Partners to offer new energy and emissions compliance tool
Lube oil specialist Gulf Oil Marine has entered into a partnership with marine technology firm Azurtane to help customers monitor and manage their energy usage and emissions compliance with greater confidence.
The change in fuels resulting from the 2020 0.5% sulphur regulations has meant a step change in marine lubricant performance requirements. Gulf Oil Marine is at the forefront of meeting these demands, acknowledging that the tried and tested formulations that have been the mainstay of the industry for over 30 years will have to change.
The company has been evaluating and testing lubricants that can improve engine efficiency and lower emissions. Jack Craig Chief Operating Officer at Gulf Oil Marine, explained that “demonstrable measurements will give customers using the Gulf Oil Marine brand irrefutable proof of performance.”
He added, “through our on-going technology research & collaboration with Azurtane, we discovered potential solutions that can be very useful to our customers. There are systems out there that use ‘model data’ or ‘digital twins’. We believe there is no substitute for actual measurements. The philosophy we have adopted is ‘what you don’t measure, you don’t manage’. We convert measured values into management information as we believe that masses of data are simply no substitute for easy-to-understand, actionable advice.”
Early feedback from Azurtane’s on-board emission compliance installations has indicated that Masters and Chief Engineers take great comfort from observing measured exhaust gas information confirming compliance with fuel sulphur emissions regulations when operating in emission control areas.
Now that the fuel sulphur regulations have come into force from 1 January 2020, charterers and operators will begin to feel the pressure to reduce GHG emissions. Gulf Oil Marine and Azurtane are therefore offering the shipping industry and opportunity to measure, monitor and most critically, enhance energy efficiency.