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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. Exxon Mobil Corporation has been serving the lubrication needs of the marine industry since the 1880s. Today, its global marine lubricants organisation is a leading supplier of mineral and synthetic oils, providing unsurpassed technical expertise and service for customers worldwide. During the 50 years of the supply partnership between ExxonMobil and these family companies, the Greek Group has grown and now consists of 29 Greek shipping companies. ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants supplies approximately 250 vessels within these companies. To celebrate a half-century of cooperation, Exxon Mobil’s UK Marine Lubricants Department hosted a reception and dinner earlier this summer, to honor this longstanding partnership. More than 80 guests attended the event, held at the prestigious Yacht Club of Greece in Athens


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


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.  


Gulf Oil & Aegean Strategic Partnership

On Feb. 10, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) and Gulf Oil Marine Ltd., a member of Gulf Oil Group, announced that they entered into a strategic partnership for the global distribution of marine lubricants. This partnership will allow for Aegean to join the Sealub Alliance Network, a group recently formed by Gulf Oil Marine to distribute high-quality marine lubricants. The strategic partnership between these two companies will allow for a significant extension in Sealub


Slow Steaming Brings Fuels, Lubes into Spotlight

As shipping companies increasingly employ slow steaming to help reduce costs and control emissions, the process and challenge of procuring marine lubricants has taken on greater complexity and significance, according to Total Lubmarine. The North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), effective from 2012, will impact 50% of maritime traffic, forcing ship owners and operators not typically operating in ECA’s to begin use of lower basicity cylinder lubricants required for lower sulfur


Lukoil: Cylinder Oil to Reduce Wear, Consumption

Lukoil Marine Lubricants reports that it has expanded its sales in the 2012 business year by 74% to around $200m. Established in 2008, the subsidiary of Russian oil group Lukoil continues to grow rapidly. As Lukoil Marine Lubricants CEO Victor Zhuravskiy recently said, “Totally supported by our parent company, we have succeeded in developing an efficient, global enterprise that is currently leading the sector in terms of growth.”


Profile: Benjamin Vickers: 175 Years & Counting

One wonders if, when Benjamin Randall Vickers went into business in 1828 as an agent selling oils and soaps, he had the prescience to see the ever growing need for specialized lubricants as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace. He didn't have an easy ride. But he did have the guts, acumen and integrity to build on his successes and overcome his setbacks. The business he handed down to his sons, and sons of sons, is today a highly focused organization with a respected range of marine


Sealub Alliance Network Opens U.S. Market

On 15 February 2010, Sealub Alliance Americas, Inc., a part of the Gulf Oil Marine group, headquartered in Hong Kong, announced a fully operational manufacturing and supply and distribution network in the United States and Canada. Sealub Alliance Americas is now producing all marine products in four strategic blending facilities and has established a comprehensive distribution network to support delivery operations in more than 80 ports in the U.S. and Canada


Atlantic Energy Enters Total Lubmarine Fleet

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A naming ceremony was held for Atlantic Energy, the newest addition to marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine’s fleet. The ceremony for the the newly-built vessel took place on November 18 at Posttrans B.V in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Atlantic Energy is a 1,560 dwt, double-hulled barge. She features a 35-meter bunker boom, allowing delivery to the largest container ships in the world calling at Rotterdam port and Europoort


Total Lubmarine Celebrates Naming of Trafuco 7

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New barge operated with company’s biolubricants outlines commitment to environment and ship operators in Belgium Marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has welcomed the naming of the newest addition to its fleet, Trafuco 7. The naming ceremony for the newly-built vessel took place at The Port of Antwerp, in Belgium, in front of 80 guests.  Trafuco 7 is a 795m3 capacity barge divided into six compartments that will transport Total Lubmarine’s oils


Mystik Lube Caters for Wider Marine Engine Range

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Houston-based supplier Mystik informs that its lubricants will now be available in a wider range of 4-cycle FC-W marine engine oil viscosity grades, including full synthetics 10W-30 and 10W-40 as well as the new synthetic blends 25W-40 and 25W-50.


LUKOIL Marine Debuts EAL Generation

Due to new U.S. regulations, almost all ships exceeding 24 meters in length which are operating in U.S. coastal waters are confronted with much stricter environmental protection requirements. The Vessel General Permit (VGP), in effect since December 19, 2013


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


Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative

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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


New Bunker Trader at Dynamic Oil

Jacky Yen

Dynamic Oil Trading, the global trading company for marine fuels and lubricants, has announced the appointment of Jacky Yen as a new bunker trader for its Singapore bunker trading team.   Educated at University College Dublin, Jacky Yen brings considerable experience of working with


Finding the Ideal Biodegradable Marine Lubricant

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US EPA Approved EALs: Anhydrous Water Soluble Polyalkylene Glycols (PAGs) In December 2013, the EPA through its Vessel General Permit (VGP) will introduce the mandatory use of “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants” or EALs. These products include the lubricating oils that are


Agip Rebrands as Eni Powers Ahead in North America

Gianfranco Mosconi

Agip has recently rebranded as Eni, while simultaneously announcing plans to increase penetration of its lubricant brands in North America across all industries. Gianfranco Mosconi (above) President and CEO of Eni USA R&M Co., shares the vision behind the strategy.


Are PAGS the Answer?

PAG’s; one and all: DOW’s UCON Trident PAG Hydraulic Lubricant (orange) and American Chemical Technology’s Trident Gear Lubricant (bright green shade yellow).

Ron van Wachem, President of Coast Lubricants and Nanaimo Shipyard Group, reasons that PAGS are the best solution to meet the new VGP requirements.   In December 2013, the EPA through its Vessel General Permit (VGP) will introduce the mandatory use of  “Environmentally Acceptable


EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) & You

Nothing stirs the maritime pot like new regulation, and coming soon to you (in less than a month) is the new iteration of the Vessel General Permit (VGP). The VGP applies to vessels operating in a capacity as a means of transportation, that have discharges incidental to their normal operations


Parker Kittiwake Extends Test Range

Parker Kittiwake, the global provider of asset control and protection technology, has launched its newly updated DIGI TBN test kit. The digital, used-oil analysis kit now gives a rapid indication of total base number (TBN) depletion in scrape down cylinder lubricants with a BN range up to 100.


New Lubricant Minimizes Risk of Cold Corrosion

Marine lubricant provider, Total Lubmarine today launched its latest product, TALUSIA UNIVERSAL 100. The lubricant is designed to reduce the risk of cold corrosion in Mark 8.1 and newer marine engines, as well as electronically controlled engines.


Castrol Cyltech CL 100 Targets Corrosion Control

Castrol Marine has announced it will launch Castrol Cyltech CL 100 ACC in May 2014. The Next Generation cylinder oil represents Castrol’s considered technical response to the corrosion issues that can arise in modern two stroke marine engines, especially when ships are slow steaming.


RSC Bio Solutions Certifies More HF Products for VGP 2013

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Products Join 100, 3000 Series Hydraulic Fluids and Safecare Cleaners as VGP Environmentally Acceptable Products that Deliver Technical Feasibility to Marine Industry. RSC Bio Solutions has announced  that its EnviroLogic 200 and 200 EP series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants


VGP-Compliant Stern Tube Lubricant

Water in oil lubricated systems is undesirable. In a perfect installation, there would be no seal damage or water ingress, but vessel owners encounter this all the time. Panolin's Stella Maris stern tube lubricant is based on 100% saturated synthetic ester technology with the most effective


A.W. Chesterton Expands Distribution Territory

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Valve Automation & Controls (VAC), a W&O company and provider of fluid control solutions to the industrial, water, wastewater and marine markets, announced the expansion of its distribution territory with Chesterton to include Los Angeles and San Diego


 
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