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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


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


ICS Publishes Chemical Tanker Safety Guide

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

A fully updated edition of the definitive industry guidance on the safe operation of chemical tankers has just been published by the shipping industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).   The new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) replaces the previous edition issued in 2002. ICS recommends that a copy is carried on board every tanker engaged in the carriage of chemical cargoes


Sino-Global to Acquire Tanker

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  Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. a shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company, today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU"), between the Company and Rong Yao International Shipping Limited


Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy of Bibby)

Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K


Crowley Awards Scholarships to SUNY Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2014 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for three students of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. The recipients, who each sailed with Crowley during their studies


Stolt-Nielsen Q4 Profit Misses Forecast

A Stolt Tanker underway (Stolt-Nielson)

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


WSS Launches New Cleaning Solutions

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has developed a new range of marine cleaning solutions which aim to assist seafarers in meeting standards for safe and hygienic working practices at sea. The Unitor EasyClean Galley and Accommodation range allows shipowners the flexibility to choose the most


Founder Retires From Stolt-Nielsen BoD

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Stolt-Nielsen Limited has announced that Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, the visionary entrepreneur who founded the company in 1959, will retire from the SNL Board of Directors effective December 15, 2014, thus formally concluding his career at the company, 55 years to the date of its founding


WSS' Adjusted Pricing From 1st Jan

Thomas Smordalen of WSS

  From 1 January 2015, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will increase prices on all products and services by the OECD* global average inflation rate of 1.9%. “In order to consistently deliver quality products and dependable services throughout our global network it is necessary to


CVCFL Acquires Stakes in ATAEI

Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited picked up 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd

  Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf


Odfjell Announces Personnel Reductions

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In an announced effort to improve its financial results through a more competitive cost structure, Odfjell SE began a review of all aspects of its business model in May 2014 targeting organizational changes to increase competitiveness in the chemical tanker market.  


Canbank Venture Acquires Stakes in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering

(L to R)MS. RAGINI RANJAN (DIRECTOR, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. RAKESH RANJAN (MD, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. S.THIRUVADI (MD, CANBANK VENTURE CAPITAL FUND)

  Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf


EPA Proposes Changes to Oil Spill Response Plan

Mathy Stanislaus (Photo: EPA)

Agency proposes amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to


BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business


Chemical Tanker Turned OSV

In its former life, Uksnoy Shipping’s seismic support vessel Rig Adromeda was a Turkish-built chemical tanker,  converted to an Offshore Service Vessel with a twist: an innovative permanent-magnet propulsion system from Inpower. (Photo courtesy Uksnoy Shipping)

With innovation in its Norwegian DNA, Uksnoy Shipping took a chemical tanker and made it into an Offshore Service Vessel with an innovative propulsion system. The conversion of a Turkish-made chemical tanker and its retrofitting with a promising new energy-saving propulsion system in 2013


New Chemical Handling Service from Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group’s Gap Ridge Chemical handling facilities. (Photo: Ferguson Group)

Tank, Fluid Solutions and Bunded Storage for Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Introduced at Gap Ridge, Karratha.    Ferguson Group Australia, global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules


Britain to Ban Fracking in National Parks

Britain said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had called for tighter controls to be written into law.   "We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks






 
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