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Commissioner Doyle: LNG "Blossoming" as Marine Fuel

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle issued this morning’s opening remarks at the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) 6th Sino - American Logistics Conference in Chicago, Il, where he addressed the use of LNG as a marine fuel. Doyle cited the United States' abundance of natural gas as a driver for the country’s marine industry to adopt LNG as an alternative fuel source. In addition, he spoke to the environmental and economic benefits associated with the use of LNG in the maritime segment. Commissioner Doyle discussed the Chinese push for LNG as marine fuel and highlighted the progress of their 2010 pilot program as well as the nation’s goals for future development. He also discussed LNG's presence stateside. “The Obama Administration is embracing the concept of LNG as a marine fuel,” Doyle said. “The Department of Transportation through the Maritime Administration is sponsoring a demonstration project involving an ocean-going containership that will be repowered to use LNG as a propulsion fuel. The Maritime Administration is also funding research related to LNG fuel transfer, infrastructure and training. This research is slated to be completed in 2014.” Mr. Doyle then identified recent LNG maritime initiatives including those at Interlake Steamship Company, TOTE, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp

M/V Sunshine State Delivered to Crowley

Photo courtesy Crowley

Crowley took delivery of Sunshine State, a 331,000-barrel, double-hull oil and chemical tanker, from General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif. for American Petroleum Tankers LLC. The Sunshine State is the first vessel Crowley has taken delivery of since the company was contracted by APT to handle the shipyard construction management and the overall vessel management, crewing and operation of the company's growing fleet

General Dynamics Reports 2Q 2014 Earnings

Phebe N Novakovic , Chairman and CEO

  General Dynamics today reported 2014 second-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $646 million, or $1.88 per share on a diluted basis, compared to second-quarter earnings from continuing operations in 2013 of $640 million, or $1.81 per diluted share. Second-quarter 2014 revenues were $7.5 billion. There is a charge in the quarter of $105 million in discontinued operations for the sale of a business within Combat Systems

MISC Looks for Takeover Targets

MISC Bhd, the world's largest carrier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is on the lookout for takeover targets to help it grow amid softer shipping rates, according to a report on In 2003, the firm bought American Eagle Tankers (AET), a crude oil transportation company, from Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines for $445 million. An analyst from a foreign research house said that if MISC were to buy, it will be to support AET to grow its petroleum business.

Marathon Ashland Petroleum Garners USCG Award

Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC’s (MAP) Marine Transportation group has received the U.S. Coast Guard’s prestigious William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Accepting the silver award on behalf of MAP Marine Transportation was Bruce Tilton, manager, Marine Transportation. “This is indeed an honor, and we are truly thrilled to receive this award, says Tilton. “Because this is the U.S. Coast Guard’s premier national award, recognizing marine environmental excellence

USCG Accepts Benkert Award Nominees

The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting for applications for the biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert, Marine Environmental Protection Award for Excellence. The program recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. It also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling, training

Nordic American Tankers Mull Expansion Plans

Nordic American Tankers Ltd. is considering expanding its fleet by ordering new vessels or buying second-hand. The company's Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.16 for the fourth quarter of 2012.  They are assessing expansion plans including ordering of new vessels from shipyards or buying second hand vessels at historically low prices.  The level of the declared dividend should be seen in the context of a planned fleet expansion

Aker Philadelphia’s 9th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

On March 10, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS) launched Ship 013, the ninth product tanker in a series of 12 to be completed by 2011. The 46,000 dwt vessel was floated off of its blocks and was transferred by tug from the Building Dock to the Outfitting Dock, where it will remain for the next few weeks as it undergoes continuous testing and commissioning in preparation for its upcoming sea trials. When completed, the 600-ft long vessel, to be named the Overseas Martinez

DeepStar Names New Co-Chairs to Contributors’ Advisory Panel

Peter M. Lovie, P.E., vice president of business development for American Shuttle Tankers L.L.C., Houston, has been appointed to co-chair the Contributors’ Advisory Panel of The DeepStar Project, DeepStar Project Director B. John Sheets, of ChevronTexaco Exploration and Production Technology Co., has announced. ”Peter Lovie has been a tireless advocate for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel technology in recent years and has broad experience with other systems through

AWO Members Win Benkert Award

The USCG has honored AWO members Crowley Marine Services, Inc. and Southern Towing Company with the William M. Benkert Award for excellence in marine environmental protection. Benkert Awards for the year 2000 competition were presented in four categories: large and small vessel operating companies, and large and small marine facility operators. AWO member Crowley Marine Services, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, won the large vessel category

Oil Spill Statfjord North Sea Field - Statoil

Loading of tankers suspended, unclear when it will resume. Oil spilled into the North Sea during the loading of a tanker at Norway's Statfjord field on Thursday, operator Statoil said. The leak occurred at 0630 GMT during the loading of oil to a tanker from the Statfjord A platform via a

d'Amico Launches Two Tankers in Vietnam

Cielo di Ulsan, launched by DIS in Hyundai Vietnam Shipyard (PRNewsFoto/dAmico International)

d'Amico International Shipping S.A. has launched two eco-ships at the shipyards of Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd – Vietnam, bringing the fleet to more than 50 units. The vessels Cielo di Ulsan, a handysize Ice Class of 39,000 tons and High Trader, a medium range 50

Crowley Acquires Jones Act Tankers

Crowley Takes Delivery of First of Four New, Jones Act Tankers from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery of Ohio, the first of four new, Jones Act, product tankers this week from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA. The delivery is momentous not only for Crowley

NOIA Commends Shell’s Efforts Offshore Alaska

Polar Pioneer rig operating into the floor of the Chukchi Sea

  National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding Shell’s decision to halt exploration activities offshore Alaska:   “NOIA commends Shell’s efforts in the Chukchi Sea and recognizes the great expense

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

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Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the

Blount Delivers USCG Subchapter “D” Tank Vessel

Chandra B (Image: Blount Boats)

Shipbuilder Blount Boats delivered a 79-foot bunkering tanker, Chandra B, to American Petroleum and Transport, Inc. in New York on September 6.   Designed by Farrell & Norton Architects and built to USCG Subchapter D specifications

Oman Shipping Acquire 10 New Vessels

Image: Oman Shipping Company

 Ten new medium range product tankers will join the fleet of state-owned Oman Shipping Company (OSC) in the next one year, taking the total strength of the fleet to 53 from 43 now, reports Times of Oman.   According to the chief executive officer of Oman Shipping Company Tarik Mohammed

AET Names DP Shuttle for Statoil Charter

Petroleum tanker owner and operator AET today named its newest vessel, a 120,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tanker, Eagle Bergen.    Eagle Bergen is the second of two vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries to the standards required to operate on the Norwegian continental shelf

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Will See More Volatility

file image: A Suez Max Tanker in the Suez Canal.

VLCC market to be "hot" in Q4 -VLCC broker. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) face a roller-coaster ride on uncertain cargo volumes and vessel supply ahead of a fourth-quarter boom, brokers said. Charter rates, which have rebounded sharply

New Tanker Stena Imperial Named in Savannah

Erik Hånell, President and CEO Stena Bulk with wife Katarina Hånell; captain Vinay Singh; godmother Kari McCormick and Doug McCormick, Commercial Regional Manager, Chevron in Houston; Kristina Hagman and Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO Stena Shipping, Drilling & Ferries (Photo: Kristofer Hultén)

A new 50,000 DWT MR chemical and product tanker based on the IMOIIMAX concept, Stena Imperial, was named yesterday in Savannah, Ga.   Built by Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) and delivered on July 1, Stena Imperial recently arrived in Savannah on the U.S

MN 100: Bouchard Transportation

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The Company: Bouchard Transportation’s history dates back to its incorporation in 1918 by founder, Capt. Fred Bouchard, the youngest tugboat captain in the Port of New York. Bouchard is a family owned business and the nation’s largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore


  Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the

MPA Fines Unlicensed Bunker Supplier

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has fined JL Petroleum for supplying marine fuel in the world’s largest bunkering hub without a valid license.    In an announcement on Wednesday, MPA said it brought charges against JL Petroleum for selling bunkers on 14

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