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Barging Ahead

Barge operators are often accused of giving the marine fuels industry a bad name. While it is true that there are barging companies with a debatable approach to the business, they are very much in the minority. Worldwide, barge operators are working hard to improve their services and operations. In many respects, they are leading not only the bunker industry — but shipping as a whole. Nowhere is this demonstrated clearer than during barge-to-ship transfers of oil; nowhere is this expertise better demonstrated that in the U.S. Operating bunker barges in the U.S. is a fraught business. To say the very least, U.S. authorities do not like oil in their harbors, and culprits can find themselves on the sharp end of some harsh penalties if negligence is proved. In addition to the penalties, the bureaucratic paperweight that descends on bunkerers subsequent to a spill is hefty indeed. According to one U.S. bunkerman, no fewer than 17 officials turned up when a couple of gallons of oil were spilled by his company during a delivery. There is, then, plenty of incentive for U.S. bunker barge operators to get things right. And, it has to be said, the U.S. has some of the world's best barging companies plying its harbor waters. IBIA recently looked at the issue of quality barging in its quarterly journal World Bunkering. One of the respondents to a questionnaire sent to a quartet of quality barging firms around the world was a Houston-based firm


ABS Approves Design for GTTNA’s LNG Bunker Barge

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GTT North America (GTTNA), the Houston-based subsidiary of French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT), received approval in principle from ABS for the design of a 2,200 cu.m.  liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. The design incorporates GTT’s membrane Cargo Containment System (CCS), which is used in 70% of the global LNG carrier fleet and nearly 90% of LNG carrier projects on order


USCG Detains Foreign Freight Vessel Again

USCG inspectors in Dutch Harbor detained 281-ft. freight ship Jacha for the third time since Aug. 1998 due to Safety of Life At Sea violations (SOLAS). Inspectors found seven discrepancies aboard 14-year-old Jacha, including fire doors that didn't close properly, an incompetent fire drill and water leaks on the vessel's main engine. Due to Jacha's history of safety discrepancies, this time, it is not permitted to conduct any cargo operations


Singapore’s New Standards in Bunkering

SPRING and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore launch the first standard in the world for both bunker suppliers and surveyors. SPRING Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have launched a new standard, the Singapore Standard SS 600: 2008 – Code of Practice for Bunkering, to further enhance consistency in practices in the delivery of bunkers for ships calling at Singapore’s port.


Bunkering in Singapore - an Alternate View

SSA rtespondes to allegations of bunkering irregularities in Singapore.   Bunkering is an important industry for Singapore. Consequently, the bunker supplying industry in Singapore is therefore also highly regulated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) - all Singapore bunker suppliers, bunker tankers and bunker surveyors involved in the bunkering business are required to be licensed by MPA. The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) therefore takes a very serious view


Barging Right into LNG

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A raft of new and innovative concepts for LNG barge missions hits the market, in North America and across the pond, as well. Industry gears up for the soon-to-come need for bunkering, infrastructure and LNG-related logistics.   In 2014, innovation – as it turns out – means new ideas for the (previously) boring subject of marine barges. It also means LNG. Paired together, LNG and barges are giving naval architects


Veson Nautical Announces Imos6 Bunker Management Phase II

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New IMOS6 (Integrated Maritime Operations System) Bunker Management Solution Helps Enhance Voyage Profitability BOSTON, MA and STAMFORD, CT – March 21, 2011– At the Connecticut Maritime Association 2011 Shipping Exposition today Veson Nautical, the premier provider of maritime commercial management and trading software solutions, announced Phase II of the company’s IMOS6 Bunker Management Module. Veson’s newest offering helps professionals manage their overall


'Cappuccino Bunkers' in Singapore Claim Refuted

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)  believes that claims of there being entrained air in bunkers supplied in the port are exaggerated In its press release the SSA said that it understands that the “cappuccino” effect is allegedly due to the presence of entrained air, which may cause the bunker fuel to froth, causing manual measurements to be unreliable. After a period of several days, the froth reportedly subsides


OW Bunker Acquire Bergen Bunkers

OW Bunker to acquire the entire share capital of marine fuels & lubricants supplier Bergen Bunkers AS. Bergen Bunkers has offices in Bergen and St Petersburg, and provides fuel and lubricants to some of Norway's leading ship owners and operators, as well as global customers. Bergen Bunkers employs 12 staff, and will retain its existing brand name, operating as an integrated and wholly owned subsidiary of OW Bunker.


Dan-Bunkering Appoints Sales Manager and Senior Bunker Trader

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A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. announced that as of May 1, 2013, Rune Andreasen has been appointed Sales Manager in Dan-Bunkering’s office in Copenhagen. Rune started as a trainee with Dan-Bunkering back in 1999, and was in 2010 promoted to Senior Bunker Trader & Team Leader. In his new role, Rune will be responsible for the daily management, development and education of the trading department in Copenhagen. Furthermore


IBIA Develops Bunker Course with South Shields Marine School

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The International Bunker Industry Association, (IBIA) has joined with South Shields Marine School at South Tyneside College, to develop a course unit on bunkering essentials for merchant navy cadets and engineering officers taking their Class one and Class two certificates of competency.


USCG Crew Hit by Laser During Training

The Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat – Medium shown here is the type of vessel whose crew was hit with a green laser wielded by an unknown individual located near Boulevard Park, Bellingham, Wash, April 20, 2016.  				Green laser lights can temporarily blind operators of vessels and aircraft during night operations, potentially causing medical issues as well as directly impacting the abilities of the crews to safely respond to emergency and routine situations. 				U.S. Coast

A Coast Guard boatcrew was hit by a green laser light while underway near the Squalicum Harbor area of Bellingham, Wednesday night, ending a valuable training opportunity due to medical concerns. The crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham


Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

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 Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port.    The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port.  


Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

Offshore vessels Bibby Polaris and Viking Neptun at Greenhead Base, currently supporting projects West of Shetland. Photo by Alexander Simpson

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects. This month has also brought the first cruise ship of the year to the Shetland port for what promises to be a record-breaking


Boston Harbor Dredging Project to get Underway

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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve to execute a Project Partnering Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.  A signed agreement allows the ACOE to bid contracts for construction on a


Long Beach Harbor Patrol Rescues Sea Lion

The sea lion was safely rescued Photo Port of Long Beach

Recently, Harbor Patrol Officer Benjamin Martin, with help from Long Beach Animal Control, rescued a baby sea lion near a railroad track in the Port. No one knows how the sea lion got there, but he may have wanted a place to play, nap or snack.


Kang Joins Glander International Bunkering

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Glander International Bunkering a global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering firm welcomes Guyson as Bunker & Lubricant Trader to the Singapore office.   Guyson joins Glander International Bunkering with regional expertise in the Asia Pacific region and has been in the maritime


Port of Prince Rupert Adds Navigation Systems

The Port of Prince Rupert, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), as well as input from the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and BC Coast Pilots (BCCP), has established another aid to navigation with advanced technology capabilities at the mouth of Prince Rupert’s Fairview


Danish Investors Summon OW Bunker Parties to Court over Bankruptcy

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A group of 26 institutional investors has issued a summons against bankrupt Danish ship fuel supplier OW Bunker in the latest stage of a legal campaign for allegedly misleading them in its 2014 initial public offer (IPO).   The investors had said last year they would sue Bunker


KOTUG, Boskalis Begin Harbor Towage Joint Venture

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KOTUG International B.V. and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. have formalized a joint venture for the companies’ European harbor towage operations.   The joint operations are transferred to a 50/50 joint venture, combining the European harbor towage activities of KOTUG and


Wan Hai Surpasses Maersk in Profit

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 The Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai takes the plaudits with carriers' operating profit margins according to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015.    The report shows that, Wan Hai is the most profitable container line


Northwest Seaport Alliance Plans $141 Mln Terminal Upgrade

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The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, announced that its managing members have approved $141 million worth of construction and cranes to dock two of the largest containerships simultaneously at Husky Terminal in the South Harbor.


Damen Shipyards, Saudi Border Guard Strengthen Ties

Both CSD450s have been fitted out with optional anchor booms (Photo: Damen)

Saudi Border Guard has acquired two Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD 450) for harbor maintenance duties. As Damen has a full range of dredgers in stock, it could customize and ship two full option dredgers within a short time span.  


Car Carrier Ocean Tango Runs Aground off Busan

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 A South Korean Car carrier Ocean Tango was grounded by a storm which battered Busan, Korea, on Apr 17.    The 2,736 dwt Vessel was docked at Yeong-gu area, reportedly fuel tanks were damaged with ensuing fuel leak.   


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce






 
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