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The lubricant supplier has published a 2020 position paper which explores the various compliance options and challenges facing ship operators; holds the first in a series of seminars aimed at addressing transitional issues associated with the upcoming sulphur regulation.

The position paper presents a range of Gulf Oil Marine’s engine lubricants which the company says gives ship operators the widest choice of products to suit their fleet regardless of the engine type, fuel type and sphere of operation. The paper also outlines Gulf Oil Marine’s plans to ensure a ‘smooth, hassle free and cost-effective’ transition.

A series of Transition Seminars under the heading ‘Gulf Clean ACT 2020’ began in Shanghai on 26 October. The seminars will cover 11 cities globally and are specifically designed for the customer base attending and introduces customers to Gulf Oil Marine’s individual vessel-by-vessel approach for the 2020 transition.

Gulf Oil Marine’s Shanghai customer base was introduced to a software platform which is expected to help customers document a ship specific implementation plan as specified in recent IMO guidelines. Building on the fuel transition elements of the ship specific implementation plan, Gulf Oil Marine has built a mirror lubricant transition plan and made it available on the same platform. The platform also serves vessels using the scrubber option for compliance to document changes required on the vessel.

Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies, Two Stroke Marine from MAN Energy Solutions, presented via video conference from Copenhagen and shared the OEM view of new regulations and new developments on MAN engines to address these regulations.

For its part, Gulf Oil Marine showcased its Cylinder Oil Blending Unit specifically aimed at customers opting for scrubbers. The unit is said to add a new dimension to cylinder oil optimisation and is aiming for significant cost savings on lubricant spend.

For customers opting for the fuel compliance option, Gulf Oil Marine showcased is gas sensor technology and Data to Information platform, running on its test ships, enabling real time measurement, reporting and control of fuel consumption. The development is aimed at substantial cost savings on fuel spend.

To view Gulf Oil Marine’s 2020 position paper, click here.

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