Mechanical Lubricator Upgrade

Sailing ahead: Hansa Shipping implements Tekomar technology

In today’s shipping markets, it is increasingly difficult to improve the bottom line. The best option: significantly lower fuel and lube oil consumption. Hansa Shipping has achieved just that by implementing Tekomar XPERT and upgrading several ships with Tekomar CYLUBE.

Hansa Shipping

Hansa Shipping, based in Hamburg, Germany, has been providing shipping and freightage, operation and commercial management as well as chartering and many more maritime services since 1997. In early 2015 the fleet owners took additional initiatives to further optimise operations. They assessed the powerful performance evaluation system Tekomar XPERT (since September 2015 installed in 42 of Hansa’s vessels) and also chose Tekomar CYLUBE to upgrade mechanical lubrication.

The Facts

  • 100 l/day cylinder lube oil savings from day one
  • A further 100 l/day saving through step-by-step reduction to minimum feed rate
  • Pay-back time of only around 1 year
  • Installation 4–6 weeks after order (ship’s schedule permitting)

...compared to other products, installation is simple, delivery time is short, and the whole system may be managed via one single monitor.
Peter Mackeprang, HANSA SHIPPING GmbH & CO. KG

Yesterday: Diagrams, complex calculations, manual settings

Traditional engine lubrication is prone to mistakes. Beat Güttinger explains: “Everyone is afraid of under-lubrication. As a result, everyone tends to over-lubricate.”

And no wonder: “With conventional systems you have to look at diagrams, do calculations. You need to know
the values needed to have an engine run with optimum performance. Then you manually adjust settings – in the engine room, screw by screw.”

But the reality is: “People are reluctant to change anything. They let the engine run ‘as is’. This really should not happen if you wish to have clean engines. It is detrimental when you refuel and the quality of the heavy fuel oil is not as it was before. And it is definitely a no-go if you wish to achieve lube oil reductions.”

Today: Automatic optimisation

Tekomar CYLUBE is 70% more cost-efficient than any other system on the market. Unlike other options it works without touching the existing lubrication system.

This facilitates the installation process and leaves the original parts fully funtional, providing 100% redundancy as manual settings may still be used if ever needed.

Up to 30% savings

Tekomar CYLUBE eliminates lubrication errors by upgrading the original mechanical lubricators. It acts as an electronically controlled, load and cylinder lubrication oil BN and fuel oil sulphur content dependent system. The optimum feed rate is set via a monitor in the engine control room. Peter Mackeprang: “The control panel situated in the ECR is a very good tool for assisting the engineers in monitoring, evaluating and adjusting the cylinder lubrication.”

Looking back on his decision in favor of Tekomar in February 2015, Peter Mackeprang concludes: “The cooperation was very professional and based on good understanding and communication. Tekomar supported us very well during implementation and afterwards by providing prompt feedback and assistance.”

Tekomar CYLUBE works with all engines employing mechanical lubricators. The next step, currently developed
by Tekomar’s engineers, will take the system’s efficiency and ease of use another step further as Tekomar introduces single lubricator control (one lubricator per cylinder), making it also a very economic upgrade options for large bore and up to 12 cylinder engines.

Beat Güttinger: “We want everything to work right away. That is why we require our clients to go through a detailed pre-inspection checklist. Once that is completed, we order the necessary parts. Six weeks later we are ready to roll.

All parts are sent directly to the ship – in one box. Installation and commissioning are done during normal operation without an off-hire period. Initial work begins during a port call. The engine is never immobilized during the installation. Further work will be completed while steaming. Final adjustments and commissioning take place during the next port call, followed by a short trial run. The entire process takes no more than three days.

Subsequent crew training is completed within two hours supported by a comprehensive instruction manual. Anyone can manage the system though it is normally operated by the second engineer.”


Beat Güttinger
Head of Tekomar
+41 79 947 3728