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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Marine Lubricants News

KPI Bridge Oil Appoints Hout

Caroline Hout

KPI Bridge Oil, a leading global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, has appointed Ms. Caroline Huot as Global Marine Lubricants Director. Caroline will be based in the Group’s Singapore office. Caroline Huot who is a French national has more than 17 years experience in the Marine Lubricants sector. Amongst a number of high profile positions within the Shipping and Marine lubricants industries, she has served as CEO and Managing Director for large independent Marine lubricant supplier…

Marine Lubricant Suppliers in Global Supply Link-up

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and SK Lubricants sign an agreement that will allow Aegean to increase its sales volumes in the marine lubricants market and SK Lubricants to extend its global sales network. Under the global cooperation agreement between the companies, Aegean will supply and deliver marine lubricant products to customers of SK Lubricants in the Aegean lubricants network, which currently covers 45 countries and 550 ports worldwide, and SK Lubricants will provide Aegean's customers in South Korea with marine lubricant products. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President, commented, "Our agreement with SK Lubricants will allow Aegean to expand sales volumes for our marine lubricants and further extend our presence in the Asian market.

OW Bunker Launches Global Marine Lubricants Division

Stathis Grafakos (Photo: OW Bunker).

The company has started cooperation with leading brands in Marine Lubricants to provide a full range of lubricant grades to customers, and will look to target further sales to specific target prospects on a worldwide basis. The Marine Lubricants Division will be headquartered in Piraeus, and led by Stathis Grafakos, who has years of experience in the lubricants business. Further offices will be rolled out on a global basis over the coming months. The company will provide a full range of quality marine lubricant grades in cooperation with leading brands in marine lubricants…

Chevron Announces Alliance with Petrol Ofisi

Chevron has signed agreements with the fuel products distribution and lubricants company of Turkey, Petrol Ofisi in Istanbul, that will result in improved supplies of marine lubricants to ship operators and managers operating in Turkey. This alliance covers production, logistics and delivery service of the full range of Chevron’s marine lubricant product line in Turkey for the first time. Pedro Cardenes, General Manager Finished Lubricants - Marine said, “Chevron is pleased to collaborate with Petrol Ofisi to offer Chevron’s full range of marine lubricants and services to customers in Turkey…

UASC, Lukoil Enter Lubes Supply Deal

Photo: Lukoil Marine Lubricants

Container shipping line United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and the Dubai-based marine lubricant specialist Lukoil have signed a lubricant supply agreement covering vessels from UASC’s advanced newbuilding program. UASC is currently implementing a newbuilding program that includes 17 new vessels on order; six x 18,800 TEU and 11 x 15,000 TEU containerships. Lukoil Marine Lubricants has already supplied eight of the 17 container ships with advanced lubrication solutions. Lukoil Marine will equip UASC’s vessels with iCOlube…

Total Lubmarine Celebrates 25 years' Asia-Pacific service

Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. Photo Total Lubmarine

Increased demand for marine lubricants in the Asia-Pacific region has underpinned the growth of Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office which this year celebrates 25 years of service to ship operators across the region. Today, Asia represents more than 50% of Total’s lubricants sales across all segments. Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. The company’s Hong Kong story began in 1990 when Elf Lubricant Hong Kong Ltd was established…

Marine Lubricants Market to Reach US$9.36 Billion by 2018

Pic: Exxon Mobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants

Marine lubricants market's revenue is set to grow at a CAGR of 6.13% during the forecast period, eventually reaching a value of US$9.36 billion by the end of 2018. Europe is the largest consumer of marine lubricants owing to a prosperous marine trade network. The U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and the Netherlands are the major consumers within the European marine lubricants market. A readily observable pattern is that all these countries have easy access to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea (both in some cases), and both are busy shipping routes.

MN 100: Total Lubmarine

Total Lubmarine is a global business unit of the oil major Total Group specialized and dedicated to marine lubricants and greases. Providing marine lubricants since 1952, Total Lubmarine is fully integrated from product development, supply chain, marketing and sales. Lubmarine offers a complete range of marine lubricants to meet the needs of the international shipping industry, based on technologies developed by the Total Research Center at Solaize, tested and approved by all the major marine engine manufacturers.

Mobil-Brand Marine Lubricant Service Available

Mobil Corporation's affiliates will now offer marine lubricant service to shipping companies calling on ports located in the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. A full range of Mobil-brand marine lubricants is available in 11 ports in the Dominican Republic, as well as the ports of Willemstad and Bullenbaai in Curacao; Oranjestad in Aruba and Kralendijk in Bonaire.

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Gothenburg Warehouse

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants informs it has opened a new warehouse in Gothenburg.   The marine lubricants supplier said it constantly strives to expand its global supply network, adding that the new site will enable reduced lead time and increased flexibility when delivering lubricants to vessels calling at Scandinavian ports.   LUKOIL Marine serves the Scandinavian market from its order department in Hamburg. The company said it has further improved availability of its full product range in the region via cooperation with new logistics partner for Scandinavia, TJOSAB AB.

ExxonMobil, Greek Ship Owners Celebrate 50-Year Partnership

Ray Pomfret and Mathew Los, Chairman of the Greek Group, at the Yacht Club of Greece in Athens exchanging gifts.

ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants and the Greek Group, a collection of likeminded Greek shipping families, celebrated a 50-year business partnership this summer, representing the oil company’s longest-running supply agreement with a Marine customer organization. The Greek Group was established in 1961 when nine shipping family companies formed a fuel and lubricants purchasing group with Mobil Bunker Ltd., London. The original companies, organised as the Prometheus Group, were mainly from the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean sea and had settled in London during World War II.

Total Lubmarine Expands Product Availability

Marine lubricant provider, Total Lubmarine announced an expansion in availability of its marine lubricants, which will see key products from its portfolio supplied at Lebanon’s major ports. Total Lubmarine’s cylinder, trunk piston engine and system oils, including the ATLANTA, AURELIA and TALUSIA Range, are now available at the ports of Tripoli and Beirut. The expansion makes Total Lubmarine the first major lubricant provider to supply products in Lebanon, and the decision to expand availability comes amid a significant increase in the country’s shipping activity during the last two years. Andrew Know, Commercial Director Middle East at Total Lubmarine said…

Lubmarine Outlines Position in Supply Crisis

Marine lubricants supplier TOTAL Lubmarine has outlined its position concerning increasing raw material costs and growing shortages of marine lubricants. Andrew Knox, Head of Marketing at TOTAL Lubmarine, says, "Recent events have shown how tight the worldwide situation is. This is due to a long historical period of low and decreasing margins which have discouraged the industry from investing. "With the 2004 and 2005 increases in crude oil and lubricant raw material market prices, industry profitability has worsened, and the incredible acceleration in cost increases in recent months puts the industry in an unprecedented position of vulnerability. Since July, base oil price costs have increased by between 24 and 35 percent.

LUKOIL Makes First Bulk Delivery in Novorossiysk

Since January 2014, the marine lubricant specialist LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Ltd. offers bulk supply of lubricant main grades in Novorossiysk, Russia’s main port on the Black Sea. On January 15, 2014 the first large order of Navigo 70 MCL was successfully delivered by barge. Novorossiysk is one of Russia’s most important export seaports and regularly frequented by a large number of cargo ships. Until recently, lubricant supplies were not available in bulk in this port. Vessels were able to bunker in Novorossiysk, but had to call at another port or Istanbul Roads for lubricant supply. This almost invariably resulted in longer routes and waiting times for the ships, going hand in hand with elevated costs for the ship owners.

Lukoil Marine Lubricants increases turnover to $200 million

Photo: Lukoil

Specializing in lubricants for the maritime industry, Lukoil Marine Lubricants Ltd. increased its sales revenue in the past financial year 2012 by 74% to around $200 million. This result was announced by Lukoil Marine Lubricants’ CEO Victor Zhuravskiy in Hamburg. Founded in 2008, Lukoil Marine Lubricants is a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The company’s recent performance marks a continuation of its headlong growth. “Having full support from the parent company we’ve managed to build a truly global, efficient organization which is now the fastest growing company in the industry.

BP Marine to Migrate Marine Lubricant to Castrol

Consolidation will provide marine customers with a simpler and more consistent product offering. Global lubricants manufacturer, Castrol, has announced that it will become the sole brand for the BP group’s marine lubricant offering. The decision to consolidate the marine lubricants offerings that are currently provided under both BP Marine and Castrol Marine brands will create a single product and service portfolio that will provide greater simplicity and efficiency for customers.

Alexia S4 to Strengthen Shell Marine Market Share

Jerry Hammett, Marine Technology Group Manager, Shell Global Solutions (Deutschland), Koh Chaik Ming, General Manager, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Shell Marine Products (SMP), Eva Bednarik, Global Technology and Technical Marketing Manager, SMP and Hew Shaw Siang, East Regional Technical Manager and Regional Technical Service Delivery Manager, Asia Pacific and Middle East, SMP.

Next generation lubricant to help ship operators manage operating costs and operational simplicity. Shell Marine Products (SMP) plans to capture a leading share of the marine lubricants market with the launch of its 'next generation' marine lubricant, Alexia S4, next-year. Marine lubricants add up to 20% of operational costs. Currently, the global marine lubricants market is valued at more than US$5 billion. Koh Chaik Ming, General Manager Asia Pacific & Middle East, Shell Marine Products…

Gazpromneft-Lubricants Bolsters Caspian Sea Ports Supplies

Photo: Gazpromneft - Lubricants, Ltd

Gazpromneft-Lubricants, the Gazprom Neft oil business operator, has started delivering marine lubricants in the sea port of Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan. The first supply to the Dniester dredging vessel was carried out as part of the three-year agreement with Rosmorport signed in spring, 2017. According to the agreement, Gazpromneft-Lubricants is going to deliver 1500 tons of marine lubricants to the company's vessels. The sales territory of Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ marine products under the present agreements include the Northwestern…

OW Bunker Secures Exclusive Contract

OW Bunker, one of the largest suppliers and traders of marine fuel and lubricants, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Shell Brazil to supply marine lubricants to domestic customers. OW Bunker Brazil is now responsible for the sale, supply and distribution of Shell's full range of marine lubricants in the South, Southeast and Northeast (not including Maranhão State) regions of Brazil. Flavio Ribeiro, Managing Director, OW Bunker Brazil, commented:  “This is a significant contract for OW Bunker Brazil, and highlights the strength of our operations in the region, as well as the development of our global lubricants offering. Based in Rio de Janeiro, OW Bunker Brazil's lubricants team is led by experienced trader Marcus Cabral.

BP Marine Establishes Presence In Chile

BP Marine has opened a new supply network in Chile offering a full lubricant supply facility at 14 ports along the Chilean coast from Puerto Montt in the South - to Iquique located further North. Coordinating local blending of a core range of marine lubricants, the BP marine network in Latin America will operate out of Santiago de Chile, managing the supply and distribution of marine lubricants. Local stocks will be situated in strategic locations to provide for the 14 major Chilean coast ports. According to Alberto Julio, who is managing the BP Chile operation, the network will offer a service to BP International shipping customers requiring replacement products in Chile, as well as supplying the local coastal shipping industry.

LUKOIL Marine Cylinder Oil Approved by MAN and WinGD

Photo: Lukoil Marine Lubricants

Ready for the 2020 sulphur cap? There is a big change in fuels ahead of us and the fuel suppliers are busy looking into several options. However, regardless of whether de-sulphurisation, MGO or distillate blends or any predominantly hydrocarbon blend with a maximum of 0.5 percent sulphur content or a 0.1 percent limit in ECA - “We are ready,” said Stefan Claussen, Technical and Marketing Director of LUKOIL Marine Lubricants. In order to offer the best possible lubricant solutions in the years leading up to 2020 and beyond…

KPI Appoints Vice CEO and New Managing Director

Rob Atkinson

KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, appointed Rob Atkinson as Vice CEO for the group and Jesper Rasmussen as Managing Director for its North American operations. Rob Atkinson has held a senior position in the company since joining Kristensons-Petroleum, Inc. (KPI) in 1993, latest as Managing Director for KPIBO Americas, and he has been the driving force in the creation and development of KPI as well as the mastermind of the original KPI-Bridge Oil alliance.

Chevron Lubricant Receives Approval from WinGD

Chevron Marine Lubricants received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its Taro Special HT 100 cylinder lubrication oil in a number of the manufacturer’s engines when operating on a wide variety of fuels from 0.0% to 3.5% sulphur, including fuels compliant with emissions control area (ECA) regulations with a maximum content of 0.10% sulphur, eliminating the need to change cylinder lubricants when operating in and out of ECAs. This follows 2,000 hours of validation testing on-board a Panamax containership fitted with a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine. The NOL applies to the use of Taro Special HT 100 in WinGD X…

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