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Shell adds data reporting functions to cylinder monitoring service

Shell Marine has added a new software package called Marine Connect  to its Shell LubeMonitor cylinder monitoring service, designed to enhance data management and reporting functions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Shell LubeMonitor offers reports, engine overviews, historical data from onboard and from the lab, as well as comments from Shell experts highlighting areas for concern or possible optimisation opportunities.

The system runs in tandem with the Shell Rapid Lubricants Analysis (RLA) cylinder check, to identify potential oil or equipment issues before they become critical. Shell Marine says it expects to analyse around 18,000 cylinder drain oil samples in 2016 alone.

Shell LubeMonitor will allow customers to evaluate Shell RLA data and data generated from its Onboard Alert magnetic iron analyser and Onboard Plus BN test kit, to find a balance between cylinder oil cost and engine reliability by optimising feed rates.

Hamburg-based ship owner Oskar Wehr, an early adopter of Shell LubeMonitor, has reported a reduction in oil feed rates by 0.2g/kWh on 25 vessels, saving up to $20,000 per vessel, per year.{/mprestriction}

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