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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


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


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.


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


New Bunkering Firm Formed

A new Bunker Trading Company was established in Singapore in early April. The company is called United Bunkering & Trading (Asia) Pte. Ltd., and is backed by a major European investor. In the year 2000/2001, the total turnover reached $600 million. United Bunkering & Trading (Asia) Pte. Ltd., said it can handle supplies of bunker oil to ships throughout the world and also supply other naturally related products and services, like lubricants, crew change and agency service


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.


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


USCG Addresses Future of Marine Fuels

The future of marine fuels from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise   The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association hosted The Future of Marine Fuels: Emission Control Area and Liquefied Natural Gas Conference in San Pedro, California on December 4, 2014. Representing the U.S


INTERTANKO Launches ECA Bunker Surcharge Clauses

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INTERTANKO’s documentary committee has launched bunker surcharge clauses for Emission Control Areas (ECA).   Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port


Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

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Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year.  


NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

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Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.    The NRL-developed communications technology


Danish Investors Investigating OW Bunker Collapse

A group of the largest Danish institutional investors has initiated an investigation of the collapse of ship fuel supplier OW Bunker, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "The purpose of the investigation is to understand the events leading up to the bankruptcy and to obtain


Proposed Rulemaking on Cruise Ship Terminal Security

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The Federal Register Wednesday published the U.S. Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rulemaking amending its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. This proposed rule would standardize screening activities for all persons, baggage and personal effects at cruise ship terminals while


Glander International Bunkering Opens Geneva Location

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Glander International Bunkering has acquired Valhalla Marine Sarl, Geneva as of 1st December, 2014. The new Geneva operation is Glander International Bunkering’s first office in Europe, reinforcing the company's commitment to its global growth and expansion strategy


Aegean to Acquire $11mln Fuel & Storage Contracts

Access to Busiest U.S. Container Port Significantly Enhances Aegean's Global Marine Fuel Capabilities.   Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) has announced that it has agreed to acquire 28,567 metric tons of marine fuel and assume a storage contract with Vopak Terminal Los


Bunker Holding Adds Subsidiary Unioil Supply

The Bunker Holding Group has established a new subsidiary operating under the name Unioil Supply A/S. The physical setup, based in Aalborg, consists of professionals from the former OW Supply & Trading.   The Danish-based Bunker Holding is the parent company of a group of companies


Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay

California braces for fiercest storm

  A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night


IACS Holds Council Meeting

The International Association of Classification Societies chaired by Philippe Donche-Gay of BV held its December Council meeting yesterday in London.   The flagship Common Structural Rules project for bulk carriers and oil tankers was discussed and a presentation delivered to industry


Pacific Basin Sells Harbor Towage Business to Smit Lamnalco

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has sold to Smit Lamnalco its entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA), including all its harbor towage operations and 16 harbor tugs and two additional assests (one harbor tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies.


Canada Invests $1.8m in Tignish Harbor

Canada’s Shea announces a $1.8 million contract for Tignish Harbor; contract awarded to Gaudette's Transit Mix Ltd.   The Government of Canada has awarded a $1.8 million contract through a public tendering process to Gaudette’s Transit Mix Ltd


Boskalis, KOTUG Merge Harbor Towage Operations

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Boskalis, KOTUG agree to merge European harbor towage operations   Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to merge the companies’ European harbor towage operations


Cowes Breakwater Catalyzes Harbor Investment

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The main aim of Cowes Harbor Commission’s (CHC) investment into the new Cowes Breakwater was to provide a true sheltered harbor, thereby unlocking its full potential and creating a catalyst for major inward investment and employment generation.






 
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