Dr. Vis – Bunker Guru


Dr. Vis – The “Bunker Guru”

Dr. Ram Vis, whose name Viswa Lab carries, is first a Marine Engineer and has a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering and a Masters in Internal Combustion. He is on the Roster of Experts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a Consultant to the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration – Federal Government of USA) and a member of CIMAC Working Group for Heavy Fuels and Lube Oils, ASTM D2 Committees and Intertanko Bunker Sub-committee……….

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Batteries with Twice the Life

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Shape of Things to Come

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Marine Industry: Outlook for 2017 and Beyond

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