Marine & Offshore

Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis has become an important, if not mandatory, maintenance practice by the marine industry. An effective oil analysis program will keep important assets such as engines, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, turbines, compressors generators and any other  oil-wetted machinery in operation by reducing unexpected failures and costly unscheduled down time.

Analysis of bunker fuels is also a critical application when turbines and some types of marine diesel engines are used as the main propulsion system. Contamination levels of liquid fuel entering the combustor of a gas turbine or diesel engine must be extremely low to avoid high temperature corrosion and fuel system fouling. Accordingly, each of the major gas turbine and diesel engine manufacturers has strict contamination limits that must be met in order to comply with the warranty requirements.

The responsibility to assure compliance typically lies with the owner, we advise oil analysis is mandatory when fuel is delivered, and if treatment systems are available, before and after such treatment.

Sea-going engines require special attention in oil analysis. These engines are not often mechanically different from their land-borne cousins, but they are quite different in their environment and how they are operated. They tend to pull heavy and constant power for long periods of time. The operating environment has the engines situated in holds with little air for cooling and little room for maintenance. Some are treated to splashing bilge water and use seawater for cooling.

Marine engine oil analysis has to take all these factors into consideration when determining if a mechanical problem actually exists. From small piston, gas-fuelled engines to very large diesels, we have universal wear averages available for determining your marine engine’s health.

  • Inland and Offshore WORKBOATS

Engine – Generator or Drives
Gearbox – Industrial Gearboxes
Compressor – Refridgeration and Air Compressors
Fuel – Heavy Fuel Oil or Marine Diesel
Filters – Fuel or Oil
Hydraulics – Pumps, Pistons or Hydrostatics
Coolant – Recirculation Systems 
Grease – Bearing Compartments
Turbines – Power