As one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore is at the heart of global commerce. Since 1986, Singapore is estimated to have been the busiest port in the world in terms of shipping tonnage, with an annual average of 140,000 vessel calls.
Singapore is located at the centre of the East-West trade routes and is a natural gateway to economies with huge consumer bases, reports Chevron.
Leading hub for container shipments
Key to the success of the port is its connectivity as a leading hub for container shipments with more than 37.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled in 2022. More than 200 shipping lines have made Singapore their focal point and it has links to over 600 ports worldwide. The port can handle over 2,000 containers per vessel with a turnaround time of less than 12 hours and is the leading ship refuelling port in the world.
On average, Singapore also attracts more than 30 international cruise ships every year, making approximately 400 port calls. A vital need for many of the vessels using the port is the availability of suitable, high-grade lubricants to enable ship operators to complete often complex and demanding movements around the world.
A key player in Singapore’s complex daily operations is the Chevron Marine Lubricants’ (CML) Jalan Buroh blending plant in Tanjong Penjuru and which is helping the smooth flow of vessels using the port. The Penjuru Terminal is a focal point for transportation fuels, base oil, marine and finished lubricants supply. The terminal is one of Chevron’s key assets in Singapore with more than 400,000 cubic meters of storage capacity. It is one of the largest terminals in the Chevron network and supports markets across Asia.
Established in 1964, today the plant offers a wide variety of Chevron marine lubricants including CML’s innovative, new Taro Ultra Advanced 40 – the latest addition to Chevron Marine Lubricants range of cylinder oils – and which is being rolled out at major ports across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and, eventually, globally.
Extensive customer back-up capabilities
In February the first delivery of Taro Ultra Advanced 40 took place in the United States when it was supplied to a fruit juice tanker calling at the port of Tampa, Florida. Among the extensive range of Chevron lubricants offered from the blending plant are Veritas 800 Marine and a host of grades under the Taro brand including Taro Ultra 40, Taro Ultra 70, Taro Ultra 100 and Taro Ultra 140.
As well as the blending plant, Chevron Marine Lubricants has extensive customer back-up capabilities in the region including technical field specialists, a customer service team and local account managers.
The terminal is also leading the way for the company’s digital transformation journey for its lubricants’ supply chain. These innovations include systems that deliver enhanced transparency and co-ordination between plant operations and laboratories, eliminating paper processes with real-time reporting tools and automating repetitive activities.
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