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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


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

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


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

Dan-Bunkering Appoints Sales Manager and Senior Bunker Trader

Rune Andreasen

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

'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

Saudi Shipping Firm Bahri Posts Big Jump in Q3 Profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a significant hike in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 510.3 million riyals ($136.1 million), up from 84

India Extends Tax Benefits on Bunker Fuel

India has extended the benefit of nil custom and production tax on bunker fuels to domestic coastal movement of containers, in a move to decongest its roads and reduce carbon emissions, a government statement said on Wednesday. Earlier exemptions form the customs and production tax on bunkering

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

Image: MPA

 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub

Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd to Positive

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) changed the rating for German Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd to positive from stable, thanks to cheaper fuel.   According to  Moody’s the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR)

Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships


 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea

Giant Harbor Crane Delivered in Port Bronka

The LHM 800 on the specialized RoRo vessel (Photo: Liebherr)

Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka took delivery of a LHM 800 mobile harbor crane from Liebherr Maritime Cranes on September 26, marking delivery of the first LHM 800 in heavy lift configuration.    Located at the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland

East-West Shippers' Contract Rates Falling -Drewry

Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

SE Asia Accounts for More than Half of the World’s Piracy Attacks

Graph: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

 At present more than half of the world’s piracy attacks are occurring in South East Asia, says he latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) incident report.   Piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which was the scourge of global shipping from 2011-14 has all but disappeared

Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor

Image: Incat

Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels.   Announcing the result of a competitive tender process the NSW

Bulker Runs Aground in Sweden

Photo courtesy Swedish Coast Guard

Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Victoria is reportedly stuck on a shoal off the west coast of Sweden with a 3-meter gash in its hull after running hard aground Saturday night.   According to local reports, the 190-meter ship was en route from Rostock

Long Beach Port Weighs Options to Enhance Efficiency

Temporary depot closes, creating new opportunities as cargo rises

  The Port of Long Beach today announced plans to seek new ways to use a largely undeveloped 150-acre pier to help move cargo more efficiently as the Port continues to welcome increasing trade. With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month

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

Boston Harbor Cruises Named a Top Small Business

This summer, BHC’s high-speed catamaran Salacia, known as the Provincetown Fast Ferry, made its maiden voyage after undergoing a $2.6 million engine refit. (Photo: BHC)

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has named passenger vessels operator Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) as the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree.    The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies

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