Delays during the loading and unloading of ships cost port operators lots of money and require extensive additional planning. Nevertheless, downtime is an everyday occurrence as port facilities are exposed to extreme conditions: Seawater, rain and high humidity accelerate the corrosion of port facilities and harbour cranes, while cables, winches and gears are exposed to strong forces from wind, waves and tides. Extremely high reliability is required in this situation. Every outage leads to complicated rescheduling and incurs high costs. Klüber Lubrication therefore develops specialty lubricants precisely matched to the demands of ports and locks. They improve performance and efficiency, contribute to safety, and improve sustainability thanks to stringent environmental standards. So make sure to maximise the reliability of your machines and avoid unplanned downtime by using our high-performance lubricants.

Many different lube points, a single point to contact

A comprehensive range of specialty lubricants for application at many lubrication points in the maritime industry – from the lubrication of cables, bearings and hydraulic systems to container lashings and compressors, as well as gears and winches on cranes and locks. We supply you everything from a single source - another factor saving you valuable time.

Green Port: Time for a retrofit

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One of the biggest current challenges in the marine industry is the transition to more environmental protection and sustainability. Boosting efficiency plays a key role in this. Specialty lubricants reduce friction in moving parts much more than standard lubricants, increasing marine energy efficiency. They thus contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and help port operators on the way to Green Port. Long maintenance intervals and economical use lead to less waste and a better environmental scorecard. Low lubricant consumption also reduces operating costs over the entire life cycle.

Klüber Lubrication collaborates with the maritime industry on solutions for environmentally friendly shipping and a corresponding port infrastructure. We help port operators to establish a sustainable supply chain that complies with their Green Port activities. Our specialty lubricants are biodegradable, non-toxic and not bioaccumulative. To protect animals and people, they do not deposit in the tissue of fish and other marine organisms.

Klüberbio lubricants conform to the stringent Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for use in US territorial waters, meaning they are classified as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). Klüber Lubrication had corresponding quality approvals, such as conformance with the OSPAR guidelines and the EU Ecolabel for lubricants, even before VGP came into force.

Why performance and sustainability do not have to be mutually exclusive - lubricants in the port industry

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Ben Bryant and Warren Emmons from Klüber Lubrication know the challenges facing port operators from their many years of experience in this industry. In the podcast, they talk about the importance of lubricants for port facilities, the major goal of Green Port and why performance and sustainability do not have to be mutually exclusive.

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Safety in use and for users

Safety in use and for users

Maintenance at great height, as well as wet and slippery surfaces, create hazards for work on port facilities, loading cranes and ship locks. Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication help reduce risks. They feature high adhesion and do not drip even when exposed to high temperatures, rain and salt water. Long lubricant life and durability prolong maintenance intervals, reducing the deployment of maintenance personnel and the risk of accidents. Maximum reliability means minimum risk – under every aspect.

At a glance: specialty lubricants for ports, cranes and locks

  • High system availability and long maintenance intervals: Our specialty lubricants provide long-lasting protection against corrosion and wear, boost efficiency and increase reliability.
  • Clean solutions for the protection of oceans, waterways and the environment: We have been developing environmentally friendly specialty lubricants since 2006. As a result, we have the largest portfolio of EALs certified by independent environmental labels.
  • More workplace safety: Adhesive non-dripping lubricants reduce the risk of occupational accidents.
  • Proven quality available worldwide: Klüber Lubrication specialty lubricants are approved by leading OEMs.

Solutions for your cranes and port facilities.

  • Webinar on-demand: Achieve your sustainabiltiy goals with specialty lubricants.

    Would you like to learn more about the topics explained in the podcast? You would like to find out what kind of difference specialty lubricants can do and how they make facilities more reliable, efficient or even environmentally friendly? Dirk Fabry, part of our Global Business Team Marine, gives you more insights referring to applications and concrete examples.

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Klüber Lubrication stands for extremely high quality, reliability and innovation. We are your competent development partner for all aspects of specialty lubricants for the marine industry – available worldwide with consistently excellent quality.

Are you looking for exactly the right lubricant for your application area? Do you have questions, or do you need advice on a special solution? We are here to help you – talk with our experts about your project! Our motto is: Moving ahead together.

  • Lifting your efficiency - zero compromising on sustainability and performance. Specialty lubricants for port and terminal applications.

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Specialty lubricants for shipping

Freight and passenger ships are often at sea for weeks or months, withstand extremely harsh environmental conditions, and place extremely high demands on people and equipment. Specialty lubricants are optimally aligned to the shipboard applications, protect against corrosion and wear, and improve the overall efficiency of gears, rudders and propellers. Stern tube oil, cable grease and gear oil from Klüber Lubrication share a focus on uncompromising performance, cost optimisation and extremely high standards for environmental protection and safety.

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