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Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.    Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock.     Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place the coins as a sign of good fortune and safe travels. Philly Shipyard representatives included the most recent graduates of the company’s Apprentice Program.   Initiated in 2004, the three-year apprenticeship program develops the next generation of Philly Shipyard employees. The recent graduation class added 15 skilled shipbuilders to the workforce, bringing the shipyard’s apprentices to 23% of its current workforce.     Since the program’s inception, 21 apprentices have moved into management positions and many have obtained additional manufacturing qualifications. The shipyard expanded the program this year and has hired 50 apprentices with intent to hire another 50 apprentices in 2017.   Steinar Nerbovik, Philly Shipyard’s President and CEO, remarked, “Today we celebrate our fifteen new shipbuilders and the twenty-seventh keel laid in our seventeen year history

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

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

Low Tanker Rates Boost Long-distance Trade -EIA

File photo: Robert Hendry

Recent expansion of the global crude oil and petroleum product tanker fleet has resulted in falling or lower tanker rates for much of 2016 that have widened the geographic scope for economically attractive trade at a time when inventories of both crude oil and petroleum products are at high levels

NAT Orders Three Suezmax Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) said it has entered into agreements with Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the construction of three Suezmax tankers of about 157,000 deadweight tons each to be delivered during the second half of 2018.  

Matrix PDM Signs Licensing Deal with GTT

Photo: GTT

 GTT's Houston-based US subsidiary, GTT North America (GTT NA), has signed a license agreement with the American engineering company Matrix PDM Engineering.   The agreement was signed at the Matrix Service Company headquarters in Tulsa, OK

Navig8 Adds New LR1 Tanker

Courtesy  Navig8 Tankers

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Precision a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“SPP”).

NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Tanker to APT

Bay State underway during sea trials in September 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Bay State, the fourth of five new Jones Act ECO Class product carriers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The vessel was delivered on Monday, September 26 during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.  

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers.   On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's

Libya Resumes Oil Exports from Some Major Ports

Libya is resuming oil exports from some of its main ports which forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar seized in recent days and has lifted related "force majeuere" contractual clauses, the National Oil Corporation said on Thursday.  

Suezmax Delivered to Nordic American Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of a Suezmax new build tanker Nordic Star, built at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea.   The 158,000 dwt vessel will be immediately employed in the tanker market, NAT said.  

Hyundai Heavy Wins Russian Bid for 12-Ship Contract

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

 South Korea’s troubled shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. announced that it has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 12-oil tanker contract worth $660 million of Russia’s Sovcomflot, reports Korea Herald.  

2016 VLCC Earnings Will Surpass 2014 -BIMCO

Graph source: BIMCO

 Lower growth rates for refinery throughput and drawdowns on swollen oil stocks has impacted the seaborne tanker market negatively. BIMCO expected this to happen.   BIMCO has reduced its forecast for crude oil tanker demolition in 2016: from 5 million DWT to 3 million DWT

NAT Names 2 New Tankers in South Korea

Mr. and Mrs. Yean Sin Kim, Siv Helset, Marianne Lie, Mr. Herbjørn and Mrs. Solveig Hansson. (Photo: ©Thorbjørn Damhaug)

wo new tankers, Nordic Star and Nordic Space, were named August 24 for owner Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT).   NAT founder and chairman Herbjørn Hansson was present at the naming ceremony, along with the chargé d'affaires a.i

NASSCO Christens LNG-ready Tanker Constitution

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 27, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the christening and launch of the Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly tankers constructed or under construction at the company’s San Diego-based shipyard.  

Veg Oils Can Benefit Tankers

Graph by Clarksons Research

 A number of product tankers, with certain characteristics, can carry edible oils (also called veg oils) as well as oil products, meaning that veg oil trade should not be overlooked when considering potential sources of product tanker demand, reveals a report by Clarksons Research.  

Large or Small, Land or Sea, Every Spill Matters.


There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental

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