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Monday, March 19, 2018

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Shell Considering Sale of Downstream Businesses in Italy

Photo: Shell

Shell announced it is considering the sale of its Retail, Aviation and Supply and Distribution Downstream businesses in Italy. Shell’s non-service station Lubricants and Marine businesses are not part of this announcement. This announcement also has no impact on the Upstream and Gas and Power businesses in Italy. These businesses present strong growth opportunities for the company in Italy. The potential sale is consistent with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its global Downstream businesses where it can be most competitive. Recent examples include the sale of refineries in the U.K.

All Operators Should Follow These Lubrication Steps

Maintaining mission-critical winches, windlasses and cranes: the four must-have lubrication steps that all operators need to keep gears going. In the marine industry, winches, windlasses and cranes are the work horses of deck and harbor operations. They can be used to set anchors, position floating drill rigs, raise and lower sensitive scientific equipment, tow a ship, load/unload heavy cargo or even land fish. They are as vital to the mission of a vessel or a port as the main engine is to a ship.

Vane Brothers Launches "Vane Launch"

Photo courtesy Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company (Baltimore, MD) introduced VANE LAUNCH, a new division that builds on the company’s existing launch service offerings, a division designed to be synergistic with Vane Brothers’ bunkering operations. “Though launch services have long been a part of the Vane Brothers catalogue, the emergence of VANE LAUNCH signals a new era of expansion and increased commitment to this important business segment,” said C. Duff Hughes, President, Vane Brothers. The Vane Brothers Company…

3 Rescued Off Port of St. Lucie

The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled boat approximately 12 miles east of Port of St. Lucie, Sunday. At approximately, 5 a.m., the crew of the tug McAllister Sister notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a red meteor flare from a 23-foot center console. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew to assist The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene and towed the center console to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

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…

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…

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…

VPS Expands Lubricant Oil Condition Monitoring Services

Image: Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)

The marine fuels testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) announced the latest expansion of the company’s lubricant oil condition monitoring (OCM) service. In the company’s continuous drive to offer its customers a widening range of technically advanced, value-added services, VPS have made a significant financial investment to equip their Rotterdam Laboratory with the very latest analytical technology, automation and robotics for the testing of lubricants. The introduction of such advanced equipment and systems…

ExxonMobil Launches Series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

Photo: ExxonMobil

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…

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.

ExxonMobil to Integrate Lubricants Businesses in Europe

ExxonMobil Lubricants announced it is integrating the Esso and Mobil lubricants operations in Europe. The European regional office for the ExxonMobil lubricants business has been established in Brussels and is fully operational. The integration at the country level will begin shortly and should be completed by the end of the year. This consolidation of ExxonMobil's lubricants business follows receipt of European regulatory approvals and completion of an agreement to dissolve the Mobil-BP joint venture.

Medicine on Danish Ships Abroad

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Denmark introduces new regulation, simplifying the handling of medical supplies for survival craft and the handling of medicine on board Danish ships abroad. The requirement for ships’ medicine to be bought from a Danish pharmacy will be abolished when the new regulations become effective on 1 July 2018. This is a considerable advantage when ships located far from Denmark are switching to the Danish flag. The new regulations will also make it easier for Danish survival craft manufacturers and service stations to import the medicine required on board.

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.

COSCO Places Large Lubricants Order with Shell

COSCO SHIPPING Taurus, one of COSCO SHIPPING’s 20,000 teu capacity containerships (Photo: Shell Marine)

Shell Marine said it has been awarded China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company’s (COSCO SHIPPING) largest marine lubricants order in 2017. This order will include the full range of marine lubricants and technical services for seven out of COSCO SHIPPING’S 10 new generation Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCCs) with capacities of approximately 20,000 TEUs each, ordered in 2015 and due to be in service from 2018-2019. Shell Marine has supplied marine lubricants and services to over 140 COSCO SHIPPING vessels since 2004.

Lubmarine to Launch New Lubricants

applications which will be available in July 2003. environment of modern marine engines. reduced. stress or engine overload conditions. increases the life of the lubricant. to a longer engine life. engine parts against corrosion due to Aurelia XL's high BN.

Shear Stability: The Key to Proper EAL Gear Oil Selection

Selection of gear oil for marine thrusters or a stern tube lubricant for use with propeller shaft bearings is often based on analyzing price/performance characteristics of the lubricant and its availability. Now with the implementation of the 2013 Vessel General Permit, this analysis must be expanded to include environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) that meet the new EPA standards. To meet environmental requirements, EALs are blended from base oils other than mineral oil. They still meet the same lubricant objective – providing long-term equipment protection.

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.

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.

RSC Bio Solutions, Drew Marine Ink Distribution Deal

Mike Guggenheimer (Photo: RSC Bio Solutions)

RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced a new global marine distribution partnership at a press event held at Nor-Shipping’s annual conference in Oslo, Norway. This strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for RSC Bio Solutions’ high performance environmental lubricant offerings. With Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) growing quickly in the global marine market and demand from shipowners expanding into a wider range of auxiliary lubricant and grease applications…

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.

MN100: Klüber Lubrication NA LP

(Photo: KlĂĽber Lubrication)

Klüber Lubrication is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a test bay hardly rivaled in the lubricants industry.

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.

Klüberbio Lubricants EU Ecolabel Approved

KlĎ‹ber 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.

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