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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gear Oil News

Klüberbio Lubricants EU Ecolabel Approved

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announces that its Klüberbio EG 2 gear oil for thrusters and Klüberbio RM 2 stern tube oil now carry the European Ecolabel, signifying compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). The EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal. Klüber’s gear oils for thruster and CPP propulsion units and its stern tube oils are approved for use by leading thruster and seal system OEMs and now have independent assurance, from the EU Ecolabel Program, that the products achieve the U.S.

Chevron Introduces New Line: Clarity Synthetic EA Oils

Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, unveiled a new line of Clarity Synthetic EA Hydraulic and Gear Oils for the marine industry and other applications where leaks or accidental discharge are a concern. These products meet the new EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). Clarity Synthetic EA Hydraulic and Gear Oils are designed to give maximum protection and provide seal compatibility in hydraulic equipment and industrial gear applications on vessels and equipment where performance is critical. This includes marine applications such as: stern tubes, thrusters, controllable pitch propellers, stabilizers, rudder bearings and other mechanical equipment subject to immersion.

ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants Mobilgear SHC MT 68

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ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants introduced Mobilgear SHC MT 68, a fully synthetic extreme pressure (EP) marine gear oil formulated to optimise the performance of equipment operating under extreme conditions. The new product resists micropitting while protecting marine thruster gear drives against conventional forms of wear and corrosion. Mobilgear SHC MT 68 was developed to meet global marketplace demand for a synthetic EP gear oil with excellent wear and corrosion protection, operability at both high and low temperatures and compatibility with industry-standard gearbox seal materials.

EnviroLogic 210EP Approved for Thrustmaster

RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters. With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions, whose sustainable technologies are approved for use by Thrustmaster in oil and gas, workboat, deep water, marine and wind construction applications. RSC Bio Solutions describes EnviroLogic 210EP as a non-sheening, readily biodegradable synthetic ISO 100 grade gear oil that offers anti-wear and extreme-pressure properties, corrosion and rust protection and system cleanliness characteristics. It is approved for use in a variety of industrial applications where incidental exposure of oil to the environment is of concern.

Klüber Synthetic Gear Oils Offer Max Efficiency

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Klüber Lubrication, manufacturer of specialty lubricants, provides high-performance gear oils that are based on high-grade raw materials and advanced additives, enabling maximum efficiency in the lubrication of gear components. Klübersynth GEM 4 N are high-performance gear and multipurpose oils based on polyalphaolefin that provide outstanding protection against wear with resistance to micropitting, foaming, and residue formation. They are used for the lubrication of plain and rolling bearings, toothed couplings, chains, guideways, joints, spindles and pumps.

SCHOTTEL’s LEACON Certified Leak-free

SCHOTTEL LEACON sealing system with SCHOTTEL Rudderpropeller (Image: SCHOTTEL GmbH)

Following a technical update, the SCHOTTEL LEACON system has now been certified by classification society DNV-GL as a leak-free sealing system for the oil-to-sea interface. This optimized version has already been integrated in the ongoing production. This means that SCHOTTEL drives with LEACON can still be operated in U.S. waters without the need to use bio-oils in compliance with the current VGP from EPA. SCHOTTEL LEACON is a service-proven system and has been used in its principal function since November 2009.

ExxonMobil Launches Series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

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ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants. Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids…

ExxonMobil Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants.  Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids, Mobil SHC Aware ST stern tube lubricants; Mobil SHC Aware Grease EP 2 multipurpose grease and Mobil SHC Aware Gear range of gear oils. www.exxonmobil.com   (As published in the October 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - www.marinelink.com)

EPA Approves VapCor Cleanol HDW1 for ‘Safer Choice’ Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accepted VapCor Cleanol HDW1 into the Safer Choice program. This is a related program to Designed for the Environment (DFE) an environmental program run by the EPA that helps consumers, businesses and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. This new program requires a performance criteria and also categorizes the various cleaners by industry and makes different requirements within the category. VapCor Cleanol HDW1, in the marine category, can now be considered an EPP (environmentally preferred product) as per VGP 2013. The additional…

News: Kody Marine Building For Maryland Marine

"The resurgence in the push boat new-builds for the petro-chemical market has been a pleasant surprise for Cummins Mid-South," says Calvin Klotz Vice-President for Marine Sales. Mid-South currently has engines for a half dozen or more Cummins-powered push-boats on order. Three of these boats are building at Kody Marine for Higman Marine Services' associated firm Maryland Marine Inc. The first vessel, to be named Skipjack, was delivered at the end of May. Construction on the two sister-ships is to start by July 1. Each of these three boats will be powered by a pair of Cummins KTA38 M1 main engines rated for 1,000 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn into Twin Disc MG540 gears with 6.18:1 ratios. The 78 x 53-in. propellers are mounted on 16-ft. by 8-in. cold rolled shafts.

RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals

RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) - hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases - and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters. The RSC EnviroLogic HF 68 HP was approved for use in Kawasaki Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP). RSC EnviroLogic HF 68 HP is a high performance, readily biodegradable, synthetic ISO 68 grade hydraulic fluid. Intended for use in severe conditions, including extreme high temperatures (250°F / 121°C), low temperatures (-40°F / -40°C) and high pressure (5000+ psi / 34…

Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative

Bel-Ray Company Inc. announced that it has appointed the Yellow Marine Consultancy for sales representation in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. For more than 60 years, the Bel-Ray Company has produced high performance marine lubricants for everyone from the United States Navy to the largest manufacturers of outboard marine engines. Specialty lubricants have been produced, engineered and developed for virtually every marine application, with products for two-stroke, four-stroke and diesel engines in outboard, inboard, stern drive and jet drive systems.

Castrol Offshore Environmentally Safer Greases

A new performance standard for critical offshore operations will help North Sea oil and gas drilling operators comply with new environmental requirements. Under rules set by the North-East Atlantic regulator, OSPAR, the range of the UK Offshore Chemical Notification scheme is being extended from 1st January 2009 to include all greases used to lubricate jack-up open gearing – that raise and lower the platforms from and into the sea. The consequence for North Sea oil and gas drilling operators is that the environmental impact of all greases used will have to be established prior to use. Lubricants containing hazardous components may be excluded from use and many components used in existing greases will attract attention from the authorities.

Oils and Oil Analysis: What You Need to Know

In any given lubricant (such as engine oil, transmission fluid or gear oil), there are three main factors that influence the “useful life” of the lubricant:  Viscosity Stability, Oxidation, and Contamination. While it is important to understand how these factors affect oil life, it is equally important to realize that none of these factors can be measured or monitored except through a thorough and ongoing oil analysis program. Viscosity - First, let’s examine the oil property known as “Viscosity.”  Viscosity is defined as resistance of an oil to flow at a given temperature.

Keller Shifts Gears

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Satisfaction in overall powertrain reliability often comes down to individual components, starting with the gearbox and gear wheels. To this end C. u. W Keller GmbH & Co.KG, has made investment in its products and processes – $41 million over the last 15 years – to ensure that it remains a strong link in the propulsion chain. Keller’s experience in gear wheels and gearbox that spans more than 100 years, with marine applications added to the line-up 18 years ago. In nearly two decades Keller has found success in the maritime sector…

VGP-compliant Lubricants with a Pedigree

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With nearly 30 years experience in producing environmentally-considerate lubricants, PANOLIN offers its VGP-compliant Greenmarine products to help owners and operators meet the imminent EPA requirements. Unlike most trying to comply with the EPA VGP, PANOLIN say that their products are not a newcomers on the market. Some of the world's largest hydraulic equipment OEMs have relied on PANOLIN products for decades. PANOLIN Greenmarine lubricants use fully saturated synthetic esters and specially developed additives to achieve 100% VGP and sVGP compliance without sacrificing performance.

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.

Klüber to Present New EALs at SMM

“Closer to you” is the motto, under which Klüber Lubrication will be presenting its latest environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for ships and offshore installations at the SMM 2016. According to the manufacturer, all the EALs offer high-performance capacity and reliability under extreme conditions and comply with the requirements defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2013 Vessel General Permit and by current environmental standards. “Klüber Lubrication offers a complete range of EALs for all relevant applications on board a ship,” said Dirk Fabry, Business Development Manager for Marine at Klüber Lubrication.

Pioneering Tech for Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

Image Courtesy James Fisher Renewables

James Fisher Renewables conducted an innovative trial of Ship-to-Turbine (STT), an oil change system set to significantly improve safety, efficiency and reduce down time in offshore wind turbine gearbox oil changes. James Fisher Renewables reports that it has successfully trialed an innovative oil transfer system for the direct extraction and refill of offshore wind gearbox oils from a conventional access vessel, a trial performed on an offshore wind farm off the Norfolk coast.

Neuville Mixes Large and Small Crewboats

Kerry Neuville recently built an 18-ft. aluminum skiff with his son and now parks it in the same shed where he and his brother started their boatbuilding careers. Across the yard from the little shed Neuville Boatworks huge building sheds bustle with their usual activity. With a 154 x 30 x 12.5-ft. crew boat (160-foot overall) nearing completion for Steve Miguez’s Iberia Crewboats and scheduled for a March delivery. A sister-ship is being framed up on an inverted jig in one of the other building sheds. Both vessels will be powered by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines provide power for the vessel. Each engine produces 1350 hp at 1950 RPM into Twin Disc MG-6650 gears with 2.47:1 reduction. The 5400 hp crewboats will achieve speeds of 26 knots.

Lubricant Specialist Bel-Ray Partners Overtons

Logo Bel-Ray/Overton

Bel-Ray Company, Inc. announces an agreement with Overton’s, the leading watersports dealer, in which Overton’s will distribute Bel-Ray’s performance-enhancing marine oils and lubricants. Bel-Ray’s recent launch of their line of specialty Marine Lubricants draws upon a 50+ year history of producing marine lubricants. These items have been sold worldwide to organizations ranging from the United States Navy to the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of outboard, inboard and stern drive engines.

More Sanmar Newbuilds Cross the Atlantic

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Svitzer Americas’ newest vessels Svitzer Monte Cristi and Svitzer Catuan have been delivered by Turkish tug builder Sanmar. The boats, which will be operated in the Dominican Republic, are Ramparts 2400 SX class tugs, designed by Robert Allan Limited exclusively for Sanmar, and are known as the Bogaçay Class of which 30 have now been purchased by customers worldwide. The tugs measure 24.4m in length with a molded beam of 11.25m and an overall draft 5.7m. They are powered by pair of Caterpillar 3516 C main engines…

Blumenthal Acquires Majority Stake in Terresolve

Blumenthal Holdings, Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) LLC owners, acquire a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd. Terresolve Technologies, LTD, is a leading manufacturer of biobased hydraulic and functional fluids and lubricants for the offshore marine, marine transport, oil and gas and turf care industries. The acquisition will complement RSC’s existing business, RSC Bio Solutions, LLC, and further solidify the company’s commitment to delivering high performance chemistries that do not negatively impact the environment or the employee safety of their industrial customers. RSC Bio Solutions, a sister company to Radiator Specialty Company and RSC Chemical Solutions…

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