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Infineum: Partnering for marine lubricant field trials deliver wins for shipping companies

Hellen da Silva explains how partnerships Infineum forms with global shipping companies to run extensive field trials needed to gain approvals from major OEMs provide real win-win opportunities for everyone involved.

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Infineum marine fuels additives receive performance recognition from Lloyd’s Register

International fuel additives company Infineum on Tuesday (5 March) published an article on its website, Insight, sharing on Infineum teaming up with globals shipping firms to run collaborative marine lubricant field trials to gain approvals from major OEMs before they can be sold to vessel owners and operators. 

The following is an excerpt from the full the article: 

In the marine world there are no industry-wide specifications for engine oils. This means marine lubricants must undergo formal validation trials to obtain approvals from the major OEMs before they can be sold to vessel owners and operators. Hellen da Silva, Infineum Field Test Team Leader, explains how the partnerships Infineum forms with global shipping companies to run the extensive field trials needed to gain these approvals provide real win-win opportunities for everyone involved.

Obtaining an OEM approval (known as a ‘Main No-objection Letter’ or NOL) for a marine lubricant is a long and fairly complex process. Without this endorsement, suppliers are unable to sell their marine lubricant products to vessel owners or operators. Part of the validation is carried out, following OEM protocols and under OEM scrutiny, in vessels operating at sea, which brings added reassurance of product quality and reliability to end users. The challenge here is finding sufficient partners, running ships with an engine that meets the OEM requirements, who are prepared to run field trials with a test oil.

There are many reasons Infineum needs to run a lubricant validation programme on its marine additives for diesel cylinder lubricants (MDCL), trunk piston engine oils (TPEO) and system oil formulations. It may be necessary for example to:

  • Gain approval for a new base oil in an existing or new formulation.
  • Extend an approval on an existing or new formulation for new lubricant oil marketer.
  • Assist lubricant oil marketers with bespoke formulation approvals.
  • Validate the latest advances in marine lubrication technology.

As OEM engine hardware, operating patterns and fuel types continue to change, it becomes increasingly important to develop lubricant solutions that meet current standards and are also adaptable to meet future demands. This necessity highlights the importance of creating new partnerships with engine owners and operators to ensure our products are tested under real-world conditions that reflect both current and emerging engine technologies. But, to run an effective field trial, we need to find partners who can give us access to the right engine, running on the right fuel that is operating over sufficient distances. Through such forward-thinking collaborations, we aim to make sure our lubricants excel in a rapidly changing technological environment, secure their relevance and performance for the long term, and to ensure safe and reliable operation.

Benefits of collaborative field trials

Our previous collaborations with shippers have been long-standing, mutually beneficial and very positive experiences. The knowledge accumulated from running trials over the past several decades has enabled us to understand from our partners the benefits that they can gain from partnering on these validation testing programmes.

Probably the most obvious is that the oil for the entire duration of the trial is provided free of charge. With field trials lasting many months, or even longer, this can result in significant cost savings for the operator.

Because the trial is overseen by the engine manufacturer, the crew and Superintendent receive inspection information from OEM experts at the start and end of test unit overhauls. This means that the crew and management can benefit from direct expertise, and engines can be operated at optimal efficiency and reliability throughout the trial. In addition, regular analyses of used lube oil and fuel are carried out throughout the trial. With dedicated Infineum marine lubricant experts and qualified marine engineers monitoring the project, insights into the oil and engine performance are also available. Infineum’s experts are dedicated to working closely with our partners which enhances the collective understanding of lubricant performance. We have found that a high performing oil can increase the lifetime of components, which can contribute to considerable long-term cost savings.

Note: The full article by Infineum can be found here.

 

Photo credit: Infineum
Published: 7 March 2024

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Infineum releases Sustainability Report 2023 outlining its sustainability progress

Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and looks forward to the next 25 years of progress towards its net zero ambition by 2050, says CEO.

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Press release Infineum remains focused on our purpose to become a sustainable world class specialty chemicals company

Infineum, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in the UK, on Thursday (13 June) released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, reinforcing its purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Aligned with the company’s strategic plan to achieve its vision and purpose, Infineum announces:

Publication of its Sustainability Report 2023 (Sustainability.Infineum.com), which outlines the efforts and progress that the company has achieved through the year, including:

  • Championing of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) throughout the organisation
  • Achievement of 28% of colleagues volunteering, surpassing its 2025 target of 25%
  • Increased share of relevant supplier spends covered by sustainability assessments to 62%

Launch of revamped corporate website (www.Infineum.com) to better represent Infineum as a specialty chemicals company, showcasing Infineum’s existing capabilities, as well as diversification in the new markets

The joint venture, formed in 1999 between Shell and Exxon Mobil, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recently shared its restructure strategy to two business units, Sustainable Transportation and Energy Applications.

“As Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and we look forward to the next 25 years of progress towards our net zero ambition by 2050, I am pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report,” says Infineum CEO Aldo Govi.

“This is a journey and we have made excellent progress, but improvement will not always be linear, especially when set against the backdrop of a challenging external environment, but our purpose of creating a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, continues to drive us forward.

“We remain focused on our vision to become a sustainable world-class specialty chemicals company. Sustainability was at the core of reshaping Infineum to better enable us to contribute to sustainable mobility and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

 

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Published: 13 June 2024

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Infineum marine fuels additives receive performance recognition from LR

LR assessment involved lab testing and a field trial, which resulted in an Additive Performance Certificate and Statement of Fact.

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Infineum marine fuels additives receive performance recognition from Lloyd’s Register

International fuel additives company Infineum on Monday (4 March) said it has independently tested and verified their marine fuels products' claims with Lloyd's Register (LR). 

The LR assessment involved lab testing and a field trial, which resulted in an Additive Performance Certificate and Statement of Fact.

The range of marine fuels additives cover lubricity and combustion improvers, as well as wax and sludge management products.

“All these products have been proven to enhance onboard operability, making them effective solutions for ship operators to reduce potential issues and optimise fleet performance,” the firm said in a statement.

“The recognition from Lloyd's Register is a clear attestation of the scientific approach taken to product development, which maximises value for customers.”

Users can expect, on average:

  • Over 40% reduction in sludge, resulting in less time spent on purifier and fuel system maintenance (measured by TSP)
  • Over 30% reduction in pump and injector wear, resulting in extended lifetime of parts (measured by HFRR)
  • Improvement of 7.5oC and 13oC in filter blocking and fuel solidification, ensuring fuel operability at lower temperatures (measured by CFPP/PP)
  • Over 10% saving in carbon monoxide emissions, on top of NOx and fuel consumption savings which enable cost negative environmental improvements (measured via onboard field trial)

Masayuki Yamanaka, Marine Venture Manager at Infineum, said: “Our fuel additives are designed to enhance the performance and efficiency of conventional fuels, reducing emissions and fuel consumption for the shipping industry.”

“We are proud of our products and the benefits they bring to our customers and the environment, but we are not complacent.”

“We are also investing in R&D to explore the potential of future fuels, such as biofuels, methanol and ammonia, that can help shipping decarbonise even further. We believe that innovation is the key to a sustainable future for the maritime sector.”

 

Photo credit: Infineum
Published: 5 March 2024

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Bunker One embarks on six-month fuel additive trial across multiple vessels

Development comes following a successful trial of Purify Fuel’s nanO2 catalyst on “M/T Alsia Swan” in early 2023, where fuel savings of 6.4% with MGO and 5.9% with VLSFO were achieved.

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Bunker One embarks on six-month fuel additive trial across multiple vessels

Bunker One on Tuesday (14 November) said it has entered a Joint Supply and Marketing Agreement (JSMA) with Purify Fuel, providing Bunker One with exclusive rights to promote and sell Purify Fuel's pioneering nanO2 fuel combustion catalyst to the shipping segment. 

This strategic alliance is designed to bolster the cooperation between Bunker One and Purify Fuel, focusing on supplying and promoting nanO2 to Bunker One's customers.

Following a successful trial of the nanO2 catalyst on the M/T Alsia Swan in early 2023, where notable fuel savings of 6.4% with MGO and 5.9% with VLSFO were achieved, Bunker One is embarking on a further six-month trial across multiple vessels. Should this trial yield substantial reductions, Bunker One aims to solidify its commitment by entering into a contract with Purify Fuel.

Bunker One said it is dedicated to supporting the decarbonisation of the shipping industry and the intention is to initiate the deployment of the technology globally.

In facilitating this collaborative venture, Purify Fuel's independent sales agent, Inerfuel LLC, has supported Purify Fuel's nanO2 marketing and distribution efforts. 

Bunker One added the successful completion of the JSMA underscores the shared commitment to driving industry-wide advancements in eco-friendly shipping solutions.

Peter Zachariassen, CEO of Bunker One, said: "The significant fuel savings observed on M/T Alsia Swan were truly impressive. NanO2 could be a pivotal facilitator for shipping lines transitioning to sustainable fuel and a key contributor to meeting the IMO's carbon targets."

Scott Whitney, President / CEO of Purify Fuel, said: “Bunker One is the global leader in the marine bunker industry. We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with them to help the marine shipping industry decarbonise as we are currently doing for other industries, including railroads and the oil and gas drilling sector”.

Stephen Schueler, Chairman of Inerfuel, said: “We are very proud of our partnerships with Purify Fuel and Bunker One. NanO2 is a significant fuel discovery enabling industries to immediately and economically reduce carbon emissions while transitioning to greener and cleaner fuels”.

This ongoing trial and the prospective long-term partnership between Bunker One and Purify Fuel underscore a collective commitment to pioneering sustainable and efficient solutions for the shipping industry.

Photo credit: Bunker One
Published: 16 November, 2023

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