Denmark's Maritime and Commercial High Court has sentenced MAN Diesel & Turbo to pay USD 4.4 million in damages because the lubrication system Alpha Lube has resulted in several engine breakdowns, according to a ruling available in Danish on the website of the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court.
Back in 2004, carrier J. Lauritzen had the choice of two lubrication systems when signing a contract with yards in Korea for the construction of ten new gas tankers of 8-10,000 dwt. The engines were to be supplied by MAN Diesel & Turbo, which had also developed a new system for the lubrication of cylinders and pistons in the late 1990s. The system was named Alpha Lube and had already won recognition for reducing the consumption of cylinder lube oil significantly on vessels with very large engines.
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