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July 2009 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
Leading international marine lubricants supplier Total
Lubmarine has developed a comprehensive range of
high-performance biodegradable products which will enable
companies in the shipping industry to significantly improve
their environmental footprint without compromising either
performance or safety.
After extensive testing over a period of years at its dedicated
research centre, Total Lubmarine is now able to offer a full range
of biodegradable products, comprising:
• Carter Bio, a high-gear performance lubricant;
• Biohydran TMP, a high-quality hydraulic lubricant; and
• Biomultis SEP 2, an extreme-pressure multipurpose grease.
Total Lubmarine is the only company able to offer such a
product range, which is not only biodegradable but also equal in
terms of its performance capabilities to a mineral-based oil product.
Patrick Havil, Marketing Manager of Lubmarine, says,
“Lubmarine has always been acutely aware of its responsibility to
protect the environment, and committed to developing the best
biodegradable marine lubricants on the market. These are now
available for use by the shipping industry.
“The commercial incentives to use such lubricants are now
greater than ever, and include the possibility of reduced fees for
‘green’ ships in certain ports, and the requirement on the part of
certain port authorities for ships to operate within the terms of a
zero spill policy.
“The moral obligations, meanwhile, are very persuasive. More
and more ship operators are becoming aware of the importance
of the environment and of the need to protect it. This
enlightened awareness is evident throughout all industries,
including shipping, where operators are increasingly concerned
about their environmental footprint within the terms of their
sustainable energy policies.
“It is simply not possible to guarantee a zero-risk of spillage
with regard to onboard operations. The potential for lubricant
leakage on board ship is high. It exists across so many traditional
shipping-related activities involving everything from engine
operation to thruster and stern-tube performance, from cranes to
winches to pumps. Such leaks can occur for a variety of reasons,
from mechanical failure to human error. So, since it is not
feasible to eliminate mechanical failure and human error
entirely, the only way to limit the harmful and damaging effect
of oil spillages at sea is to use biodegradable lubricants.
“More and more companies are keen to use biodegradable
lubricants because they are not toxic, like other products, but
those same companies are not ready to accept any compromise
in terms of performance. Manufacturing new biodegradable
lubricants which do not affect performance, however, is not a
straightforward undertaking. The main raw material used to
produce such products, base oil, has to be changed, and all the
properties introduced by mineral-based oils such as high
oxidation resistance and thermal stability are not present in the
chemical compounds found in biodegradable oil.
“This means that, for a biodegradable product to perform as
effectively and efficiently as a mineral oil-based product, its
formulation has to be completely redeveloped. Now, following
extensive testing over a period of years at its dedicated research
centre at Solaize in France, Total Lubmarine has now completed
that redevelopment to produce a range of high-performance
products eminently suitable for use in the shipping industry.”
Feedback from Lubmarine customers who have used the new
range of products has been extremely positive. For example,
Biomultis SEP 2 has proved to be very effective in terms of
meeting the strict regulations imposed by port authorities
within the terms of a “zero spill policy”. Biomultis SEP 2 is a
biodegradable grease which provides good grease lubrication of
related equipment, non-fluctuating operating temperature of
bearings, good pumpability, biodegradability, and product
One customer recently used Biomultis SEP 2 to lubricate the
cutter shaft bearing on a dredger working on a major project in a
port operating a zero-spill policy.
The customer was entirely satisfied with the product’s good
lubricating properties and, most importantly, with the fact that
the cutter-shaft bearing temperatures remained stable throughout
operations. Other equipment, such as the stud pole slideways
and the connection joint to the floating discharge line, can also
be lubricated with Biomultis SEP 2, one of the big advantages of
which is that the vessel’s hull and the area around the cutter
ladder remain clean, with the result that far less cleaning is
required to remove the used grease. None of these properties has
been found in competing products.
Lubmarine is the worldwide marine lubricants network of
oil major Total. As a key industry player, Total is committed
to achieving a level of excellence which meets its customers’
needs by providing the right product, in the right place, at the
right time, backed by first-class support and expertise. Total offers
a full range of marine lubricants developed by employing
cutting-edge research and development technology and
innovative products which guarantee engine safety and which
optimise long-term efficiency in terms of engine performance.
For further information contact:
Total Lubmarine, France.
Total Lubmarine develops biodegradable range for shipping
Welcome to the “green and easy” future of lubricants
Geislinger is known for its tuned torsional vibration dampers
commonly known as Geislinger Dampers. Just recently the
company increased its product portfolio with viscous type
dampers, which are sold under the name Vdamp.
As its first success, Geislinger was able to outfit different
four-stroke engine families and recently, Geislinger delivered the
damper for a two-stroke application for a Korean-built engine.
Due to professional project management, Geislinger reported
a total time of only 19 working days between contract signature
and delivery from its Salzburg headquarters. Because of
Geislinger’s own torsional vibration programs, it was also
possible to achieve the “go-ahead” from the engine manufacturer
and the class society DNV within the same time period.
Geislinger is confident to strengthen its position as a
supplier of torsional vibration solutions, even in rough seas,
and forecasts further projects based on its professional support,
quality and experience.
For further information contact:
Geislinger has delivered its largest viscous damper so far
A huge success for Geislinger – the Vdamp with a 1.6m outer diameter
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