Shell Considering Sale of Downstream Businesses in Italy
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.
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…
Dordrecht Inland Seaport to Get LNG Bunker Station
The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants a new multi-fuel bunkering station for refuelling with LNG and other cleaner fuels. The anticipated location of the bunkering station is Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and PitPoint.LNG have therefore signed a declaration of intent regarding a joint investigation into the construction of such a multi-fuel bunkering station. “As operator of Europe’s largest port, the Port Authority sees…
UTLC Launches Service from China to Europe
Russia's JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) jointly with KTZ-Express launched a new transport product for the delivery of non-hazardous chemical goods in tank containers from China to Europe as part of the regular container service U West (Dostyk-Brest). The first train, consisting of 82 twenty-foot tank containers, loaded with butylene glycol produced by XINJIANG MARKOR CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, departed from Korla Station (China). The cargo transited through the territories of Kazakhstan…
Hatz Launches Online Documentation Portal
Motorenfabrik Hatz said it has created a new online portal which makes available to customers important documentation for engines as well as information on their installation and operation. Based on the engine ID number on the delivery note or name plate of the engine, customers are guided quickly and directly to the documents that are particularly available for their engine type. There are a multitude of advantages to the online documentation. For example, it is possible to conduct a focused search for installation or wiring instructions…
Total Lubmarine Celebrates 25 years' Asia-Pacific service
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
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…
ExxonMobil Launches Series of 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pair of Fire/Rescue Boats Now on Duty
Boat builder Lake Assault Boats has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in California. The versatile landing craft style vessels – one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long – are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios. “Having two of our boats on duty with the San Bernardino County Fire Department is an honor,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. The 28-foot craft is stationed in Needles, Calif. and serves on the Colorado River.
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.
RSC Bio Solutions, Drew Marine Ink Distribution Deal
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…
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.
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.
ExxonMobil, Greek Ship Owners Celebrate 50-Year Partnership
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
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.
Tall Ship Runs Aground in Newport Harbor
U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill established a safety zone in Newport Harbor, R.I., Sunday night after a tall ship lost power and hit multiple other vessels before grounding near Perrotti Park. No injuries or pollution have been reported. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, an educational tall ship homeported in Newport, was leaving Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival with 12 crewmembers aboard when it lost power and began to drift. A 911 dispatcher alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the incident at about 6:15 p.m.
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.