The global marine lubricants business is anticipated to reach USD 9.47 billion by 2026 owing to the increasing need to protect engines from corrosion. This information is provided by a published report by Fortune Business Insights™. The title of the report is, “Marine Lubricants Market Size, Share Industry Analysis, By Product (Marine Cylinder Oil, Piston Engine Oil, System Oil, and Others; By Ship Type (Bulk Carrier, Oil Tankers, General Cargo, Container Ships, Others), and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026.” As per this report, the market value was USD 8.01 billion in 2018 and will rise at a CAGR of 2.13% during the forecast period, 2019 to 2026.
Rising Focus on Enhancing the Operability of Ship Engines will Drive Market
The rise in fuel prices has propelled shipping companies to operate engines at maximum levels by slow steaming and save fuel. However, marine engines are incapable of operating at reduced rates continuously and this raises the possibility of corrosion in the engine and its associated strained components. For ensuring proper and safe functioning of engines, marine lubricants are a necessity. The above factor stands as a major driver for the marine lubricants market growth. Additionally, the rise in trade relations between nations and the expansion of e-commerce overseas are also helping the market gain impetus.
Furthermore, analysts at Fortune Business Insights™ say “Focus on keeping machines and marine vessels free from corrosion will help the market gain traction in the forecast period. This, coupled with the advent of bio-based lubricants in the market, will create lucrative growth opportunities for the market in the long run.”
Regional Analysis –
Increasing Trade Relations between Developing Nations to Help Asia Pacific Continue Dominance in Market
Asia Pacific holds the majority portion of the marine lubricants market share on account of the presence of large ship fleet companies in the region. These include China Shipping Container Lines, China Ocean Shipping Company, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, among others. As per the report by The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), around 50% of the ships across the world are owned by Asia Pacific Nations. Additionally, the presence of dry docks in this region is high and this also adds to the regional market growth. Furthermore, increasing trade relations between emerging nations such as Taiwan, China, and India, coupled with the rise in the number of naval vessels, will help augment the regional market in the forecast period.
On the other side, the market in North America held a single-digit share earning revenue of USD 3.41 Billion in 2018. This was due to the presence of a few ship owners in the region. However, with a steady increase in trade, this region will witness moderate growth in the foreseeable future.
Competitive Landscape –
Companies Engage in Contracts and Agreements to Stay Ahead of Competition
An estimate of 85% and more of marine lubricants worldwide are sold through supply agreements and contracts instead of being sold at stock price rates. Therefore, to strengthen their network across different ports for worldwide supply, manufacturers are emphasizing on entering into long-term contracts and agreements with shipping companies. For instance, a framework agreement was signed between CCCC Dredging (Group) Co. Ltd. and Shell for supplying marine lubricants and technical services via 700 ports and more in 61 nations across the globe.
Notable Marine Lube Market Manufacturers:
- BP p.l.c.
- Repsol S.A.
- The PJSC Lukoil Oil Company
- Eni oil Products
- Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Croda International Plc
- AvinOil S.A.
- Total SA
- Royal Dutch Shell Plc
- Gazprom Neft PJSC
- Chevron Corporation