Volume 2 Issue 23

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

The U.S. market is coping better with the mayhem caused by falling feedstock and commodity prices than other areas such as Europe and Asia. Asia in particular has experienced a very slow week, but this may also be partly due to holidays in the region.-by Adrian Brown

New Guide on EALs to be Balloted

A new ASTM International guide developed to help the marine industry determine whether a lubricant is environmentally acceptable will begin the first round of balloting next month, according to industry officials.

Calumet Sells Biosynthetic Technologies Stake

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. sold its year-old investment in Biosynthetic Technologies in March, according to Calumets first quarter earnings report. Biosynthetic Technologies is a startup that converts plant oils into synthetic base stocks using proprietary technology.

Gauging Lube Impacts of New Marine Fuels

Seventy-two percent of vessels are projected to use very-low-sulfur fuel oil after the International Maritime Organizations IMO 2020 regulation goes into effect next year, a marine lubricant supplier said recently, and the shipping industrys shortage of experience using such fuels increases the level of uncertainty about implications for marine lubricants.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Colombia-based Terpel announced that the full Mobil lubricants portfolio for the marine segment is available at all authorized ports in Colombia. Tampa, Florida-based lubricants manufacturer Amalie Oil Co.completed its acquisition of Lubricating Specialties Co., which has three production facilities in the Los Angeles area.