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Chemical Release Contained Within Vessel

Coast Guard boat crews from Station Port Aransas have set up a 1 mile safety zone around vessel VENUSGAS within the La Quinta marine channel in Ingleside, Texas until 4:30 p.m. today while a space inside the vessel is being ventilated. Alarms reported the release of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) early yesterday morning at the Occidental chemical facility.  The source of the release was the VENUSGAS which was moored at the end of their pier.  After a hazardous materials inspection team entered the vessel this morning and began ventilating the space, all levels of VCM are reported to be negligible and contained within the vessel.  The ventilation of the space has no impact on the outlying community. The Coast Guard is working closely with the Occidental chemical facility and the Portland Fire Chief to monitor the situation.


MarAd Announces More Disposal Contracts

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has signed contracts for the disposal of four ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet at Benicia, CA, bringing to nine the number that have left the facility for recycling since October 2005. The four ships are World War II-vintage Victory ships: Hannibal Victory, the Barnard Victory, the Occidental Victory and the Sioux Falls Victory. When ships are no longer considered useful for defense or aid missions


Global Firms Compete for Awali Oilfield Contract

Eleven international oil firms have expressed an interest in efforts to boost production at Bahrain's onshore Awali field, the Oil and Gas Affairs Minister revealed recently. Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza’s statement followed the announcement that US firm Occidental and Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production have been awarded the right to explore for oil and gas off the shores of the country. Some reports have suggested that new technologies could double the amount of oil produced at the


More Oil Coming from Sunken Tanker

The Solar 1 tanker that sank off Guimaras Island is leaking more bunker fuel, thus adding to the spill that has already devastated the marine environment and affected coastal communities in the island and nearby provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the leakage started Monday night. According to official estimates, the tanker has already leaked 50,000 gallons of fuel and still has 450,000 gallons on several tanks on board


DoTC Forms Team to Conduct Probe on Oil Spill

On recommendations of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Arthur N. Gosingan, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro P. Mendoza formed yesterday a national board of marine inquiry (BMI) to conduct a thorough fact-finding investigation on the oil spill off Guimaras Island in Western Visayas — so far the biggest ever reported environmental disaster in the country. In a press conference held at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila


Unitor Chemicals Now Wilhelmsen Chemicals

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Unitor Chemicals AS, part of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, is changing its name to Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS. Wilhelmsen Ships Service acquired Nalfleet earlier this year. In future, Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS will supply both the Unitor range of chemicals, as well as the new Nalfleet marine chemicals portfolio. Existing company agreements will not be affected by the name change which took place on 1 April, and the company will continue to operate from its Norwegian office in


Videotel Works with Industry for Chemical Tanker Training

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Chemical Tanker safety comes into sharp focus in a new training course from leading maritime training provider Videotel Marine International. The newly-launched Advanced Chemical Tanker Course has been developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), with the involvement of some of the biggest names in the chemical tanker industry. Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel CEO, explained the thinking behind the initiative


Smiths Detection Installation at Port of Providence

Smiths Detection announced the award of a contract for its FirstView early warning chemical threat detection and video management system to be installed at the Port of Providence, R.I. Funded through a competitive Department of Homeland Security grant, the system will alert authorities to chemical hazards in the port area and provide real-time video and sensor data to first responders and emergency personnel. It combines Smiths Detection’s chemical detection capabilities (Centurion


Ardmore Shipping Orders Product Tankships

Shipbuilding image courtesy of Ardmore

Ireland's Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) say they have begun the execution of their product and chemical tankship fleet explansion plan. The company has put the plan into effect by exercising options on a further two 50,300-dwt IMO 3 eco-design product tankers ordered from SPP Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, South Korea. (“SPP”). This extends the series from SPP to a total of eight new ships with deliveries beginning in January 2014


MISC Investing to Increase Fleet

MISC Bhd is investing to increase its fleet size by an additional 23 energy and chemical tankers and a containership, the company said The tankers include seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, eight chemical tankers, eight Aframax-class and very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The shipping company, which owns and operates the world’s largest LNG tanker fleet with 22 units, also has in its fleet 21 container vessels, 13 chemical tankers and 49 oil tankers.


Thai Resort Owners Sue State Owned Company for Oil Spill

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Business owners on Koh Samet island are suing a state-owned petroleum enterprise for the oil spill that polluted the resort island's beaches last year. More than 50,000 litres of crude oil leaked from pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical in July 2013 and blackened several beaches on Koh Samet


Hyde Marine Makes BWTS Installation Agreements

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Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, says it has established two partnership agreements for installation of the chemical-free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) for international markets as follows: Grand Bahamas Shipyard


AKR Corporindo to Spend 2.3 trln rph on Industrial, Port Project

  PT AKR Corporindo, a distributor of basic chemicals and petroleum products, plans to spend 2.3 trillion rupiah ($198.84 million) on investment in the second half of this year, to finance its Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate project, said Director Suresh Vembu.


BV Opens doors to Their Testing Labs in Germany

  Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (CPS) have successfully opened the doors to their testing laboratories in Hamburg and Schwerin on the 9th and 10th July. The event, which was themed around new chemical requirements for consumer products


Port of Rotterdam Throughput Up by 0.6%

  The port of Rotterdam achieved steady results in the first half of the year. Total throughput increased by 0.6% compared to the first half of 2013. The throughput of crude oil increased by 3.3% while that of mineral oil products decreased by 13.5%. The throughput of coal grew by 9


St. Lawrence Seaway June Cargo Upswing at U.S. Ports

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U.S. ports throughout the Great Lakes uniformly saw increased tonnage in several cargo categories during the monthof June 2014, according to news excerpted from The American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA). "Salt, chemicals, and steel all posted excellent tonnage numbers through June


ACL Recognizes Safe Liquid Cargo Handlers

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American Commercial Lines presented Marine Environmental Stewardship Awards on Wednesday, July 16 in Houston, Texas, recognizing 35 customers for safe handling of chemicals, petroleum products and other liquid cargos. The customers recognized by ACL safely handled over two billion gallons of


Port of Antwerp Maintains Growth Trend

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  The port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2014. That is 2.7% more than in the same period last year, itself already a record year. Container freight once more contributed good growth figures, while liquid bulk too continued the upward trend.


GL Tests and Approves Stauff Filter Elements

Screw-in and plug-in filter elements of the SFK series are part of Stauff’s product range that is now available with GL certificate (Courtesy of Walter Stauffenberg GmbH & Co. KG)

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) certifies Stauff screw-in and plug-in replacement filter elements Stauff reported that a substantial part of the range of replacement filter elements in its SFK series (i.e. screw-in and plug-in filter elements in stainless steel or plastic design)


ZIM Reinforces Israel Express via Hamburg

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The North Europe Service 1 (NE-1) run by shipowners ZIM Integrated Shipping Services and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a liner service linking Hamburg weekly with Israel via the Mediterranean. Transport volumes have grown continuously since 2007, in all by around 21 percent


Integrated Composite Resins likely from Total's CCP & POLYNT

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  CCP Composites, a Total company specialized in composite resins, and Polynt Group, a provider of intermediate polymers and composites, are planning to combine to create an integrated composite resins producer that will rank number one in Europe and number three globally.


NYK Stolt Order Chemical Parcel Tanker Pair

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NYK Stolt Shipholdings says it has ordered two 12,500 dwt parcel tankers from Usuki Shipyard in Japan. NYK explains that a parcel tanker is a versatile chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and these two new vessels are the ninth and tenth vessel ordered


Syrian Chemical Weapon Neutralization: Final Stage

Chemical container loading. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks

One of the final phases in the dismantling of Syrian chemical arsenal has been completed at the Italian southern port of Gioia Tauro, according to multiple media reports. It took about 12 hours to tranship the 78 containers holding some 560 metric tons of chemicals that had been loaded aboard


Vopak to Divest from 15 Terminals

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Dutch oil and chemicals storage company Vopak said on Wednesday it would divest from 15 primarily smaller terminals and planned to cut capital expenditure by about $136 million (100 million euros). The world's largest independent storage tank operator has suffered from the harsh business


M/V Cape Ray: Last Stop for Syrian Chemical Weapons

The 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship M/V Cape Ray (Photo: MARAD)

As I write, the M/V  Cape Ray, a 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship is steaming under orders towards Gioia Tauro, Italy, to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals, before neutralizing them at sea.






 
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