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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


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


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


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


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


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


Scot Tanker Opts for MarineLine Coatings

Contract signing at Scot Tanker’s office in Istanbul (Photo: Advanced Polymer Coatings)

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has signed a contract with Scot Tanker, based in Istanbul, Turkey, for up to eight chemical tanker retrofits using the patented MarineLine polymer cargo tank coating system.   These eight chemical ships became available on the market and were purchased by


States Urged to Ratify Compensation Regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes

Pic: International Maritime Organization

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO), together with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), is urging its Member States to ratify and implement a key compensation treaty covering the transport


‘Choice Alliance’ Formed to Serve BWT Market

A strategic alliance between Choice Ballast Solutions and Drew Marine has been formed to provide vertically integrated capabilities within the ballast water treatment (BWT) market. The two firms have joined to form “Choice Alliance” which will provide ship owners with -BWT


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Under Pressure

Chemical tanker orderbook to existing fleet ratio (Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster)

On the back of low bunker prices and more new buildings to be delivered in 2016, chemical shipping freight rates for both contracts of affreightment and spot cargoes will be under pressure throughout 2016, as there are some new operators looking to break into the long-haul trade routes


Mumbai Port's 2nd Liquid Chemical Berth Inaugurated

(From L-R)  Ravi Parmar, Chairman, MbPT; Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways; Rahul Shewale, Member of Parliament and Yashodhan Wanage, Dy. Chairman, MbPT. Photo MbPT

  Mumbai Port Trust commissioned its second Liquid Chemical Berth at Pir Pau on January 13th 2016. The facility was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.  The second Chemical Berth is a modern state-of-the-art facility with four


Fire Hampers Ops at Brazil's Santos Port

Trucks carrying commodities and other exports were unable to reach the Guaruja side of Brazil's largest Port of Santos on Friday, a day after containers holding chemicals caught fire and sent poisonous gases into the sky. A port spokeswoman said access would be restricted while firefighters


Stena Bulk Takes Delivery of Product Tanker

Image: Stena Bulk

The chemical and product tanker Stena Imperative has been delivered from the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME), formerly Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in Guangzhou. The naming ceremony will be held in Hong Kong on January 26, 2016.  


New Industrial Director at Port of Rotterdam

Yvonne van der Laan (Photo: Marc Nolte)

Yvonne van der Laan will commence her duties as Director of Process Industry & Bulk Goods at the Port of Rotterdam Authority starting February 1, 2016.    Van der Laan will succeed Bas Hennissen, who left in 2015. She brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the


Stena Bulk’s IMOIIMAX Tanker Named in Hong Kong

Photo courtesy of Stena Bulk

The chemical and product tanker Stena Imperative was yesterday named at China Merchants Wharf in Hong Kong.   The vessel, an IMOIIMAX MR tanker, is wholly owned by Stena Bulk and was delivered a few days ago from the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME*) in


New Tank Cleaning Technology

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Statoil has found a way to make tank cleaning on supply vessels safer and more effective. M-I SWACO developed a new solution, and was awarded a contract with Statoil that is valued at around $55.7 million. This is the first time that M-I SWACO has commercialized the technology.


Alaska Oil Spill Response Policy Revised

The policy regarding chemical dispersant use for oil spill responses in Alaska has been revised.   The new policy for the Dispersant Use Plan For Alaska was announced Wednesday in Anchorage by the U.S. Coast Guard in coordination with four other signatory agencies of the Alaska Regional


LSC Shipmanagement Receives 3 New Ships

Photo: A/S Latvijas kuģniecība

 In the first half of this year, JSC “Latvijas kugnieciba” subsidiary “LSC Shipmanagement” Ltd (LSCSM) will add three newly built oil and chemical tankers under technical management.    The first of the three ships was delivered on January 11 – the


Ecochlor Selects Drew Marine for Global Resupply and Service Support

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Ecochlor signed an agreement with Drew Marine to assist them in providing logistics support for the resupply of their BWTS precursor chemicals at selected ports and harbors globally. In addition, Drew Marine will provide chemical storage at designated ports, delivery of the precursor chemicals


Atlantis Tankers Orders 10 Optimarin BWTS

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Optimarin has consolidated its position within the EX approved ballast water treatment (BWT) segment with a 10 vessel contract from Atlantis Tankers Group and its management arm Armona Denizcilik, the company announced. The Norwegian BWT specialist will now provide its solution to two newbuildings


Liberian Registry Reaches 4,000-ship Milestone

Scott Bergeron (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has reached a milestone with the registration of its 4,000th vessel – the 50,000 dwt chemical / product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin (d’Amico International Shipping S.A. group).   






 
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