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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

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


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


New Water Maker Launched for Maritime Market

ACO Marine WM3 water maker (Photo: ACO Marine)

Wastewater treatment systems specialist ACO Marine has launched a new water recovery system that gives vessel owners greater capacity to reuse the treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants.   The ACO Water Maker WM3 converts treated wastewater into pure distilled technical water for


Senesco Invests in New Welding System

PEMA WeldControl 200 Create (Image courtesy of PEMA)

Senesco Marine Shipyard on the U.S. northeast coast has invested in a more productive and efficient welding system, concluding a deal with Pemamek to deliver a PEMA Welding Portal for the welding of double bottoms and subassemblies.  


LBC Tank Terminals, Rotterdam Port Invest in New Jetty

Construction of the new jetty at the LBC terminal  LBC-Rotterdam has been proposed

  The Port of Rotterdam and the independent storage company LBC Tank Terminals have reached a long term agreement for the construction of a new jetty at the LBC terminal in Botlek, Rotterdam. ‘This new jetty is the first and a very important step in the expansion of our terminal in


RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Polices new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

  RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations.  


ExxonMobil Earns $32.5 Bi in 2014

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ExxonMobil Mobil Corporation earned $32.5 Bi in 2014   Highlights:        


Intertek Invests $1.8m in Corrosion Test Facility

Intertek has invested $1.8m expanding its center of excellence for corrosion testing services to meet growing demand for asset life extension solutions in the oil and gas industry.     The expansion, which has been driven by major new contract awards worth around $1


IMOIIMAX Stena Impression named in Singapore

The naming ceremony (Photo by Kristofer Hultén)

The first of Stena Bulk's $400M, ten-vessel order was named in Singapore yesterday. The Stena Impression is a IMOIIMAX 50,000 DWT MR chemical tanker owned by Stena Bulk and Indonesian's Golden Agri Resources (GAR). The ten ordered vessels will be operated by Stena Weco and will trade within the


Chemical-free BallastMaster Certified by DNV GL

Photo courtesy: GEA Westfalia Separator Group

The GEA Westfalia Separator Group received Class Approval from the DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd) in December 2014 for its ballast water management system BallastMaster ultraV 250. With this system, the chemical-free system solution for ballast water treatment fulfils all current


Seafarers Set Adrift in Liferafts After Hijack

Seafarers Set Adrift After Hijack

  Fourteen Indonesian seafarers were found adrift in life rafts after their tanker was hijacked by pirates. The pirates left the crew in the life rafts and sailed off in the tanker. The crew were physically unharmed. The seafarers were found on 31st January near Indonesia’s Lembeh


Founder Stolt-Nielsen Passes Away

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, 83, passed away today in the company of his family at his home in Oslo.   An entrepreneur and visionary of boundless enthusiasm and energy, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen founded Parcel Tankers, Inc. in 1959 and pioneered the global trade for liquid chemicals


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the


Refinery Strike Affects One-Fifth of U.S. Capacity

The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Sources familiar with the negotiations said talks may resume by mid-week to end the walkout by 6


Wärtsilä BWM Systems for Chemical Tankers

(Image: Wärtsilä)

  A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers, currently under construction in Asia, will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) each of which is certified for explosion proof (EX) requirements


Vancouver Port Fire Leads To Evacuation

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 A chemical fire at a Vancouver container terminal led to a partial evacuation of Canada’s largest port for several hours Wednesday afternoon, as a cloud of white smoke drifting over the city prompted health warnings and road closures, says Canadian Press.  


Tank Coating for Navig8 Chemical Carrier Newbuilds

Photo: AkzoNobel

Shipowner Navig8 is progressing application of Interline9001, an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel’s International marine coating product range, on a series of 18 chemical tankers currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea.   






 
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