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OW Bunker launches global marine lubricants division

The Marine Lubricants Division will be headquartered in Piraeus OW Bunker, one of the world's leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, yesterday announced the launching of a new global Marine Lubricants Division. The company has started cooperation with leading brands in Marine Lubricants to provide a full range of lubricant grades to customers, and will look to target further sales to specific target prospects on a worldwide basis. The Marine Lubricants Division will be headquartered in Piraeus, and lead by Stathis Grafakos, who has years of experience in the lubricants business.Further offices will be rolled out on a global basis over the coming months. The company will provide a full range of quality marine lubricant grades in cooperation with leading brands in Marine Lubricants, including products for main engines as well as synthetic products for special on board applications. OW Bunker will use its technical expertise to provide customers with a complete lubricants solution, focusing on reducing the total cost of lubricant spend, and focusing on providing customers with the right quantity and quality of product to ensure that unscheduled downtime is minimised.The company will also provide an advanced after sales support service mainly through an Oil Analysis Programme, ...

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Castrol Calls for Clarity on Polar Lubricants Usage

Polar shipping movements increase As Polar shipping movements increase, Castrol Marine suggests that greater attention should be paid to the environmental credentials of lubricants used on board in applications where there is a risk of leakages and discharges.Growing demand for effective shipping routes and cruises to previously inaccessible destinations has led vessels into increasingly sensitive marine areas.Exemplary is the increasing amount of seaborne traffic beginning to move along the Siberian coast. There are also hopes of opening up more of the North West Passage above Canada.The Northern Sea Route voyage is one-third of the distance of traditional routes through the Suez Canal, bringing with it lower fuel costs. Nordic Barents operator Nordic Bulk Carriers was recently reported as claiming that an Arctic voyage to Asia would save the company $180,000 in fuel costs over the equivalent journey via the Suez Canal.Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest nickel producer, carried ore to China and South Korea by the eastern part of the Arctic route last year. Two tankers owned by Murmansk Shipping loaded with petroleum recently moved through the ice-thinned passage from Murmansk to Chukotka in the Russian Far East. Again, Sovcomflot has also taken one of its 70,000dwt tankers from Russia ...

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