Container shipping line United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and the Dubai-based marine lubricant specialist LUKOIL have signed a lubricant supply agreement covering vessels from UASC’s advanced newbuilding programme.
UASC is currently implementing one of the industry’s largest and most technologically advanced newbuilding programmes with 17 new vessels on order; six 18,800 TEU which are the greenest in the world, and 11 15,000 TEU containerships. LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has already supplied eight of the 17 container ships with advanced lubrication solutions.
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%.
June Manoharan, Managing Director of LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, said: “UASC is a strategic customer for us in Middle East and we are very proud to be the lubes suppliers for their modern fleet”. She also mentioned “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.”
The cutting-edge new vessels have been designed with a focus on cost efficiency and enhanced environmental friendliness. The outstanding environmental and efficiency credentials of UASC’s new buildings are firmly demonstrated through their performance, the LUKOIL Marine’s iCOlube will further support UASC’s environmental aspirations.
Carl Jansma, UASC Vice President, Global Procurement Services (GPS) commented on UASC’s Supply Agreement with Lukoil: “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. 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.”