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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


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.


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


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


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


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


Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port

The biggest containership of the world – bunkered in Rotterdam

Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes


CORIMA Orders a Damen ASD Tug 2810

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CORIMA, part of the Italian Gesmar Group, has ordered a Damen ASD Tug 2810.   The Damen ASD Tug 2810, which has a 60 metric tons bollard pull, will be deployed in the port of Ancona. With the official signing ceremony taking place on January 12


Danish Port Gets EU Funding for LNG Bunkering

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Port of Hirtshals in Denmark will receive over EUR1 million a pilot construction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank and bunker, co-financed by EU’s TEN-T Program.  The pilot project will see construction of a 500 cubic meter LNG storage tank and bunkering facility


Stolt-Nielsen Q4 Profit Misses Forecast

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Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported fourth quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said it was concerned about the outlook for the chemical tanker market, even as lower fuel prices would help operations. Stolt-Nielsen's fourth quarter net profit fell to $13.1 million from $35


Largest Cargo Year Ever for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor records 2014 as highest shipment year in its 44-year history   The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013 driven by strong shipments of steel


MOL Express Refloated

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  The MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel which went aground in Tateyama Harbor, Japan on January 11, was successfully refloated, Seaspan Corporation reports. No crew injuries and no environmental consequences from this incident have been reported


'Business as Usual' for Manila Port During Papal Visit

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Philippines Government Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras issued a statement saying that the five-day visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines will not “significantly hamper continuous efforts for the efficient operations of the port of Manila.”  


Pacific Basin Issues Profit Warning

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 Dry bulk shipowner Pacific Basin Shipping announced a total of US$132 million (HK$1 billion) impairment charges on chartered-in vessel contracts and bunker fuel swaps.   The Hong Kong-listed company informed the stock exchange that  it took US$101 million provisions mainly


Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas

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Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine.   Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots


Singapore's Maritime Industry Reports Strong Performance

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Singapore continues to be the world's top bunkering port, while its annual vessel arrival tonnage also saw growth in 2014, according to advance estimates announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. The Port of Singapore maintained its position as one of the busiest in the world as it recorded


IBIA to Hold Regional Forum in Gibraltar

The Port of Gibraltar will showcase its bunkering and marine services at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Regional Forum, February 24-27. The forum, which takes place at Gibraltar’s Sunborn Hotel, will include a workshop on bunkering; a session focusing on mega yacht and


First Time in History, 3 Chinese Navy Ships in Hamburg

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Three Chinese naval vessels with 800 sailors docked in Germany’s Hamburg harbor for the first time in history on Monday, Michael Setzer, the Commander of Hamburg’s Military Liaison Office, said.  The dock landing ship, Chang Beishan


GTT, Conrad Shipyard Ink Deal for LNG Barges and Bunker Tanks

GTT signs license agreement with Conrad Shipyard for membrane containment systems for LNG barges and bunker tanks   Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, GTT North America, has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with U.S


BP Remains Singapore's Top Marine Fuel Supplier

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BP Singapore kept its spot as a top marine fuel supplier by volume for the eleventh straight year in 2014 at the world's biggest bunkering port, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.  MPA does not specify the volumes each supplier sells


South Carolina Container Volumes Climb in 2014

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The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported that container business rose 12 percent in 2014, a year highlighted by strong volume growth and substantial forward progress on the harbor deepening project.   In December the port handled 141,956 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)






 
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