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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 

Shell Marine has deployed a suite of enhancements to its LubeMonitor service, which the company says will go beyond other traditional cylinder condition monitoring programmes and become a first choice for engine monitoring needs.

By surfacing a wider range of technical and operational insights, Shell LubeMonitor lets users better understand their ship’s engine performance, ensure it is operating in line with OEM recommendations and ultimately, help reduce maintenance costs.

While its features have become more sophisticated, Shell LubeMonitor’s user interface and reports have ben simplified and aimed to deliver what users need most. New features include:

  • Enhanced fleet and vessel insights allowing users to compare vessels from fleet level all the way down to its cylinders – organised in an easy-to-read manner (benefitting both on- and off-shore users)
  • A step-by-step guide for on-board engineers which can help standardise the inspection process.
  • An engine inspection feature which allows inclusion of recorded measurements of piston ring clearance, piston ring coating, liner wear. All data can be stored and organised with captured images, so users can return to them in future.
  • Integration with Shell LubeAnalyst oil condition monitoring, becoming a one-stop platform to compare all oil analysis results.
  • Availability via internet, iOS and Android operating systems, as well as an offline logbook regardless of connectivity at sea.

Gareth Lowe, Technical Product Manager, LubeMonitor, Shell Marine, said: “Our goal goes beyond just making the programme an easy-to-use central data repository. By surfacing relevant information from onboard data, running parameters, lab data and inspection photos all from within LubeMonitor, we can start to deliver vital insights. This provides customers with a comprehensive picture of their engine’s health, and they can then use this information to make informed decisions on feed rates and maintenance schedules, which can help maintain optimal engine performance and lower operating costs.”

Marcus Schaerer, GM Services and Technical, Shell Marine, said: “We always strive to do more for our customers and are pleased to bring about pioneering features in vessel monitoring solutions.”

The enhanced Shell LubeMonitor has been rolled out to over 300 ships and has received positive feedback. According to Jong Hyun, Superintendent, Sinokor Ship Management: “In the past, we spent a great deal of time reading and comparing reports. Ever since adopting Shell LubeMonitor, it’s a welcomed change to having all our two-stroke engine monitoring needs on an intuitive, single platform. This allows us less time fussing over maintenance needs and more time to concentrate on other areas our vessel.”

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