WHO WE ARE
Viswa Lab consists of a dynamic team of scientists, engineers, and professionals with a long-standing reputation for technical excellence in the field of Fuel oils, Lube oils, Hydraulic oils, Environmental analysis, Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE), and Failure Analysis.
Viswa Lab enjoys a niche position in its area of expertise and offers a one stop shop for chemical, mechanical, destructive and non-destructive testing to determine the cause of a failure or the prognosis of a machinery related problem. The fuel buyer will not have to go to different places to get all aspects of a failure analysed.
In 1991, Dr.Vis founded Viswa Lab and since then it has been a pioneer in the field of materials testing and bunker fuels analysis.
The lab is named for its capability to provide any number of services and universally be of help, which is what Viswa means in Sanskrit. Dr. Vis has a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering, a Masters in Internal Combustion Engineering and a Bachelors in Marine Engineering. He is on the Roster of Experts of the International Maritime Organization(IMO), a Consultant to the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration – Federal Government of USA), and a member of CIMAC Heavy Fuels and ASTM D2 Committees.
Dr. Vis has personally inspected over 4,000 ships, has had many publications in highly regarded journals, and is globally referred to as the “bunker guru”.
The Viswa Lab technical team consists of twelve marine engineers, four Master Mariners, five Master degree holders and two Doctorates on our full time staff to serve our customers.
Viswa Lab's association with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Indian Institute of Science (IIS) and other leading research instructions worldwide, has kept it in the forefront of cutting edge technology.
History & Growth
Viswa Lab was established in 1991 and we are currently serving over 7000 ships worldwide.
Viswa Lab takes pride in providing unique solutions for the marine industry. Every year since Viswa Lab commenced operations, the number of customers and samples has increased, a clear indication of its technical capabilities and service-oriented culture.
Package of Services
Viswa Lab has established itself as a problem solving lab specializing in Total Fuel Management (TFM).
Major shipping companies who use fuel testing services of competitors still send all their problem fuels to Viswa Lab for detailed investigation. This has enabled the lab to secure the enviable brand image as a "Problem Solving Lab".
Creative Ideas and R&D
Viswa Lab has to its credit many creative and innovative ideas in the bunker fuel testing business. It has also carried out several research projects to advance the frontiers of knowledge in the Bunker fuel business.
It is the only lab to provide quantification of fuel quality through EFN and fuel worth through TWI.
Customer Support during problems and disputes
Viswa Lab has earned the enviable reputation as a problem solving lab. Even those who do not participate in Viswa Lab's fuel testing program send samples for investigation when they face a problem which others are not able to solve.
The failure analysis studies conducted by Viswa Lab have earned the recognition of the insurance companies and P&I clubs. Dr. Vis has participated in Moderation, Arbitration and Litigation processes.
The Viswa Lab website provides access to complete analysis data to every customer for all the bunkering of the customer’s vessels. The customer can also manipulate the data to obtain port-specific, supplier-specific and region-specific information of fuel quality. Global fuel quality statistical data will be made available to the customer on request. A huge collection of technical information is made available to the customer on-line.
Creative Ideas and R&D
Viswa Lab believes that when customers suffer fuel-related problems, they should be provided with all possible assistance. With this objective in view, Viswa Lab is equipped with state of the art instruments to identify and quantify contaminants and adulterants in fuel as well as to determine in-depth Ignition & Combustion properties of the fuel. All fuel problems are also connected to lubes, cylinder oils, material properties of the machinery, etc. In order that the customer with a problem finds a complete solution under one roof, Viswa Lab provides the following services.
|Bunker fuel oil analysis.|
|Lube oil analysis.
|Tribology and particle morphology studies.|
|Ignition & Combustion studies (Fuel Tech instrument).|
|Under piston cylinder oil drain analysis|
|Material Failure analysis|
|Bunker Quantity Surveys in major ports.|
|Special packages of services.|
|Total Fuel Management .|
|Support for Bunker dispute and bunker claims.|
|R&D in marine fuels and marine diesel engines.|
Special Package of Services
Since 1991, Viswa Lab has established itself as a problem solving lab specializing in Total Fuel Management (TFM). Major shipping companies who use fuel testing services of competitors still send all their problem fuels to Viswa Lab for detailed investigation. As a part of this, we offer six packages:
BUNKER FUELS – IDENTIFYING AND QUANTIFYING CONTAMINANTS / ADULTERANTS
– Nine (9) specialized non-standard investigations using state of the art instrumentation offered through Viswa Lab.
ASSET PROTECTIONthrough CBM (Condition Based Maintenance program)
CONDITION MONITORING(for asset protection, meeting classification requirements)
QUANTIFICATION OF FUEL QUALITY AND FUEL WORTH TO HELP WITH FUEL PURCHASE
(A proprietary fuel quality indexing services consisting of Engine Friendliness Number and True Worth Index – published in Bunkerworld.com, well-known published data in proprietary to Viswa Lab)
MONITORING AND MANIPULATION OF MACHINERY PERFORMANCE(Optimizing fuel consumption using continuous performance monitoring with each fuel bunkered)
ENERGY MANAGEMENT:Energy Audits, Energy Advisory Services.
Viswa Lab has labs in Houston and Singapore. Together, both labs facilitate service to customers on either ends of the globe. Customer satisfaction, quality, speed of service and economical rates, are the primary driving principles of Viswa Lab . Commitment to technical excellence and state-of-the-art technology continue to define the image of Viswa Lab .
Viswa Lab consists of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team of scientists, engineers, and support professionals with a long-standing reputation for technical excellence in the field of Fuel oils, Lubes, Hydraulic oils, Environmental analysis, NDE, and Failure Analysis.
Viswa Lab has been testing fuels since 1991. During this period petroleum products and engineering materials have been tested by VL using the latest instruments and to the highest level of quality and accuracy. Innumerable failure analysis studies have been carried out by VL to determine the cause of material failure and fuel related failure.
Viswa Lab has created a niche position for itself with a one stop shop concept of chemical testing, mechanical testing, destructive testing, non-destructive testing to determine the cause of a failure or the prognosis of a machinery related problem. The fuel buyer will not have to go to different places to get all aspects of a failure analyzed.
Dr. Vis, whose name the lab carries, is a Phd. In Metallurgical Engineering, a Masters in Internal Combustion Engineering and a Bachelors in Marine Engineering. He has worked as Chief Engineer on ships, Senior Surveyor to the classification society American Bureau of Shipping.
Since 1991, he has been associated with the materials evaluation activity of metals, composites and petroleum products. It is this unique combination of all three facets that has propelled him as one of the top experts in this field.
The lab is ably supported by other Phd's, Masters and Bachelor degree holders in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Due to Viswa Lab's association with NASA, the continuous contact with the cutting edge of technology is assured.