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Friday, February 24, 2017

New Total Lubmarine Head Shares His Vision

Robert Joore (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

Robert Joore, the new General Manager of marine lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine, has laid out his vision for the company, focusing on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators operating in poor freight markets in a low-sulphur era. Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Paris, Joore said, “Total Lubmarine believes that innovation is the key to success. In 2017 we will continue to invest heavily in developing a generation of marine lubes which are suitable for engines running both low and high sulphur fuels.

MN 100: Ingram Barge Company

CEO: Orrin H. Ingram Barge Company (IBCO) has been a quality marine transporter on America’s inland waterways since 1946, and has grown to become a leading carrier on America’s inland waterways. IBCO has superior customer service, state-of-the-art information systems, and training and safety practices that are second to none. A commitment to continuous improvement involving every associate sets Ingram apart from the competition and provides the best possible service and value for the transportation dollar.

Latest Ship Operating Cost Data

According to Drewery’s latest ship operating cost data, it’s a tough trading environment for vessel operators and the signs are that it will be difficult to keep a lid on escalating operating costs. Drewry has just published its latest annual analysis of ship operating costs, covering eight vessel sectors and over 35 different sizes of vessel plus detailed operating budgets for a range of oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers, dry bulk vessels, container vessels, ro-ro, general cargo and reefer vessels; making it the most comprehensive survey of this crucial area of vessel management. With major economies staggering to get back on their feet and emerging economies finding theirs, the trading environment for vessel operators has been extremely difficult.

Lubmarine in Shanghai Bulk Lube Delivery First

Lubmarine has become the first provider to deliver marine cylinder oil in true bulk to Shanghai. The first delivery, of Lubmarine’s Talusia HR 70 oil, was successfully completed on May 25, 2007. This will open the way for significant cost- and time-savings for shipowners and shipmanagers calling at the strategic Chinese port, where the demand for marine lubes is growing at an annual rate of at least twenty percent. Up to now, bulk deliveries of marine lubes have been impossible due to Chinese customs regulations which oblige shipments to be made only in drums, to enable accurate calculation of incoming volumes. Lubmarine has now implemented a system where full duty-free bulk deliveries can be achieved.

Total Talusia Optima Receives Approval From Win GD

Photo: Talusia Lubmarine

Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has received a no objection letter from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its cylinder lubricant Talusia Optima with the whole range of Wärtsilä engines. Talusia Optima is a new cylinder lube oil (CLO) suitable for use with fuels ranging in sulphur content from 0-3.5 percent. The product is currently being tested on a range of ships and is expected to be brought to market later in 2016. Talusia Optima completed over 4,300 hours of validation tests on-board a mega boxship deployed on Asia-Europe liner routes.

Agip Rebrands as Eni Powers Ahead in North America

Gianfranco Mosconi

Agip has recently rebranded as Eni, while simultaneously announcing plans to increase penetration of its lubricant brands in North America across all industries. Gianfranco Mosconi (above) President and CEO of Eni USA R&M Co., shares the vision behind the strategy. Gianfranco Mosconi, with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Hydraulic Engineering, has been working for Eni since 1984. He started in charge of the Logistics Department; transferring to the Lubricants Business Unit were he has been in charge for Production Department and then the Supply and Sales Departments.

Maersk to Address ‘Blending-On-Board’

Maersk’s SEA-Mate Blending-On-Board system (Photo: Maersk)

Visitors to the 2016 European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam this year will be able to hear a keynote speech from Maersk Fluid Technology managing director Jens Byrgesen, who will talk about his company’s success with “Blending-On-Board” lubrication technology. Maersk’ SEA-Mate Blending-On-Board concept is based on proprietary technology designed to enable the operator to custom blend a fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant from recycled two-stroke system oil and a cylinder oil concentrate with a base-number up above 300 BN.

LNG Bunkering Commences in Australia

(Photo: EVOL)

Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refueled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on January 23 at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier. Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning. “Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long-term strategy that recognizes environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel,” said Rea. “It also recognizes that the LNG marine fuel market is still in development so the fact EVOL has over…

First Purpose-built LNG Bunkering Vessel Delivered

Photo NYK Line

ENGIE, Fluxys, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NYK have taken delivery of the world’s first purpose built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., at the Yeongdo shipyard in Busan, Korea. She will run on LNG for her maiden voyage, after a few days of loading LNG delivered by trucks at the shipyard. Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the vessel, which has been named ENGIE Zeebrugge accordingly. From there, the 5,000 m3 LNG capacity LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe.

Hanjin Heavy Delivers Purpose-Built LNG Bunkering Vessel

Photo: ENGIE

ENGIE, Fluxys, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NYK have taken delivery of the world’s first purpose built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., at the Yeongdo shipyard in Busan, Korea. She will run on LNG for her maiden voyage, after a few days of loading LNG delivered by trucks at the shipyard. Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the vessel, which has been named ENGIE Zeebrugge accordingly. From there, the 5,000 m3 LNG capacity LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe.

Shell's 'Kulluk' Rig Accident: WWF Canada Urge Better Planning

'Kulluck' Aground: Photo credit USCG

A close call for the 'Kulluk': better planning needed before more oil and gas traffic in Arctic waters comments WWF Canada. The Kulluk, a conical, Arctic-class drill ship, was being towed from the Beaufort Sea in Alaskan Arctic waters back to Seattle following Shell’s first drilling season in the region. Its tow vessel lost control of the massive platform during a harsh winter storm, resulting in the ship, carrying over 136,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 10,000 gallons of lubes and oils, to be grounded on Sitkalidak Island, a pristine island near two salmon streams and ocean bay estuary.

Singapore Fuel Oil Trading Heats Up

Singapore fuel oil trading volumes have soared after the 380-cst front-month time spreads widened by around $1 per tonne from the previous day's close, in what could develop into an aggressive trade strategy that occasionally rattles this market. The 380-cst March/April time spreads on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) saw about 700,000 tonnes in contracts trade after physical trading in the S&P Global Platts Market-on-Close (MOC) price assessments concluded at 0830 GMT on Tuesday. The flurry took the spreads to about $1.70 a tonne in post-European trade by 0400 GMT on Wednesday, from around plus 70 cents a tonne previously. Traders…

Lube Oil & Crew Costs Most Likely to Increase Operating Costs

Moore Stephens shipping partner Richard Greiner

Vessel operating costs are expected to rise by 3.0 per cent in both 2012 & 2013 according to a new Moore Stephens survey. Lube expenditure and crew costs are the categories most likely to produce the highest levels of increase. The survey is based on responses from key players in the international shipping industry, predominantly shipowners and managers in Europe and Asia. As was the case twelve months ago, those responses identified lubricants as the cost category likely to increase most significantly – by 2.9 and 2.8 per cent in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Aframaxes Taken for Short-term Time Charters in Asia

File photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company

The Asian Aframax market is currently stable but seems to be facing a more positive outlook on the back of short-term time charters as well as an increase in third decade cargoes. Rates for an Indonesia/Japan run basis 80 kt are hovering around w100 to w102.5, while rates for the AG/East route basis 80 kt stand at w115. Reflecting firmer owner sentiment, TD14 inched up steadily w-o-w to w100.78 which translates into daily earnings of around $8,700/day. At least three Aframaxes…

Ship Operating Costs Under Immense Pressure

If it wasn’t bad enough that demand in the shipping markets has not recovered, commodity price rises have put more than a little pressure on ship operating costs. Fleet owners and managers are certainly feeling the squeeze in 2011. Drewry has just published its latest annual analysis of ship operating costs, covering 8 vessel sectors and over 35 different sizes of vessel plus detailed operating budgets for a range of oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers, dry bulk vessels…

Marine Lubricants: New Year, New Emission Rules

January 1, 2015 is an important date for ship owner and operators to ensure that their vessels, when operating inside ECA zones, are doing so in compliance with strict new emission edicts concerning the emission of sulfur. – to discuss some of the technical and logistical matters you must consider. The move to low sulfur fuels is well recorded, but from your point of view, describe the situation that ship owners face regarding fuel selection and cylinder lubrication come January 1, 2015?

Fuels & Lubes: Fuel Oil Separation Takes Center Stage

While maritime security concerns are most assuredly the number one item topping marine vessel owner's agendas, environmental matters rank a close second. Port state authorities around the globe regularly levy millions of dollars in fines for illegal dumping and accidental spills, and the marine industry is under the microscope of public opinion, as vessel operations are scrutinized like never before. Microscopic is a very good word. With a meeting of equipment makers, classification societies and shipowners in London last month, it was announced that for the first time purchasers of fuel treatment systems for ships have access to a standardized test method…

Why Is Fuel Testing Important?

© Oleksandr Prykhodko / Adobe Stock

Ship operators shuld make on board fuel testing an operational necessity, urges Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). There are a host of issues, which can arise with both traditional heavy fuels and modern low sulphur distillates that, if left unchecked, cause significant problems in the engine room. Water content is a common problem for both fuels, but there specific issues associated with the two distinct fuel types. Jonas Östlund, Product Marketing Manager, Oil, WSS, explains, “Heavy fuels are prone to problems with stability and the ominous catalytic fines that wear down engines…

Slow Steaming Brings Fuels, Lubes into Spotlight

As shipping companies increasingly employ slow steaming to help reduce costs and control emissions, the process and challenge of procuring marine lubricants has taken on greater complexity and significance, according to Total Lubmarine. The North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), effective from 2012, will impact 50% of maritime traffic, forcing ship owners and operators not typically operating in ECA’s to begin use of lower basicity cylinder lubricants required for lower sulfur fuels. This increasing trend is likely to pose challenges for ship owners and operators when leaving ECA’s, as lower base number (BN) lubricants are not best suited to operation with higher sulfur fuels permissible for use outside ECA boundaries.

IMO Training in Malaysia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants from across Malaysia have been taking part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The interactive workshop included class-based lectures and exercises, as well as practical training on board…

Klüber Lubrication

Whether their job is in the international transport of goods, the extraction of oil or gas, or in the cruise business – ships operating at sea or on inland waterways are exposed to high stresses. Many factors work simultaneously toward the degradation of vessel and systems, factors such as extreme cold or heat, high mechanical loads, corrosion, rising and falling temperatures, micro-movement, and the contact with salty air and sea water, all make maintenance and repair a perpetual task.

Why Size Matters: Container Ship Economies of Scale

Image courtesy of Maersk Line

Maersk Line’s first 18,000 teu vessel, the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, which was doing the rounds on her maiden voyage in Northern Europe last week, has prompted much speculation on her economies of scale, particularly as HHI has just confirmed that it is negotiating an order for five slightly larger ships with UASC, says Drewry Maritime Research in a new paper. The economies of scale offered by Maersk Line’s 18,000 teu vessels are so great that few can ignore them. Assuming the Triple E’s consume 164 tonnes of fuel a day (excluding diesel)…

MES Delivers 66,000 DWT Bulk Carrier

22nd Ship of MES’s Eco-Ship neo66BC Photo MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. "INDIGO BREEZE" (MES Hull No. 1926) at its Tamano Works on 22nd February, 2017 to ARIST MARITIME S.A., the Republic of Panama. This is the 22nd ship of our “neo60BC”, the third Eco-Ship line up of our “neo series”. Service Speed  abt. * The vessel has four (4) cranes and five (5) cargo holds, and keeps the superior usability of “Mitsui 56”. * The vessel achieves over 60,000 deadweight with Panamax beam and keeps our neo56’s compatibility for ports and trade routes.

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