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Monday, September 16, 2019

Spectroscopy News

ClassNK Launches Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service

ClassNK’s subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service (NKCS) has officially launched its Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service. The service will provide an oil analysis report for the properties of bunker fuel oil based on the ISO8217 Standard with advice such as oil heating and purification. Testing laboratories are located worldwide in Singapore, UAE, U.K. and U.S. After sampled oil is received at the nearest laboratory from each ship, an analysis report will be provided by email and online within 48 hours.

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Breaking Down IMO’s 0.5% Bunker Sulfur Cap

Breaking down the challenges of the 2020 sulfur cap can be confusing. Matti Bargfried provides a primer. What has happened so far? The IMO this October voted in its 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to globally cap the maximum amount of sulfur allowed to 0.5 percent. HFO will be further allowed (there is no mandate to disallow usage) provided it meets the set standards. Alternative measurements like scrubbers are also accepted to reduce the ship emissions.

Combining unique microfluidic chip technology and spectroscopy, Maze microfluidic SARA analysis delivers precise fluid measurements that are always repeatable and reproducible. Image Schlumberger

Schlumberger Unveils Microfluidic Analysis Technology at OTC

HOUSTON, May 2, 2016—Schlumberger announced today at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference the release of the Maze* microfluidic SARA analysis for reservoir fluids characterization. This is the first commercial application of microfluidic analysis technology in the oil and gas industry. The Maze microfluidic SARA analysis fully automates the process for testing oil samples for saturates, aromatics, resins and asphaltenes (SARA)—coupling novel microfluidic technology with spectroscopy.

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LUX Assure Appoints Rankin for CoMic

LUX Assure appointed Scott Rankin as its technical expert for the company’s chemical monitoring technology, CoMic. Rankin joined LUX Assure a year ago and has since taken part in specialist training and gained in-depth experience working with CoMic, which provides information on optimal dosage of corrosion inhibitors. Prior to working at LUX Assure, Rankin spent over three years with a global contract research organization as an analytical chemist within the metabolism and mass spectroscopy departments…

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ABB Acquires Los Gatos Research

ABB to acquire Los Gatos Research (LGR) adding a new line of high-performance gas analyzers to its measurement business. Los Gatos Research (LGR) of Mountain View, California, is a 19-year-old, nearly 40-person company that provides analyzers and services to a wide range of customers needing real-time measurement of trace gases and isotopes for research and environmental monitoring. LGR's novel and innovative laser-based measurement strategies allow for non-destructive analysis of gases and liquids.

"We were delighted to sponsor the prize for best poster," said Chelsea's Technical Director, Dr John Attridge (left). "For nearly 50 years we have been developing a wide range of in situ sensors and systems and maintain a keen interest in the development and commercialisation of new technologies".

Dean James Wins Best Poster Prize at Ocean Business

Chelsea's Technical Director, Dr. John Attridge, presented the prize for best poster to Dean James (University of Oxford) at the Microfluidics and Microsensor Sensor Technology for Oceanographic and Environmental Science Applications Workshop held during Ocean Business at NOC Southampton. The Challenger Society hosted this fascinated one-day workshop which focused on developments in microfluidics and microsensor technology for oceanographic and environmental science applications.