Robert Joore, the new general manager of Total Lubmarine, has laid out his vision for the company. This focuses on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators that are operating in poor freight markets under low sulphur emissions regulations.
Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Paris, Mr 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. At the same time, we anticipate that the demand for environmentally acceptable lubricants will continue to grow, driven by the rising numbers of ships trading in the polar regions.”
Last year saw the launch of Talusia Optima, a cylinder lube oil suitable for use with fuels ranging in sulphur content from 0-3.5 per cent. This means that when changing from low to high sulphur fuel or vice versa, a ship does not need to change lubricant. This is particularly useful for vessels transiting in and out of emission control areas. Talusia Optima has been available in major maritime hubs since September 2016 and Total Lubmarine is now rolling out availability across many of the 1,000 ports in its network.
Noting the tough market conditions facing the shipping industry, Mr Joore said: “Many of our customers have been battling with low freight rates for almost ten years. Lubes are, of course, a big part of any shipping company’s daily operating costs and we are very focused on helping our customers reduce their lube consumption as well as extending the life of engines and vessel equipment in a practical way. We will continue to offer a customised feed rate reduction programme to all our customers, visiting their vessels and ensuring that their onboard teams are making best use of our lubes.”
He added: “Total Lubmarine is committed to playing its part in helping its shipping clients develop long-term strategies that enable them to operate profitably whilst at the same time complying with ever more stringent regulations.”
Total and CMA CGM prepare for new environmental regulations
Total and shipping group CMA CGM have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding.
The two partners will be combining their expertise to prepare for stricter fuel regulations in the shipping industry and to further reduce the sector’s footprint by developing solutions that make container ships more environmentally-friendly.
Total will support CMA CGM by becoming its multifuel supplier, providing a comprehensive range of solutions:
- Fuel oil with a sulphur content of 0.5 per cent.
- Fuel oil with a sulphur content of 3.5 per cent for ships equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers), which reduce the polluting emissions before they are released into the atmosphere.
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG), which offers numerous advantages from an environmental standpoint, including the reduction of CO2 emissions, the elimination of sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and a considerable decrease of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.
The Group’s specialised affiliate Total Marine Fuels has been renamed Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions. The new organisation intends in particular to become a leading player in the LNG bunker market.
Chevron launches its latest cylinder lubricant
Chevron Marine Lubricants has developed Taro Special HT Ultra, a new two-stroke cylinder lubricant that the manufacturer claims is able to cope with the demands of the latest design high efficiency engines while running on high sulphur fuel at low speeds.
According to the company, Taro Special HT Ultra provides the flexibility required for blending on board and is the first 140BN cylinder lubricant that is approved by OEMS for use on its own in ultra-high corrosion environments. Approval followed extensive laboratory and onboard trials.
New high efficiency engines have more of a tendency to develop cold corrosion inside the cylinder than older, less efficient units. A number of methods can be used to mitigate the effects of this highly corrosive environment, the easiest being to increase cylinder lubricant feed rates.
However, Chevron says it is far more efficient to switch to a higher BN lubricant once a certain rate is reached, providing superior corrosion protection with less product injected into the cylinder.
Injecting more alkalinity than necessary is not economical and may cause performance problems. Ship operators therefore need to make sure that they use the right oil to get maximum engine protection at the lowest cylinder lubricant feed rate.
Chevron Marine Lubricants says that the data provided by its DOT.FAST service – which provides onboard analysis along with more extensive evaluation of drip oil samples at a shore-based laboratory – enables the operator to optimise the cylinder oil feed rate, to balance wear against consumption, ensuring the lowest possible costs.
Chia Yoo Soon, general manager of Chevron Marine Lubricants, said: “The development of Taro Special HT Ultra was a direct result of the challenges one of our customers was experiencing. We, with our marine technology team and partners, pride ourselves on being agile and able to react quickly to rapidly changing marine industry requirements and needs. We continue to listen to the needs of our customers and the industry, developing products and services to provide value and innovation in the market, demonstrating our commitment to the industry and its future.”
Gulf Oil Marine launches customer portal
Gulf Oil Marine’s GulfSea Technical Solutions is an online customer portal, which encompasses GulfSea UOA Analytica, GulfSea SDA Insight, GulfSea MLR and GulfSea Reporta.
GulfSea UOA Analytica is a reporting program which supplies owners and operators with the results of the analyses of used oil, drawn from various items of machinery on board their vessels. Gulf Oil Marine says that these reports help shipowners and shipmanagers to increase the reliability of onboard equipment and, ultimately, lower maintenance costs.
GulfSea UOA Analytica offers a comprehensive overview of the condition of a lubricant in use through a wide range of used oil tests, providing early warning of possible equipment problems and assisting in the prediction of machinery operating efficiency. Customers can also compare samples and evaluate the performance of like lubricants across various vessels in their fleet.
GulfSea SDA Insight, which reports on the condition of used cylinder oil through scrape-down analysis, is a database of reports which contain visual, colour-coded, alert indicators that indicate when numerical values are outside specified tolerances. The system also has a historical trend report function. The reports analyse the iron (Fe) content and base number levels, and the results allow operators to understand and evaluate the condition of their engines and of the cylinder oil in use.
GulfSea MLR is a database of machinery lubrication recommendation schedules enabling customers to view a standardised document showing the complete list of machinery on board each vessel. It details the machinery data, such as manufacturer and model, as well as the lubricants required, lubrication points and used oil analysis sampling points, if applicable.
GulfSea Reporta is a database of ship inspection reports, loaded in real-time by Gulf Oil Marine technical engineers. It can be viewed by a customer immediately after a technical visit to the vessel. The report is typically produced after the vessel has taken first-fill of Gulf Oil Marine products, or has changed over from another supplier.
The reports detail all actions carried out during the technical visit and will highlight any issues or concerns. A comprehensive range of photos are added to each report, and details of machinery identified for used oil analysis will be listed. All relevant vessel details are captured in the report.