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LUKOIL Marine supplies the world’s largest container vessel from MSC

LUKOIL Marine congratulates MSC on launching the MSC OSCAR, the largest container vessel in the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) fleet.

14 January 2015

With the launch of the MSC OSCAR, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) sets a new record: with its 19,224 TEU capacity, the latest addition to the MSC family is the largest container vessel ever built1. It was officially inaugurated at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Shipyard in South Korea on 8th January 2015 and will service trade routes between Asia and Europe.
"Congratulations to MSC on this fantastic achievement! We are very proud to be the lubricant supplier for the MSC OSCAR", says Jan Thiedeitz, Director of LUKOIL Marine Lubricants. The company specializing in marine lubricants is an important business partner for MSC, supplying lubricants to more than 100 vessels in the MSC fleet.

But it is not only the size of the vessel which is impressive. MSC also demonstrates its concern for the environment for example, by equipping the MSC OSCAR with increased fuel efficiency engines for a healthier supply chain. For all its new orders, MSC trusts in the pioneering technology developed by LUKOIL Marine Lubricants: the iCOlube®. This is an ‘intelligent cylinder oil lubrication' unit optimizing both the performance and overall efficiency of vessel engines.

"I am more than pleased to have chosen LUKOIL Marine as a supplier for this incredible vessel", Pasquale Formisano, Senior VP in MSC Geneva tells us, "and the partnership will continue with MSC's next new vessel, MSC OSCAR's sister ship MSC OLIVER, which will be launched in April 2015."

About LUKOIL and LUKOIL Marine Lubricants
LUKOIL is the leading Russian company in exploring, producing, refining and marketing petroleum products. LUKOIL was established in 1991 through the merger of a group of oil-and-gas production companies located in the western Siberian cities Langepas, Urai and Kogalym, whose initials form the acronym LUK. In 2007 LUKOIL decided to bring its expertise in lubricants technology to the marine industry. LUKOIL Marine Lubricants was founded as a stand-alone global sales and marketing business focusing on the production and sales of marine lubricants worldwide.

About MSC
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) S.A. is a privately owned global shipping company founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world's leading container shipping lines with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC operates 480 offices across 150 countries worldwide with over 24,000 employees. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge. MSC's shipping line sails on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 315 ports.