UASC and LUKOIL seal newbuild deal
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and the Dubai-based marine lubricant specialist LUKOIL have signed an agreement for the supply of advanced lubrication solutions for vessels in UASC’s advanced newbuilding programme.
UASC’s newbuilding program is one of the industry’s largest and most technologically advanced with seventeen new vessels on order; six 18,800-teu vessels, which are the greenest in the world, and eleven 15,000-teu containerships.
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has already supplied eight of the 17 container ships with advanced lubrication solutions, according to a statement from the company.
LUKOIL Marine will equip UASC’s vessels with iCOlube, an ‘intelligent cylinder oil lubrication’ unit optimising both the performance and overall efficiency of vessel engines. iCOlube offers environmental benefits such as reductions of CO2 equivalent by up to 13%, says LUKOIL.
“UASC is a strategic customer for us in Middle East and we are very proud to be the lubes suppliers for their modern fleet,” said June Manoharan, managing director of LUKOIL Marine Lubricants.
“The first two iCOlube units will be installed in October and November on the vessels Al Zubara and Al Dhail and we are confident they will deliver significant savings and optimal engine condition,” she added.
The new vessels have been designed with a focus on cost efficiency and enhanced environmental friendliness and LUKOIL Marine’s iCOlube is intended to further support UASC’s environmental aspirations.
“UASC remains focused on building a premium strategic supply base by stringently selecting high performing suppliers and services providers who can adapt to our processes, support our goals and have the right approach to be shapers of the maritime industry,” explains Carl Jansma, UASC vice president, Global Procurement Services (GPS).
“LUKOIL continues to be a provider with global experience, technical product expertise and strong customer service & supply capability, which will ensure our vessel requirements are well catered for under this agreement,” he added.