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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


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


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. 


Viega Names Debnath VP, Sales and Marketing

Sean Debnath (Photo: Viega)

Viega LLC has hired Sean Debnath as its new vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for overseeing and managing Viega’s sales, marketing, inside sales, customer services and customer relations departments.   Debnath has more than 20 years of industry experience


Stolt-Nielsen Acquires Jo Tankers

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Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers, consisting of 13 chemical tankers and a 50% share in a joint venture with eight chemical tanker newbuildings, representing an enterprise value of $575


Navig8 Receives 8th Interline-Coated Tanker

Courtesy NAVIG8 CHEMICAL TANKERS

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Tanzanite, a 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker, from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“STX”), the final 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-Coated vessel from the Company’s


Abu Dhabi Ship Building Expands Portfolio

Mid Osprey, a 140m chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation. Photo Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, has expanded its customer portfolio to now include chemical tankers. ADSB welcomed its first chemical tanker at the new drydock facility at Mina Zayed


25 Migrants Found Dead in a Rubber Boat

Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday 25 migrant men and women were found dead at the bottom of a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, and 107 survivors were rescued from the same raft.   The bodies were discovered late on Tuesday, an MSF spokeswoman said.  


Gulf Navigation Orders 6 Tankers from Wuchang

Dubai's Gulf Navigation Holding has signed a deal with China's Wuchang Group to expand its company's fleet, it said on Wednesday.   Dubai's only listed crude shipper said in a statement the agreement would help meet "increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other


Navig8 Tankers Add New Vessel

Photo NAVIG8 Chemical Tankers

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Stellar, a 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker from Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.


Furetank and Älvtank Extend LNG Tanker Order

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Furetank and Älvtank extend the order with two more of next generation Intermediate Product/Chemical Tankers with LNG propulsion. Furetank Rederi AB and Rederi AB Älvtank have added the previous order with two more newbuildings. Last year a contract signed by the constellation Furetank


Odffjell to Build Record Size Stainless Steel Chem Tankers

Kristian Mørch CEO Odfjell SE (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell has ordered four chemical tankers (with options for an additional four) with stainless steel cargo tanks from China Shipbuilding Trading CO., Ltd. and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., Ltd. The ships cost $60m each.   The 49,000 dwt ships, with a cargo capacity at 54,600 cbm


MAN Diesel & Turbo Sells First HyProp ECO System

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MAN Diesel & Turbo announced that it has secured an order for a complete propulsion package for a chemical tanker. The order is significant in that it marks a “world-first”: the package is the first to feature a full HyProp ECO fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system with PTO/PTH.


Rivertrace Appoints Bestobell-Aquatronix as a Canadian Distributor

Rivertrace has announced the recent appointment of Bestobell-Aquatronix as a Canadian based agent and distributor, bringing the number of agents and distributors added this year alone to six, in locations including Canada, the U.S., Philippines, France and Malaysia.


Oversupply Dampens Chemical Tanker Market

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Softening seaborne trade and rising fleet growth are expected to depress chemical shipping freight rates over the next few years, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Shipping Recovery Faces Supply/Demand Challenges

Photo: Maersk Line

The shipping industry faces a stormy road to recovery, with uneven supply/demand trends set to test the nerve of investors and operators, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI). Addressing the Hansa Forum in Hamburg, Germany this week


Authorities Approve Stolt-Nielsen’s Jo Tankers Acquisition

Stolt-Nielsen Limited said it has it received competition authority approval to acquire the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers. The acquisition is expected to be finalized before the end of November.   The transaction comprises 13 chemical tankers and a 50 percent share in a joint


Navios Buys a 2013-built Chemical Tanker

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today the closing of the previously announced sale of the Nave Constellation, a 2013-built Chemical Tanker of 45,281 dwt.   The vessel was sold for $36.4 million (net of commissions), of which $16






 
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