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DNV Certified Technical Competency for Crew Members Involved With Onboard Mechanical Equipment and Lubricant Applications

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Castrol is a supplier of marine lubricants, machinery health monitors and test kits. Castrol offers a complete service for the worldwide marine industry and has over 100 years of marine experience and coverage across more than 820 ports in 82 countries worldwide. Castrol’s liquid engineers offer advice that can help improve the performance and reliability of vessel operations.

Castrol Academy plays a vital role in furthering maritime skills and expertise and the multi-channel training program has been carefully designed to help up-skill the crew’s technical capabilities and industry knowledge.

The training program is a complete, easy-to-follow training online and paper-based created specifically to address the recognized skills shortage in the marine industry.

Castrol e-Academy allows the course to be completed online with module e-books and video guidance, as well as online assessment that enables you to track participation. Overseen by Liquid Engineers, the training programs are delivered online and face-to-face, using traditional and interactive learning methods and seminars.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) officially recognises Castrol Academy. Castrol Marine and IMarEST are working together to promote training and continued professional development within the marine industry.

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Training Programs

Castrol Marine Lubrication and Engineering Program

  • Module 1 - Ship Types: This module provides an overview of the different ship types that use Castrol products. On completing this module, your crew will be able to - Explain the most important technical terms used to describe ships, Describe the various types of cargo vessel, Use the idea of cargo-carrying capacity to distinguish between different vessels, and; Give a brief description of the most important types of passenger, service, fishing, military and specialist ships.
  • Module 2 - Machinery Installations: Descriptions of the machinery commonly used in many ships where lubrication plays an important role, including types of vessel-specific machinery. On completing this module, your crew will be able to - Identify machines that are used in virtually every type of ship, such as the main and auxiliary engines and steering gear and, Describe equipment used on specific ship types, for example refrigeration plant, or pressure systems in liquefied gas carriers.
  • Module 3 - Main Propulsion Engines: A guide to the main types of marine propulsion unit, including low, medium and high speed 2-stroke and 4-stroke diesel engines, steam turbines, gas turbines and electric and hydraulic propulsion motors.
  • Module 4 - Power Transmission Systems: The purpose, design and use of components of power transmission systems, including propellers, water-jet pumps, shafts and bearings, thrust bearings, gearboxes, clutches and couplings.
  • Module 5 - Auxiliary Equipment: A guide to the five main groups of ancillary shipboard equipment and relevant lubrication schedules.
  • Module 6 - Basics of Lubrication: A valuable overview of the purpose of lubrication and the properties of oils and greases, including the basic physics of friction.
  • Module 7 - Base Oils: An introduction to the base oils from which lubricants are derived including the production of mineral base oils, the three basic hydrocarbon groups and factors affecting correct base oils selection.
  • Module 8 - Additives: A guide to the additives mixed with base oils to enhance their properties and improve their performance, including physical and chemical characteristics.
  • Module 9 - Fuels and Specifications: A look at fuels used in ships’ main propulsion systems, including ISO and CIMAC specifications, fuels selection criteria and fuel problems such as sulphur, catalyst fines and asphaltenes.
  • Module 10 - Lubrication Selection: This module describes the key factors affecting lubricant selection, including the choice of base oils and additives and the use of product data sheets.
  • Module 11 - Used-Oil Analysis: A guide to the vital importance of Used Oil Analysis in shipboard machinery maintenance regimes to improve efficiency and cut costs, including sampling procedures and results interpretation.