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TotalEnergies: How market demands are driving marine lubricant evolution

Ship owners and operators are going to have to make strategic fuel choices which will impact key components of the shipping industry including bunker fuel suppliers and bunkering operation.




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Stuart Fuller, Market Liaison & Product Manager for Engine Oils in the Marine & Power division of TotalEnergies, recently spoke at the Nor-Shipping conference, providing insights and thoughts on the key drivers shaping the evolution of marine lubrication. 

In this article, Fuller captured some of the main points he shared with the audience of maritime professionals in Oslo:

The shipping industry faces a dual challenge - more energy, with fewer emissions. It is a key target that we are working on tirelessly at TotalEnergies, with our customers, stakeholders and our partners.

How we are Supporting the Shipping Industry’s Decarbonization Journey

Tackling our responsibilities head on, TotalEnergies has joined forces with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as a strategic partner, working with other industry partners to examine innovative technologies and what’s needed to build the infrastructure to support those technologies. We have so far committed 3 full time colleagues that are seconded to the project as well as enlisting the support of a further 12 colleagues on a part time basis.

TotalEnergies also actively participates in many other industry organizations working to improve combatting Climate Change, such as IMO, ISO, SEA/LNG, SGMF, Ammonia Energy Association, CIMAC and more, all with a shared goal of moving shipping into a carbon-free transport.

 The Market Drivers – Life After IMO2020

Post IMO2020, a number of drivers have been shaping the industry namely:

  • Technology - new engine design (increased temperatures/pressures), Exhaust gas after treatment, Scrubbers, EGR / SCR
  • Regulatory - SOX, NOX, ECA's, CO2...
  • Fuels - Hight/Low Sulfur Fuels, LNG, Biofuels

Future Fuels - Navigating Complexity

Currently the shipping industry is firmly focussed on the directions that the future fuels market is likely to take. Decarbonisation of transport will rely on massive investment in sustainable liquid fuels along with Biofuels, supplemented by e-fuels after 2030.

The predicted take up of H2 based e-fuels (including e-methanol and e-ammonia) is expected to take place between 2030 & 2050 and will be significant. It is also anticipated that LNG will remain in the mix but not significantly above the post 2030 volumes.

So, we are undoubtedly heading towards a more complex market with multiple fuel solutions making up the landscape.

And with 2050 just one ship life away, ship owners and operators are going to have to make strategic fuel choices which will impact the key components of the shipping industry including engine manufacturers, fuel suppliers, bunkering operations, global port developments and of course lubrication development.

Note: Read more on Fuller's insight in his full report titled ‘Shaping the Future of Marine Lubrication - How Market Demands are Driving Marine Lubricant Evolution’ here.

Photo credit: TotalEnergies
Published: 27 October, 2023

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Singapore: Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants Pte Ltd to be wound up voluntarily

A liquidator was appointed for the company for the purpose of winding-up affairs of the company, according to a notice released on Government Gazette.





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A notice was published on Monday (1 July) on the Government Gazette to inform the passing of several resolutions for Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants Pte Ltd on 21 June.

The resolutions set out below were duly passed:

Special Resolution

  1. THAT the Company be wound up voluntarily.
  2. THAT Bakulin Dmitriy Aleksandrovich, care of 50 South Bridge Road, #03-00, Singapore 058682, be and is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of such winding-up.
  3. THAT the Liquidator be empowered to exercise the powers set out in article 23 of the Constitution of the Company, with the sanction of a special resolution of the Company. 

 Sole Member: GPN-Operational Management Limited Liability Company

In 2019, Manifold Times reported Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants starting to produce high-tech marine oils at a production facility in Singapore.

Localising lubricants production under the Gazpromneft Ocean brand at the AP Oil partner facility reportedly would cut delivery times for Gazprom Neft products to the Port of Singapore by up to two days, and to ports in Malaysia by up to four days.

Related: Gazprom Neft starts lubricants production from Singapore blending plant


Photo credit: Drew Beamer
Published: 2 July, 2024

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Gulf Marine expands Singapore fleet to meet customer demand for marine lubricant delivery

Fleet expansion, involving two marine barges and a supply vessel, will enable firm to serve a wider range of clients and also address increasing customer demand for marine lubricant delivery in Singapore.





Gulf Marine expands Singapore fleet to meet demand for marine lubricant delivery

Singapore-based marine lubricant supplier Gulf Marine on Thursday (16 April) announced the expansion of its Singapore fleet with the addition of two marine barges and a supply vessel.

The fleet expansion will enable the company to serve a wider range of clients and also address the increasing customer demand for lubricant delivery in Singapore. 

Gulf Marine expands Singapore fleet to meet demand for marine lubricant delivery

It also marked the beginning of its global fleet expansion programme, with plans to progressively expand fleets in other key ports worldwide over the next six to 12 months.

“Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction drives us to continuously enhance our services,” said Vicky Lew, Regional Operations Manager.

“The addition of these three new vessel enables us to better support our clients with timely and reliable delivery of marine lubricants, ensuring their vessels remain operational and efficient.”


Photo credit: Gulf Marine
Published: 20 May 2024

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Castrol Marine: Lubricants and engine health must not be overlooked as alternative bunker fuels emerge

Without the proper lubricant, alternative marine fuels may only be a partial component in efficient and safe vessel operations, says Gianluca Marucci, Castrol Global Marine and Energy Technical Services Director.





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Gianluca Marucci, Castrol Global Marine and Energy Technical Services Director, shared an article with Singapore-based bunkering publication Manifold Times to remind the shipping industry that proper lubricants must not forgotten as alternative bunker fuels become the main area of focus in maritime decarbonisation: 

As the maritime industry looks to decarbonise its operations, alternative fuels have become the focus. Yet, there is a risk of overlooking one aspect that will be important to the utilisation of alternative fuels: the lubricant. Without the proper lubricant, alternative fuels may only be a partial component in efficient and safe vessel operations. And, if we want to ensure a safe, efficient, and lower-carbon shipping industry, we need to consider starting with the right lubricant.

The importance of lubricants in maritime decarbonisation

When things go wrong in an engine, they can go very wrong. From issues with critical machinery to overheating, the list of reasons for engine failures is long. One crucial aspect to consider for detecting issues with engine health is the lubricant used in the engine. Any flaw in the lubrication can be fatal. In fact, lubrication failure has consistently been the number one cause of engine failure for many years, and it is an expensive thing to get wrong, with the average claim cost for a lubrication failure being in the region of $560,000.  

In the past, the performance of a cylinder oil was largely based on its base number (BN). Now, as the industry explores different fuel types with new attributes and qualities required by engine fluids, choosing the right lubricant has become considerably more difficult. The wrong lubricant with the wrong fuel could cause significant engine damage that could result in downtime, loss of earnings, repair costs as well as risking the lives of seafarers. 

Therefore, the introduction of alternative fuels means that lubricant suppliers and OEMs must work together to ensure they have the right formulation to avoid any potential disruption to engine health. An example of this is Castrol’s close collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) on our Cyltech 40 XDC cylinder oil, which can be used for ships operating on LNG and methanol, as well as conventional fuels. 

With changing regulations, engines becoming more complex, and alternative fuels becoming a reality, marine lubricants will play an important role in the shipping industry’s decarbonisation journey.  Shipowners and operators will need to leverage the most out of their lubricant to overcome the complexities with the utilisation of alternative fuels to ensure crew safety, engine health, and vessel emissions.

Monitoring matters

As the marine industry continues to evolve, monitoring of lubricant performance will only grow in importance. 

On an ongoing basis, it is crucial that operators use tools such as used-oil analysis data, test kits and expert condition monitoring advice to look out for any issues. With deep knowledge of lubricant and equipment interaction necessary, shipowners need collaborations to keep their operations in sync with the latest OEM recommendations and environmental legislation.

Meanwhile, the substantial human expertise and know-how to assess and underpin these activities will continue to be key. The most efficient and effective solution to an engine issue is to speak to an expert who can interpret the data provided, wherever they are in the world. At the end of the day, marine engines are valuable, yet vulnerable assets and the expertise and experience of the Castrol team can be invaluable in supporting reliable and safe operations.

Condition monitoring technology has evolved significantly to incorporate digital solutions to support human intelligence. Meanwhile, real time smart monitor analysis, can identify issues early, helping owners and operators to make informed decisions. With easy access to the necessary information for an accurate real-time picture of the system's state, lubricant suppliers can make use of digital tools and human expertise, to advise operators in advance when issues arise. The operators may then be able to take preventive action before any major  damage occurs.

Waiting is not an option

As the marine industry continues to evolve, it is necessary for lubricant providers to continue to step up and offer end-to-end solutions. Cutting-edge technology, combined with industry expertise and real-world experience, will enable lubricant suppliers to support the marine industry much more effectively.


Photo credit: Castrol Marine
Published: 25 March 2024

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