator and the owner of a fleet of cargo vessels operating on the North Europe to North Africa route using our Biomultis SEP 2 to lubricate their bearings.” With Total Lubmarine’s biolubricants, if an oil spill occurs, there will be no harmful effect on the environment, said the company.