Chevron lubricant approved for MAN four-strokes that switch fuels
By Jack Burke13 January 2022
Oil is designed to control sulfated ash accumulation in combustion chambers and exhaust system
Chevron Marine Lubricant said its low sulfated ash trunk piston engine oil Chevron HDAX 9700 has gained time-unrestricted approval for use with MAN Energy Solutions’ four-stroke engines running on either LNG or distillate fuels (with a sulfur content of up to 0.10%).
This approval is the first of its kind and offers simplicity for operators switching between the two fuels, meaning that they can use just one lubricant, rather than having to change lubricants after a fixed period operating on one fuel or the other, Chevron said. Other lubricants go through validation testing on engines running either gas or distillate fuels and are granted limited approval for the other fuel. Chevron HDAX 9700 secured its unrestricted dual approval due to its unique development.
Chevron HDAX 9700 was tested on Luxembourg dredging and offshore operator Jan De Nul Group’s trailing suction hopper dredger and ultra-low emission vessel Sanderus. The company required an engine oil with very low sulfated ash formation due to the use of a variety of low sulfur fuels (below 0.10% sulfur) with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel particulate filter (DPF), as part of its strategy to comply with European Stage 5 limits on nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from ships.
“We needed a low sulfated ash oil because the DPF would not handle high levels of ash deposits,” said Michel Deruyck of Jan De Nul. “But MAN ES had not approved any low sulphated ash oils for use with distillate fuels. We had already worked with Chevron for low sulfated ash oils on three other vessels, so we extended the relationship and ran a validation test for HDAX 9700 on Sanderus.”
Chevron HDAX 9700 is an SAE 40 engine oil that is designed to control sulfated ash accumulation in combustion chambers and exhaust system, while providing sufficient alkalinity to protect against acidic corrosion. After 6500 running hours, the approval for unrestricted use with distillate fuels was granted, making Chevron HDAX 9700 the first low sulfated ash oil to receive such an approval, the company said. Because low sulfated ash oils are commonly used with gas engines – which are also sensitive to sulfated ash deposits – MAN ES was also able to grant unlimited approval for the lubricant to be used when operating with LNG.
Chevron said unrestricted operation on a single lubricant will benefit operators in several sectors. Jan De Nul will use the lubricant on further dredgers as well as jack-up vessels used in windfarm construction. Any vessels looking to comply with emission control areas – or port emission limits – by using either LNG or distillate fuels with aftertreatment will also be able to use Chevron HDAX 9700.