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New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md. The Fort Schuyler’s sister tug, the Kings Point, was delivered in April 2015.   According to Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes, “Working alongside another Maryland-based company to deliver safer and more productive working vessels such as the Fort Schuyler has been a great experience for Vane. Chesapeake Shipbuilding is helping us to further our mission of providing the highest quality service to our customers.”   Measuring 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet, the Fort Schuyler is similar in most respects to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane as part of the Chesapeake Shipbuilding contract. The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and operates with a single-drum hydraulic towing winch. "Soft‐core" panels and heavy, fire-rated doors are used throughout, offering the crew a safer and quieter living environment.   A first for Vane Brothers, the Fort Schuyler’s state-of‐the‐art wheelhouse features multifunctional Simrad marine electronics that utilize intuitive interfaces for heightened performance.


New Operational Structure for Van Oossanen

Netherlands-based Van Oossanen Naval Architects is continuing to trade under the name Van Oossanen. Van Oossanen will act as the Van Oossanen Group, incorporating Fluid Dynamics, Naval Architecture and Hull Vane BV, an independent company established by Van Oossanen.   According to Van Oossanen , the renewed business structure follows its growing activities for Computational Fluid Dynamics services in the commercial shipping market


Bunker Provider Meeting Concludes in Dubai

Photo: DMCA

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, announced that it has recently concluded the semi-annual meeting of bunker providers in DMCA’s offices. The meeting discussed the annual issuance of the DMCA certificate of authorization as well as various key industry issues, in line with DMCA’s commitment to promote public-private partnership in the maritime sector.


New Trader with Dan-Bunkering

Mikkel Søholm

The global bunker trading company A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. is pleased to announce that Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard has been employed as Bunker Trader as per August 5, 2013. Mikkel actually started his career with Dan-Bunkering already back in 2003 in the head office in Middelfart. Here he was employed as Bunker Trader until 2006, where after he decided to pursue a career in a different line of business, both in Denmark as well as abroad


Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.   The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane Brothers - equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic towing winch.   


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their freight rates. Fuel can account for more than 60 percent of the total operating costs of moving freight across the oceans so the surcharges are one of the most important elements of total


Veson Nautical Announces Imos6 Bunker Management Phase II

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New IMOS6 (Integrated Maritime Operations System) Bunker Management Solution Helps Enhance Voyage Profitability BOSTON, MA and STAMFORD, CT – March 21, 2011– At the Connecticut Maritime Association 2011 Shipping Exposition today Veson Nautical, the premier provider of maritime commercial management and trading software solutions, announced Phase II of the company’s IMOS6 Bunker Management Module. Veson’s newest offering helps professionals manage their overall


As Australia-Asia Trade Grows, So Too Does Bunker Use

OW Bunker confirmed an increase in demand for bunkers across the Pacific Islands, resulting from a further strengthening in trade between Australia, China, Indonesia and India and further growth in the domestic cruise industry. OW Bunker Australia, which acts as the OW Bunker Group's purchasing centre for the region, has reported that the Pacific Islands are experiencing an increase in demand for marine fuel as Australia's commodities markets and marine tourism industries continue on a


WPCI Launches Website Focused on LNG as shipping Fuel

  The website www.lngbunkering.org is launched that features Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel. The website is an initiative of the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group under the auspices of the independent, non-profit International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH). The website provides a detailed overview of the use of LNG as ship fuel and illustrates the technical requirements for ships, bunkering infrastructure


LNG America Selects Topside Designer for LNG Bunker Barge

Image: LNG America

LNG America has selected Taylor-Wharton to commence the front-end engineering and design work for the cryogenic topside of the company’s 3,000 cubic meter Gemini Class LNG bunker barge scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015. “Taylor-Wharton has been actively engaged in the development process and instrumental in helping to develop the critical path time line for a late 2015 in-service date,” said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America.


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce


IBIA Develops Bunker Course with South Shields Marine School

Training Courtesy IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association, (IBIA) has joined with South Shields Marine School at South Tyneside College, to develop a course unit on bunkering essentials for merchant navy cadets and engineering officers taking their Class one and Class two certificates of competency.


First Methanol-fueled Tanker Launched

Lindanger naming ceremony Courtesy DNV GL

Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger is the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine


Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

Photo: Vermont UM Bunkering

 Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port.    The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port.  


Gazprom in First LNG Bunkering at Rostock

Bunkering of M.V. Greenland cement carrier Photo Gazprom

Gazprom Germania GmbH, a subsidiary of Gazprom Export, has carried out its first bunkering of a ship with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port of Rostock, Germany. In the early hours of the morning of February 27, 2016, a ship was fueled with LNG for the first time in the southern Baltic Sea


IBIA Joins Trident Alliance for Global Sulphur Cap

Photo: IMA

 With the introduction of the 0.50% Global Sulphur Cap is drawing near and very little attention is being paid to how it will be enforced, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has joined hand with the Trident Alliance to share serious concerns about the future enforcement of


Excelerate FSRU Hits Milestone

The newly upgraded FSRU Explorer arriving at Jebel Ali LNG terminal. (Photo: Excelerate Energy L.P.)

Excelerate Energy said t its newly upgraded floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer recently completed its sendout performance tests and reached a sendout capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d – an unprecedented milestone for an FSRU.


Shell, Rolls-Royce, MAN Ink LNGi Deal

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled Ships at DNV GL – Maritime

DNV GL’s new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi) aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. Leading LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including, Shell


Maersk Deploys Weathernews Services

Photo: Maersk Line

Weathernews Inc., a privately owned weather company, will provide weather routing services, port forecasts and other weather driven risk communication services to Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers, for safety and bunker saving purposes.


Kang Joins Glander International Bunkering

Guyson Kang Photo Glander

Glander International Bunkering a global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering firm welcomes Guyson as Bunker & Lubricant Trader to the Singapore office.   Guyson joins Glander International Bunkering with regional expertise in the Asia Pacific region and has been in the maritime


Foss Maritime Sells U.S. Flag Tug

Sale of “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle Photo Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington informed the sale of the 1,700BHP “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington to private U.S. interests.   The 78.0’ x 26.3’ x 11.0’ depth x 9


Danish Investors Summon OW Bunker Parties to Court over Bankruptcy

File photo: OW Bunker

A group of 26 institutional investors has issued a summons against bankrupt Danish ship fuel supplier OW Bunker in the latest stage of a legal campaign for allegedly misleading them in its 2014 initial public offer (IPO).   The investors had said last year they would sue Bunker


Wan Hai Surpasses Maersk in Profit

Image: Wan Hai Lines Ltd

 The Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai takes the plaudits with carriers' operating profit margins according to Alphaliner’s survey of the 16 main carriers that published full year financial results for 2015.    The report shows that, Wan Hai is the most profitable container line


TS Taipei Grounding Spill Cleanup to Continue

 Debunkering efforts continue for the TS Taipei, which grounded off Shimen, Taiwan last month, causing a large bunker spill after the vessel fractured in the middle.   Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Chen Jian-yu said he hopes to see the removal of


Car Carrier Ocean Tango Runs Aground off Busan

Image: Busan Port

 A South Korean Car carrier Ocean Tango was grounded by a storm which battered Busan, Korea, on Apr 17.    The 2,736 dwt Vessel was docked at Yeong-gu area, reportedly fuel tanks were damaged with ensuing fuel leak.   






 
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