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Marine Lubricants Market - By Product (Mineral Oil, Synthetic Oil, Bio-based marine lubricants), By Application (Engine Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Grease Oil), By Marine Channel (Recreational, Industrial, Transport), By Region & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI412
  • Published Date: Apr 2023
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Marine Lubricants Market Size

Marine Lubricants Market size reached a valuation of USD 6 billion in 2022. Driven by the expansion of the shipbuilding and fleet industry in Asia Pacific, the market is expected to grow at 5.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032.

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The shipbuilding industry has been registering a rise due to its wide range of applications, such as transportation, naval, and recreational industries. Asia Pacific region witnessed substantial growth in its shipbuilding industry, which accounted for over 95% of the worldwide market by deadweight with a value of 171.8 million dwt in 2020. The region is expected to continue being the heart of the global shipbuilding sector, especially with China and Japan being among the top three ship-owning nations, in terms of commercial value and dead weight tonnage, as of January 2022, according to UNCTAD.

Environmental regulations against synthetic lubricants use to hamper marine lubricants market outlook

Bio-based lubricants are lubricants derived from natural vegetable sourced base oils such as sunflower, soybean, canola, coconut, and palm oil. These oils have a wide application scope in chainsaw bars, railroad flanges, dust suppressants, two-stroke engines, and marine lubricants. They offer key benefits such as low cost, biodegradability, less toxicity, and less maintenance. Stringent environmental regulations, innovations in biotechnological solutions, and the growing market acceptance are driving bio-lubricants in marine applications. Although important for the smooth operations of marine vessels, incidences of petroleum-based fluid leaks due to the use of marine lubricants have led to the amendment of various environmental regulations by global authorities, as they can hurt aquatic marine life. As recently as December 2022, there was a marine oil spill in Houston, USA, where around 3,500 gallons of used lubricant oil leaked into an industrial canal from a storage facility.

The EU Commission has set the criteria for ecolabel lubricants, such as having low toxicity and limited substances and mixtures. For this reason, lubricants have to go through several life cycle assessments to ensure that they comply with eco-label regulations.

Marine Lubricants Market Analysis

  Marine Lubricants Market, By Application

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On the basis of application, marine lubricants market is segmented into mineral oil, synthetic oil, and biobased marine lubricants. The mineral oil segment is poised to grow at 5.5% CAGR between 2023-2032. Mineral oil lubricants find extensive usage in the marine sector, given their high solubility with additives, which results in enhanced performance of engines and vessels and better compatibility with seals. They are also a less expensive option compared to synthetically made lubricants, further driving demand in the segment. 

Due to technical obsolescence and the high sulfur content of Group-I oils, there is a worldwide shift from the production of Group-I to Group-II base stocks. The increased availability of high-performance Group-II base stocks, as well as their technical dominance over Group-I oils, is altering market dynamics. Despite its higher production costs, Group-II is the favored base stock because it emits less sulfur and uses less fuel. Furthermore, it is widely favored due to its improved composition blend solvency levels, improved oxidation, and improved viscosity control. These elements present possibilities for marine lubricant manufacturers

Based on application, marine lubricants market is divided into hydraulic oil, engine oil, and grease oil. The engine oil segment is slated to reach a valuation of more than USD 4.5 billion by 2032. Engine oil is used to lubricate the inner components of internal combustion marine engines, which keeps them cool and prevents corrosion. This is an important factor given the rising global trade volume of bulk commodities, like oils, agricultural goods, consumer goods, and industrial products, done via water transportation, prompting demand in the segment. 

  Marine Lubricant Market, By Marine Channel

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In terms of marine channel, marine lubricants market is bifurcated into recreational, industrial, and transport. The recreational segment is anticipated to grow at over 4.5% CAGR between 2023 to 2032. The segment growth is attributed to the growing interest in water sports activities, like kayaking, sailing, power boating, jet skiing, rafting, and many more, and the flourishing water adventure tourism business. This will lead to a demand for recreational boats and stimulate the overall industry outlook.

  Marine Lubricants Market, By Region

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North America segment of global marine lubricant market is anticipated to surpass USD 1 billion by 2032, owing to the well-established marine and shipping industry. Coupled with that, the country is witnessing growing investments toward expanding the marine transport network, which will further boost marine lubricants demand in the North American region.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a drop in transport and recreational activities, due to the lockdowns and travel curbs imposed by the governments across several economies. Limited expenses by the consumers further impacted the demand for commodity and merchandise. Furthermore, the shipping industry was also affected by the shortage of containers at the depot due to declining global demand. Supply chain issues have also affected the demand and delivery of goods, and indirectly the global market.

The marine lubricants market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Million USG and revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Synthetic
  • Synthetic Blend Oil (SBO)
  • Bio-based
  • Mineral

By Application

  • Engine Oil
  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Grease Oil
  • Others

By Marine Channel

  • Recreational
  • Industrial
  • Transport

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • Netherlands
    • Belgium
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Greece
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Hongkong
    • India
    • Taiwan
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Panama
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Israel
    • Angola
    • Nigeria
    • Egypt


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hiralkumar Patel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for marine lubricants amassed USD 6 billion and is anticipated to register 5.5% CAGR between 2023 to 2032 owing to the proliferation of ship building and fleet market across the Asia Pacific.

Mineral oil segment is anticipated to witness 5.5% CAGR over 2023-2032, driven by the cost-effectiveness and extensive application of mineral oil in the marine industry due to better solubility with additives.

North America marine lubricants market valuation is expected to surpass USD 1 billion by 2032, on the account of the growing investments focused on boosting the development of the country’s well-established marine industry.

Some of the major players in the market are Royal Dutch Shell, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp), Chevron Marine Products, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Synforce Lubricants, Gulf Oil International Limited, ENEOS Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), amongst others.

Marine Lubricants Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 10
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  • Countries covered: 22
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