Shell Marine has secured COSCO Shipping Lines’ largest marine lubricants order in 2017 for seven of its 10 new generation ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) with capacities of approximately 20,000 TEUs each.
The order will include the full range of marine lubricants and technical services for the ships, ordered in 2015 and due to be in service from 2018 to 2019.
Shell Marine has supplied marine lubricants and services to over 140 COSCO Shipping vessels since 2004.
COSCO Shipping is in the process of taking over Hong Kong-based ocean carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which today operates the largest container ships afloat.
Earlier this year, OOCL appointed Shell Marine to provide integrated marine solutions to serve its marine lubricants and services for OOCL Hong Kong, the 21,413 TEU capacity vessel which, on delivery claimed the accolade of world’s largest container ship.
Jan Toschka, Shell Marine Executive Director, said: “The quality of marine lubricants is critical for engine reliability; the application of the right technical services enable ship owners and operators to optimise their vessels’ total cost of ownership.
“In today’s highly competitive and challenging maritime sector, operational reliability and excellent account management have become table stakes and we in Shell Marine are stepping up to the plate.
“Securing this major contract for ships that play a leading role in delivering Chinese exports on the just-in-time basis required at this scale demonstrates owner preferences for proven lubricant performance, supported by a global logistics network and comprehensive technical services.”