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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

EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

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EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in operational management, human resources management, strategic planning and process improvement.  A graduate of Occidental College

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

Boat capsizes in Philippines, 7 dead

Image: The Philippine Coast Guard

 A pump boat carrying about 36 passengers  and five crew memberscapsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait  in central Philippines at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18).   According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), the passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized in a storm, leaving seven dead and two others missing.   "MB Tawash left Iloilo with 36 passengers and five crew members going to Guimaras when it was suddenly blown by strong winds in

Unitor Chemicals Now Wilhelmsen Chemicals


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

Tanker Charter Rates Under Pressure

Graph: Drewry

 Time charter rates in the smaller chemical tanker vessel sizes are expected to remain stable over the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, will decline due to the impact of falling clean petroleum products (CPP) freight rates, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Weakened chemical tanker freight rates in the second quarter of 2016 have resulted in softer time charter rates. 

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

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

China Planning $100 bln Merger of Sinochem, ChemChina

Photo: Sinochem Group

 Chinese state-owned chemical companies Sinochem Group and ChemChina are in discussions about a possible merger to create a chemicals, fertilizer and oil giant with almost $100 billion in annual revenue, reports Reuters.   The deal was reportedly proposed by China’s central

Ellicott Tallies Three Custom Dredger Contracts

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Ellicott Dredges, LLC announced contracts for three new custom-designed dredges, all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2017.   In the first instance a major international chemical company selected Ellicott to build a custom electric bucketwheel dredge to mine salt in a very hard

Navig8 Cancels Five Newbuildings at STX

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Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. announced that it has cancelled contracts to construct five IMO2 49,000 DWT Interline-coated medium range tankers at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. which were to be delivered during 2017. Contracts ordering the cancelled vessels were previously announced

Sirius Orders Two Oil/Chemical Tankers

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Sirius Shipping AB has ordered two oil/chemical tankers with the latest technology and in compliance with future rules and regulations, such as Tier III, at Avic Dingheng shipyard.   This is the 5th project that FKAB signes in less than a year, on a tanker project

U.S. Shale Gas Shipment to Arrives in Britain

The first shipment of gas fracked from U.S. shale will arrive in Britain next week, upping pressure on Scotland to reassess its opposition to fracking.   Chemicals giant Ineos will be importing ethane, obtained from rocks fractured at high pressure

Navig8 Inks Sale and Leaseback Deal with SBI

Courtesy Navig8 Chemical Tankers

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with subsidiaries of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc (“SBI”) for two 25

Govt Asks Mumbai Port to Compete with Private Ports

Photo: Mumbai Port Trust

 Mumbai Port Trust needs to bring about administrative reforms to develop ability to compete with the private ports, said Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya on an inspection visit to Mumbai Port Trust. 

WE's Direct-drive PM Shaft Generator Solutions for New Chemical Tankers

A 17,500 dwt chemical tanker owned by Rederiet Stenersen AS of Bergen, Norway. (Image: Rederiet Stenersen)

Energy efficiency solution provider WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its direct-drive permanent magnet (PM) shaft generator solution to a series of two 17,500 DWT IMO class II chemical tankers, with an option for two more.  

NACD Selects ABS Quality Evaluations as Verifier

ABS QEs leading certification process has proven invaluable to organizations in a wide range of industries

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), a subsidiary of ABS Group, has been selected as a third-party verifier by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners

MN100: Alternative Marine Technologies

Robert Kunkel (Photo: Alternative Marine Technologies)

The Company: Established in 2007, Alternative Marine Technologies (Amtech) has been a leader in design and construction of alternative energy propulsion solutions aboard several series of vessels, built both domestically and abroad. With 23 employees, the firm continues to grow.  

Royal Navy Warship Goes to Libya

RFA Mounts Bay (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

 The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have announced.   Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed

BV Classes First LNG-fuel Oil/Chemical Tanker

LNG-fuel oilchemical tanker built by Avic for Terntank Rederi AS

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has classed the first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker, the 15,000 dwt Ternsund, built under BV class at Avic Dingheng, China and delivered to Denmark’s Terntank Rederi at the end of June 2016

South Asia Meet on Oil, Chemical Spill Contingency Plan

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 A meeting to update South Asia’s regional plan for oil and chemical pollution preparedness and response is underway in Male, Maldives (22-25 August), informs  International Maritime Organization (IMO).   Senior officials from Bangladesh, India, Maldives

RS Fosters Cooperation with Palmali

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Palmali Shipping Company have signed a set of five-year agreements based on which RS will render the whole range of services on classification and statutory surveys of ships.    Subject of the agreements concluded are 49 ships (oil tankers

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