Bunkering Experiments For The Royal Navy

The rapid developments in the crisis in Ukraine and increasingly threatening security situation means UK forces are looking hard at practicing how to project power further afield in an unstable world.

Bunkering At Sea

One interesting trial that was recently undertaken by the Royal Navy was where one of the Royal Fleet Auxilary fueling and support ships linked up with the civilian MT Maersk Peary oil tanker in Lyme Bay to see whether oil could be transferred between the two vessels.

Calling upon civilian tankers and oilers to sustain the navy’s fleet could prove crucial if the military tankers are unable to stock up on supplies by putting into port. The RN website quotes from the Falklands conflict that recently celebrated 40 years and points out that civilian shipping was vitally important in that conflict.

Would you like to know a bit more about the practice of ‘bunkering’ where a ship-to-ship transfer of HFO bunker fuel, distillates, or LNG takes place?

We have embedded interesting videos from Shell Marine and Chief Makoi about bunking with HFO, marine fuel, heavy, or furnace oil and LNG below:

The video on the left tells you a bit about Shell marine’s LNG bunker barge vessel; this allows for heavy vessel’s main propulsion engines to work on dual fuel and lower emissions.

Propulsion plant manufacturers like MAN Energy, MaK, or Bergen engines, offer both 2 or 4 stroke engines working with a diverse mix of fuels.

Lube Oils For Marine Engines – Made In Scotland

The home town of NauticOil is Grangemouth, a small but strategic location that hosts a large oil refinery that is connected by pipeline to North Sea directly and also has pipelines to the west of Scotland oil export terminal at Finnart on the River Clyde, near to HMNB Clyde at Faslane.

Grangemouth Oil Refinery

This oil refinery and associated petrochemicals, crackers and ethane import infrastructure plays a huge role in UK energy security and products everything from marine HFO to petrol, DERV, LPG, bitumen, and lubricating oils!

Taken together with the central position of Grangemouth – half way in between Glasgow and Edinburgh with large sea port and freight railway, it can quickly be seen that that it is not only good quality whisky that is made in Scotland!

Petroineos Finnart Terminal

We included a picture and a video about the complex here, although it certainly is not beautiful it is kind of impressive – running 24/7 and 365 days per year and able to process around 60% of the crude oil produced in the UKCS areas.