October 2013 Issue
Mailport: October 2013
DIESEL REDUX PART DEUX
From Biobor: We always appreciate PS’s continued inclusion of our products in additive tests. I did, however, want to respond to a few aspects of the recent diesel additives article in the August 2013 issue.
Biobor JF is not designed to prevent saltwater-induced corrosion. As you know and mentioned in the article, Biobor JF is specifically designed to kill and prevent hydrocarbon-utilizing micro-organisms and the MIC corrosion that follows, as well as add lubricity. Biobor JF is the only biocide available with specific recommendations and approvals by OEM (original equipment manufacturer) diesel engine manufacturers, and, the active ingredients are much more safe for continued use in a complete fuel system.
The main purpose for this letter is to make PS aware of our product Biobor MD. Biobor MD is an all-inclusive marine diesel conditioner and efficiency enhancer; essentially covering all of the necessary protection needed in a diesel engine aside from biocide. One of the key components of Biobor MD is an effective corrosion inhibitor similar to the one used in Biobor EB. This is designed to specifically combat the water-induced corrosion issues displayed in your testing. Not only are we confident that our product would perform well in your testing, but Biobor MD would be much more competitive against the other test products regarding the specific attributes tested. Biobor MD has been on the market for about five years now and is readily available.
On a different note, I would also like to suggest a topic that is very prevalent in the diesel industry and may provide for an interesting future additive test. Lubricity in ULSD has become an area of concern for diesel-engine operators and is an extremely important aspect of the fuel we are now required to run in diesel engines. OEM diesel engine manufacturers are very open about the potential damage their engines face due to the lack of lubricity in diesel fuel.
The issue is that refineries are only required to meet ASTM specifications of .520mm lubricity rating (ASTM-HFRR) while the EMA and ISO specification is .450mm. Thus, diesel fuel purchased by boaters may contain significantly less lubrication properties than recommended by the engine manufacturer. However, the proper additive can effectively cover this lack of fuel lubrication and protect the injectors and fuel pumps that are increasingly seeing detrimental effects.
One additional benefit to both of our diesel products, Biobor JF and Biobor MD, is that they provide this necessary additional lubrication. Testing for fuel lubricity and the benefit an additive provides can be easily and cost effectively determined by ASTM-6079.
Sales manager, Marine/Industrial
Along with the ValvTect BioGuard
Plus 6, we’ll be adding the Biobor MD to our field for a test update. We’ll also look into developing a reliable test for verifying lubricity claims.