The purpose of this paper is to consider the various types of fuel, and combinations of fuels, that may be used by marine vessels through to 2025, and then to discuss the potential impacts that these fuel types may have upon engine lubrication. The paper also considers any mitigating factors that can assist in the safe and efficient use of such fuels.
The paper does not provide specific guidance on lubricant selection and use, but is intended to highlight potential problem areas, advise what symptoms to look out for, act as an ”awareness raiser” for future fuel use and give clues as to potential impacts on engine lubrication.
Update (2021): The publication has been withdrawn by the Working Group as it was prepared in 2013/14 and does not align with the current developments in the industry.
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In February and .. more
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The purpose of this paper is to consider the various types of fuel, and combinations of fuels, that may be used by marine vessels through to 2025, and then to discuss the potential impacts that .. more
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Crankcase explosion is caused due to the overheating of one of the cylinders in the main machinery space. The consequences of the explosion is severe and it affects the working of other engines. .. more
In the current absence of an officially accepted specification for marine fuel containing more than 0.1% v/v biodiesel, this CIMAC publication provides background information and guidance to .. more
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Especially regarding switch of .. more
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This document intends to collect information about the situations experienced where the Ignition and Combustion properties of the fuel are suspected of having influenced negatively on the .. more
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Since many years discussions are ongoing between CIMAC WG2 and the IACS MP with regard to the use of Alu and/or Alu-alloys in engine rooms of category "A".
Today, mainly for 4-stroke medium and .. more
The presently available requirements with regard to the tightness of pipe connections for flammable, highly inflammable and potentially explosive media and fluids are clearly requesting tightness. .. more
This document provides the background information on black carbon emissions from large marine and stationary diesel engines. It discusses about the need and potential for restricting black carbon .. more
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Current commercial residual fuel specifications cannot reliably predict the ignition and combustion characteristics of a fuel due to lack of a suitable test parameter. They cannot therefore protect .. more
This document briefly explains the importance of technique specific emission regulations. Some general features of the stationary engine plant are presented, such as:
engine types & fuel .. more
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LNG, liquefied natural gas, is natural gas cooled down to about –161 °C at atmospheric pressure and transported as a liquid. It is now rapidly becoming a widely used engine fuel in .. more
Control of Emissions of Air pollution from Locomotive Engines and Marine compression-ignition engines less then 30 litres per cylinder.
This publication discusses the following issues: .. more
Subject: Implementation of new or revised UR
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Subject: Delivery of EIAPP Certificates
Since that moment when the new IMO regulations regarding NOx came into force claims from engine builders increased. The engine builders .. more
Subject: Attendance at Type Approval Tests (TAT)
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Use of low sulphur diesel fuels in coastal waters.
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