Determining Best Product for Performance

As a high school track and basketball star and power forward for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Mariners basketball team, Shell Marine Products engineer MayMarie Culton understands a thing or two about coaching. Moreover, she combines six years’ experience sailing around the globe as a marine engineer with her professional career at Shell Marine Products (SMP) to advise customers how to get the best performance from their lubricants. Like sports excellence and coaching, it’s a natural fit.

“Basketball involves a certain amount of athletic skill, but an excellent coach can make the difference between good and championship performance. I take coaching seriously. It’s one of the reasons why I like to help my customers get performance out of their lubricants, including achieving greater efficiency and cost savings,” says Culton in the current issue of Marine News Magazine.

Culton is part of a global network of experts within SMP who supply lubricants and technical support services to the international and local marine industry, which consumes as much as 6% of the world’s total lubricants demand. As part of her job, Culton acts as a Shell Lubricants Coach, offering direct customers and distributors training in lubricant tribology and product application to help provide the most cost-effective lubricant for customers’ machinery.

Keeping customers updated on latest industry requirements in terms of marine lubes and fuels, as well as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations, Culton also offers technical expertise to help onboard users achieve what she characterizes as “championship” performance.

“Shell researchers work with customers, engine manufacturers, suppliers and key academic institutions to discover ways to improve engine efficiency and optimize lubricant feed rates. Test engines are put under the harshest running conditions to help develop new and improved products,” says Culton, adding, “I get to take the outcome of Shell innovation and apply it through problem solving and coaching.”