Ramform PumpoverLubrication Specialists supplied the Ranform Sovereign with 275 drums (47,840 litres) of lubricants this weekend. The Ranform Sovereign is a third generation Ramform-class 3D seismic vessel. The ship, one of the largest and most advanced seismic vessels in the world, was built to participate in operations to discover oil and gas reserves.230 of the 275 drums supplied, were of the recently launched Mobilgard M420, which will replace older products due to the new low sulphur regulations. Vessels must use marine fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, compared to the current limit of 3.5%. Due to a tight schedule, the pump over had to be a non-stop operation. Each drum took an average of 2.5 minutes to pump. The entire operation took place from 08h00-23h00, including set up and break down and clean up.
Doing our bit for Rhino Conservation
Lubrication Specialists fulfilled its commitment of donating 10 x 20L pails of Mobil Delvac engine oil, worth N$10,250.00, to the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, last week. The oil should keep the Trusts’ patrol vehicle’s engines running for at least another year.
SRT does amazing work to save Namibia’s rhinos. It is estimated that if poaching continues at its current rate, rhinos could be extinct within the next decade.
Today there are fewer than 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild, and, with poaching sweeping across the continent, the critically endangered black rhinos’ last stand may be in north-western Namibia.
It is here that Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT) works tirelessly to protect the last, free-roaming population of black rhinos left in the world.
Covering an area of 25,000 sqkm, SRT’s trackers come from local communities and possess a deep knowledge of rhinos and their surroundings. Their skills are tested during long patrols, on foot on rough terrain in an area with no national park status, no fences, and no controls over who enters and exits.
On average each SRT team covers an astounding 2,319 km patrolling on foot per month. Since it’s peak in 2013, poaching in SRT’s area of operation has been reduced by 80%.
Ideal Networking Setting
Lubrication Specialists participated in the 2019 Mining Expo last week. As usual the expo draws mining clients and suppliers for networking purposes and innovation. Most of the mines were represented and a wide variety of mining service and product suppliers vied for the attention of the mining clients. The expo also featured discussions on the current state, challenges and future of the Namibian mining industry.
“The Mining Expo is always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with clients and create new connections with mining entities, stakeholders and suppliers alike. It is the ideal networking setting for this industry,” said Quintin Maritz, GM of LS. Apart from the engaging teams manning the stalls the freshly brewed coffee, competitions and vibrant vibe of the stalls drew quite a number of visitors.
This morning Lubrication Specialists held a special Business Breakfast for clients in the marine and industrial sectors. ExxonMobil’s Distributor Business Consultant for Marine Sales, Martin Kuivenhoven, gave an insightful presentation on the latest trends in the oil industry including the projected world economic shifts and its impact on shipping and lubricant production.
He also spoke about stricter international regulations regarding CO2 emissions in die marine industry, the latest environmentally friendly lubricant developments and basic oil usage and applications. The event also marked the introduction of Lubrication Specialists’ newly appointed GM, Quintin Maritz and ExxonMobil’s Distributor Business Adviser on the Marine Industry, Ricardo Lopes who will be working closely with Lubrication Specialists going forward.
Grease for Wind Turbine
A few months ago Lubrication Specialists was called on to provide lubricant solutions for the wind turbine project outside Luderitz. This 180 million dollar project was under pressure to complete the turbine and start generating power not only to prove the viability of wind generated power supply in the Luderitz area but also to supply electricity to one of the local communities. “We rushed down to Luderitz, did thorough research on the best lubricants, and I am proud to say the Exxon Mobil solutions we came up with for the wind turbine’s various heavy duty bearings and gear systems worked brilliantly,” said Garth Glenn-Spyron of LS.
According to Jimmy Shajengange (LS), this contract did not simply fall in their laps, but they had to convince the client of LS’ product quality and services. “We used all the data sheets and performance profiles to convince the customer of our quality products. We also went to great lengths to make sure lubricants were available on time. Getting the right lubricant for heavy duty gears, extreme weather and heat conditions is of cardinal importance,” Shajengange added. “The client was satisfied, and our lubes proved themselves. The take-away? Prompt response, understanding the client’s needs and knowing your product well.”
Mobil Supports Save the Rhino Trust
Lubrication Specialist donated a year’s supply of lubricants to the Save the Rhino Trust to use in their field vehicles. Garth Glen-Spyron and Jimmy Shanjengange visit the trust’s stall at the Erongo Expo in Walvis Bay to hand over the Mobil lubricants yesterday.
According to the CEO of the SRT, Simpson Uri-Khob the trust appreciates all the help that they can get in the fight against rhino poaching. Despite the horrific news reports of late, Uri-Khob said the number of rhino deaths at the hands of poachers have dropped significantly. “Two years ago we had 95 cases of rhinos being killed for their horns. Last year this figure dropped to about 60, and this year to date we’ve only had 27 rhino poaching incidents. This dramatic decrease in poaching has been due to the support from the private sector in supplying vehicles, donations and other equipment to improve our monitoring efforts. Another important factor has been the amazing support from the local communities and farmers, especially in the Erongo region. They have played a major role in alerting us of possible poachers in the area and in some cases even scaring off these criminals,” he said.
“We have about 2,000 rhinos left in Namibia and 96% of the world’s black Rhino population. We need to protect them at all costs, otherwise we will only have pictures to show our children one day. More community and private sector involvement as well as the laws for stiffer penalties and prison sentences are steps in the right direction. This donation goes a long way in our conservation efforts. Thank you Lubrication Specialist and Exxon Mobil; this gesture is great appreciated!” Uri-Khob added
According to Garth careful consideration was given to the type and grade of lubricants to used in heavy duty vehicles especially in rough terrain and harsh weather conditions. “There was quite some back and forth between us and Exxon Mobil to ensure that we provide the Rhino Trust with the correct and best suited lubricants for their vehicles. We opted for the Mobil Super 3000 and Mobil MX 15W40 products which are well suited for extreme heat, engines with high mileage and to improve fuel economy. We are delighted to have contributed in this small way to help fight the poaching of rhinos. Lubrications Specialists and Exxon Mobil is committed to the environment, hence the drive to promote the use of synthetic lubricants over mineral based ones.”
Red Bull Racing’s Official Fuel and Lubricant PartnerExxonMobil announced today that it will become the Red Bull Racing Formula 1™ team's official fuel, lubricant and motor oil partner in 2017. Under the agreement, ExxonMobil will supply Red Bull Racing with leading-edge Mobil 1™ lubricants and Synergy™ race fuels and provide engineering support to develop next-generation lubricants to improve race car engine and gearbox performance.
"Red Bull Racing provides a dynamic platform to showcase our advanced, high-performance lubricant and fuels technologies," said Matt Bergeron, vice president of marketing for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company.
"We are excited about building a relationship with Red Bull Racing's excellent young drivers who are establishing reputations as competitive racers and who will help showcase our brands to generations of consumers."
The Mobil 1 and Esso brands will be prominently displayed on Red Bull Racing race cars, driver overalls and helmets, as well as at the Red Bull Racing Factory in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, and trackside events.
Botswana Mining ExpoLubes Botswana attended its first mining expo in Botswana. Although the expo attracted quite a number of mining suppliers, only two major mines participated in the exhibit. Visitors to the show were also low, but Lubes managed to attract some interest as this was the first official introduction of the Mobil brand and products in the Botswana market.
According to the project coordinator, Daniel Hocutt, it was necessary to have a presence at the expo. "Other big market players also attended, and as a new business re-introducing the Mobil brand in Botswana, it is vital that we gain as much visibility as possible. We are looking forward to another expo (Electro Mining) next year, which is said to be bigger and better," he added.
New LS subsidiary in BotswanaLubrications Specialists opened the doors of its first subsidiary company in Gaborone, Botswana. Trading as Lubes Specialists, the company will be the main seller of the Mobil brand lubricants, oils, greases and hydraulic fluids to the automotive and industrial sectors of the country.
The General Manager of Lubrication Specialists, Anchen Jankowitz, described the step as an important milestone for the lubricants supply industry. “We are excited about opening a company in Botswana. Lubes Specialists is reintroducing the Mobil brand lubricants into the Botswana market, especially to the industrial and mining sectors that require reliable and superior quality lubricants. The opening of Lubes Specialists also signifies the strengthening of our relationship with Exxon Mobil, and our firm belief and support of the Mobil brand,” she said.
“Throughout Southern Africa, industries are feeling the pinch. Botswana is no different, from manufacturing, to mining, to the transport industry; purchasing decision makers are more cost conscious than ever. It’s in this environment that our team and the ExxonMobil product range excel. We save our customers money, by providing superior quality products that last longer and improve equipment an vehicle engine efficiency,” explained Jankowitz.
New General Manager appointedAnchen Jankowitz has been appointed as the General Manager for Lubrications Specialists. Jankowitz is an accountant by trade, having gained a B. Comt degree through Unisa. She completed her articles with Ernst and Young, before she joined the fishing group of companies, Namsov in 2006 to carry out costing.
"I was also involved in various costing and projects for the BidFish Group which includes processes for the UFE cannery, Tetelestai and the Pesca Fresca operations in Angola. There is a lot of dimensions to the work in the fishing industry, but I was drawn to new opportunities in Manica. Manica attracted me because of its diversity, not only in its service streams, the skills and the people, but also the culture," she said.
Lubrication Specialistrs is part of Manica Group Namibia, a group of diverse marine and freight logistics companies. "Manica remains a very dynamic and interesting business. In a service industry you need to work so much harder compared to selling products. This makes for a challenging and but more rewarding environment. Yes, there are more risks within logistics, and smaller companies that don't have the diverse service streams than Manica has, can't be compared," she said.
In her new role as general manager, Anchen will manage and direct the Lubrication Specialists activities as well as the bunkering company Monjasa. "It's a new challenge in vastly different field than logistics. I am super excited and yet filled with a little apprehension as lubricants and fuels have their own intricacies that I have to master. I'll be pouring myself into the operations and products of these divisions and also get to know the two teams better."
Exciting developments for Lub Spec
International energy and petroleum producer, ExxonMobil has signed a Lubricants Distributor Agreement with Lubrication Specialists, making the company an authorised distributor in Namibia for Mobil automotive, industrial and marine lubricants. The Lubricants distribution agreement was signed in Walvis Bay, earlier today, 9 December 2014, and comes into force on 1 January 2015.
The General Manager of Lubrication Specialists, Alwyn van der Merwe, described the new distributorship as an exciting chapter for the Namibian lubricants market. “Having distributed Mobil products for several years, we are well acquainted with ExxonMobil. We are very excited about this new distributorship agreement, as it means we will drive the growth of the Mobil brand in Namibia with robust and proven local presence coupled with the strong Mobil brand and a worldwide reputation of technology leadership and product performance.”
By appointing Lubrication Specialists as authorized distributor, this new deal aims to further strengthen the Mobil brand by providing more value to the Namibia market.
“We can deliver superior quality Mobil products to our customers as this new agreement enables Lubrications Specialists to work directly with ExxonMobil team. Customers will be able to access available stock in Namibia, at warehouses in Walvis Bay and Windhoek, in addition to receiving strong support from the ExxonMobil South African team located in Cape Town,” van der Merwe said.