Another Successful Year at SMM

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Another successful year at SMM Hamburg, the world leading trade fair for maritime innovation, with a record number of leads for Vickers Oils.

SMM Hamburg is an important event for Vickers Oils to build our network, strengthen relationships and exchange industry knowledge. Around 50,000 visitors from more than 120 countries attended the trade fair last week and a total of 2,289 exhibitors occupied thirteen halls covering a total of 93,000m2.

Peter Vickers commented, “SMM 2018 was an excellent event and saw a record number of beneficial contacts and potential leads to the stand. It was nice to see such an emphasis on environmental awareness this year with green technology taking centre stage.”

Once again, Vickers Oils occupied an excellent position at the event, in the UK Pavilion, which helped with footfall and visibility. The stand improvements from previous years proved beneficial, providing an open and inviting space for visitors to approach and positioning Vickers Oils as industry leaders.

A special thanks to all who attended for their hard work and long hours at a very busy show.


Peter Vickers with our Greek agent, Alex

Vickers Oils exhibition stand at SMM 2018

The walk up to SMM Hamburg Messe 2018

Hall A1 at SMM 2018



Vickers Oils – ABS EAL report summary

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ABS joint development project with Vickers Oils and Imperial College London examines the application of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in stern tube bearing installations

ABS, a leading provider of class and technical services to the marine and offshore industries has conducted a study in conjunction with Vickers Oils and Imperial College London into Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL).

The study evaluated the properties of EALs used to lubricate stern-tube bearings, against mineral oil-based lubricants, following a spike in the number of failures reported in 2014 soon after the 2013 Vessel General Permit amendment which stipulated that EALs must replace mineral based lubricants.

The findings of the report concluded that there was no evidence that EAL’s were responsible for the failures of stern tube bearings, or that the use of mineral oils would have prevented those failures. The report identified the key properties that should be considered in the selection of EALs, which highlighted the importance of viscosity. ABS stressed the importance of good shaft alignment in single sterntube bearing installations, in light of the trend towards larger, heavier propellers operating at lower RPM.

To read a more detailed article, please click here to read the full report in Marine News magazine

Vickers Oils at SMM 2018

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Vickers Oils are very excited to be once again exhibiting at the SMM maritime exhibition this year in Hamburg from 4 – 7 September. SMM is the world number one trade fair for the maritime industry where leaders and experts from the various sectors gather to showcase maritime innovation and technology in a unique environment. Expected to attract 50,000 visitors from all over the world, SMM will see a record-breaking number of visitors this year.

Cost efficiency improvements and handling the current and future environmental requirements are some of the major challenges facing the shipping industry today.  Vickers Oils, as industry leaders, have significant experience in these areas.  We will be thrilled to discuss these matters with you and present the innovative solutions we have to offer to help meet these challenges.

We look forward to building our network, sharing ideas and exchanging industry knowledge with new and familiar faces. Come and speak to us at our usual location in Hall B1, stand 300.

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Vickers Oils at Posidonia 2018

Vickers Oils at Posidonia 2018

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Vickers Oils once again participated at Posidonia in Athens. This picture of our stand was taken just before the opening on the first day and as you can see, reflects the pride that we have in our brand, which has served our customers for over 100 years. This is a major event in our calendar, and we thank all of the visitors who took the time to visit us at Posidonia, and we look forward to seeing you all at SMM in September.

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As the leading supplier of EALs to the global marine industry, Vickers Oils supply many of the worlds largest shipping companies. We are obviously proud to do so and work hard to ensure that they receive the right products, in the right place, at the right time.

But, we also endeavour to ensure that even our smallest customers receive the same levels of advice and service. One such example occurred in the last few weeks, when we were contacted by a US Fishing company via our website enquiry facility. We did not know the company concerned, but one of their vessels had reported leaking from the stern tube, whilst operating in the Arctic Circle and being aware of the benefits that our HYDROX range of lubricants offer in helping to mitigate such problems, they contacted us for help. They were also working against a very tight deadline to arrange the dispatch of the products to their vessel.  Even allowing for the time difference between the USA and the UK, we were able to advise the customer of the correct product to use and arrange the transfer of HYDROX from our stores in the US, to their head office in time for urgent despatch to the vessel, within a few hours of receiving the request.

The customer was very grateful and some five days after the supply, contacted us with thanks for responding to their request for help so quickly, and even added that reports from the vessel Chief Engineer confirmed that the HYDROX  was actually performing better than expected, even in the arduous conditions the vessel was operating in.

Many lubricant companies will often claim that they provide the same levels of service to customers, no matter the size of the company. To us at Vickers, it is more than just a claim, it is what we as a company have done for over a hundred and twenty five years, and the example above is a testimony to that commitment to our customers, and why we are the supplier they trust.

Preventative maintenance the key to reducing operating costs

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For over 100 years, Vickers Oils have led the way in developing specialist lubricants for the Marine industry. In addition to providing the most technologically advanced lubricants to our customers, we have always taken great care to provide the support and advice needed so that they can maximise the benefits our products can offer.

 We work closely with our customers to help them select the appropriate, approved product for each application, and always encourage them to adopt preventative maintenance practices by using our lubricant Condition Monitoring Service. Our CMS, provides a comprehensive database of results, drawn from over a decade of EAL analysis, and  allows us to expertly interpret the lubricant’s performance in the vessel. The key feature of our service is that the resultant reports offer judgements on machinery health and not just lubricant condition. These judgements state, where appropriate, that the machinery is suitable for further service and does not require remedial action.

Therefore, it was with interest that we saw a recent article in the Marine Propulsion magazine which highlighted the consequences of mechanical failure due to lack of correct preventative maintenance. Riviera Maritime have kindly given us permission to publish a link to the article, which we trust you find informative. Please click on the link below to access the article.

MP – Facing the fact s of crane failure

Vickers to exhibit at Marintec China 2017

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Vickers will again be participating at Marintec China. Held from the 5th-8th December 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, the exhibition aims to serve as a leading platform for the maritime industry.

We will be exhibiting with our agents in China, Dicksons, and will be located at stand N3 K05. If you are attending the exhibition, please come and see us, and we look forward to meeting old friends and those of you seeking more information about our products and services.

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Vickers enjoy a successful Europort 2017

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Vickers exhibited for the first time at the recent EUROPORT exhibition, held at the Rotterdam Ahoy from the 5th – 8th November. Europort 2017, focussed on special purpose ships, including offshore, dredging, construction, naval, workboats, inland, and fishing vessels.

The exhibition attracted 1100 exhibitors from 45 countries and over 26000 visitors from 93 countries. Vickers shared the stand with our Belgian agent, Armador, who were especially interested in the European Inland Waterways market. Our stand attracted a number of visitors and overall we were pleased with our participation.

From left to right: Harry John Rowan, Paul Smailes and Jan Horemans (Owner of Armador)