Marine Grease Market Report

Marine Grease Market Analysis, By Thicker Type (Lithium Complex, Calcium), By End-Use (Bulk Carrier & Cargo Ships, Passenger Ships, Tankers), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jun, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-867-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 70

Industry Insights

The global marine grease market size was valued at USD 238.9 million in 2016. Increasing demand for shipping services globally on account of increasing international trade is a key driver fueling the market growth. Moreover, development of new waterways and robust growth in the ship building industry is further propelling the market over the forecast period.

Marine grease is used in the shipping industry owing to its several superior properties. It possesses high-pressure additives, high load carrying capacity, wider temperature range, mechanical stability, high thermal stability, corrosion protection, longer lubrication intervals, non-melting, and water resistance properties under extreme condition. It increases the overall efficiency of the ships.

U.S. marine grease market by end-use, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. marine grease market

The U.S. market was estimated at USD 30.7 million in 2016 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2017 to 2025. The presence of water transportation infrastructure coupled with growing international trade is fueling the demand in the country. In addition, robust growth in end-use segment is further boosting the demand over the forecast period.

Marine grease reduces the friction between rotating machine parts to increase output efficiency of the engine, machinery, and several components installed in the ship. In addition, it has the capability to gel up with water, which functions efficiently even after water leakage. Among the various thicker types, lithium complex grease is extensively used in the shipping industry.

However, the presence of regulatory standards pertaining to the clean aquatic environment across the globe is expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period. Different hazardous issues may arise from the spillage of in aquatic bodies, owing to which, stringent regulations have been imposed by various regulatory bodies such as REACH, and VGP. The U.S. EPA has issued Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations for the usage of environment-friendly lubricants in all commercial vessels longer than 79 feet.

Thicker Type Insights

Various thicker types of marine grease are used as a lubricant in shipping industry including lithium or lithium complex, calcium, polyurea, aluminum, organo clay, barium, and sodium. Lithium complex grease is a unique additive system to serve maximum lubrication under the most critical operating conditions. It is applied in various application in shipping operations such as outboards, trailer wheel bearing, trailer chassis lubrication, and wheel bearings.

The global calcium thicker type segment was estimated at USD 37.2 million in 2016 and is anticipated to grow at a rate of 3.7% from 2017 to 2025. It is an anhydrous grease that is highly resistant to water and contains additives to protect against oxidation and rust. In addition, it is extensively used in boat trailer, wheel bearings, and other applications.

End-use Insights

Marine grease is extensively used in various end-use segments including bulk carrier & cargo ships, passenger ships, tankers, and others. It is largely used in bulk carrier and cargo ships on account of increasing volume of heavy cargo and the products transported through ships. Increasing transshipment of cargos through ships led to increasing need for marine grease in order to maintain the efficiency and performance of the ship.

Passenger ship segment was estimated at USD 59.9 million in 2016 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% between 2017 to 2025. Increasing passenger capacity of new ships along with new local ports and ship diversification is fueling the demand in passenger ship segment. Other end-use segments include special purpose vessels, service vessels, offshore vessels, and yachts.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the marine grease market in 2016 and is expected to continue over next eight years. It was valued at USD 88.2 million in 2016 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2017 to 2025. Increasing industrialization in the region, coupled with new waterways development, and growing coastal economies is fueling the demand in this region.

Global marine grease market, by region (USD Million), 2016 (%)

Global marine grease market

Asia Pacific was followed by Europe in 2016 and is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6% over the forecast period. Flourishing maritime transport sector and presence of ship transport infrastructure in the region are key factors driving the growth.

Competitive Insights

The major players in the global market include British Petroleum, CHEVRON Lubricants, Exxon Mobil Company, Gulf Oil Marine Ltd, Lucas Oil Products Inc, LUK OilMarine, Old World Industries, Penrite Oil Co., Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell Company, Total Lubmarine, and Warren Oil. The companies are focusing on manufacturing non-hazardous and environment friendly marine grease products.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                            

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Netherlands, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa

Report coverage        

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional and country level and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global marine grease market on the basis of thicker type, end-use and region:

  • Thicker Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Lithium Complex

    • Calcium

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Bulk Carrier & Cargo Ships

    • Passenger Ships

    • Tankers

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      •  U.S.

      •  Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      •  Germany

      •  UK

      • Netherlands

    • Asia Pacific

      •  China

      •  India

      •  Japan

      • Singapore

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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