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China to Implement Emission Control Measures

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced that from April 1, 2016, vessels ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) emission control area (ECA) must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. These core ports are Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong.   This requirement is part of emission control measures that will be implemented in the YRD ECA in two phases:   In the first phase, which takes effect from April 1, 2016:  Ships ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less  Ships ‘at berth’ at ports in the ECA are encouraged to use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less, and  Ships entering the ECA are encouraged to use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. The second phase will be implemented dependent on the outcome of assessment of the first phase; the possibilities given at this time are:  Ships entering the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less  Ships entering the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less  Ships ‘at berth’ at ports in the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less. The exact details of how the measures will be implemented (i.e


Record Trading in Singapore's Bunkers Market

Photo: Singapore Ministry of Transport

Over $750 million worth of fuel oil traded 1st week of June. Trading frenzy leads to record price swing. Major commodity houses are betting against each other on the direction of fuel oil in Singapore, the world's largest market for shipping fuel, in a clash that has led to a record price swing and is set to smash monthly trading levels. More than $750 million of physical cargoes have been traded in the first week of June during an end-of-day pricing window


ALGAE-X Markets Fuel Treatment Systems

Algae-X International has acquired the exclusive North and South American representation for the patented product line of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Treatment equipment and Water In Diesel Emulsion (WIDE) technology. This CD92 product line is manufactured by SIT/Nordika GmbH in Germany. The SIT Homogenization and Emulsification equipment is based on technology for the treatment of heavy fuel oil, waste oil, & diesel fuel. It is designed to eliminates sludge and waste oil disposal


BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage, about 40% of its earlier-announced 7.1 million-barrel capacity, report Platts, citing sources close to the project and Gulf Coast fuel oil traders.


Diesel Engine Hybrid SOx Scrubber Japan's First

File picture CCL credt Keld Gydum

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) say they have jointly developed a "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines – the first in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that will take effect in designated emission control areas (ECA) in 2015. The system is capable of scrubbing exhaust gas from the combustion of fuels emitted from


YPF Tenders to Buy Fuel Oil for June

State-run oil company YPF launched its second fuel oil tender in April, this time to buy two 50,000 metric ton cargoes (some 375,000 barrels each) to be received in June and supplied to domestic thermoelectrical companies, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The fuel will be delivered to Cammesa, Argentina's electricity market administrator, while the 90,000 barrel per day (bpd) Campana refinery undergoes a maintenance to its key operational plants


EMMF: Fuel Sulphur Cap Alternatives Must be Developed

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF), a world leading supplier of marine fuels, has warned that alternatives to a pure sulphur cap on fuels need to be investigated, made workable and used, if serious pitfalls are to be avoided. Steve Walker, Global Technical Manager of EMMF, told the recent International Bunker Conference in Rotterdam that, while any move to ensure cleaner air should be welcomed, the current EC proposal for amendment of the Sulphur in Liquid Fuels Directive has yet to look in


Sunken Fuel Tanker Had "Dirty" Oil

Oil leaking from a fuel tanker that sank in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates while reportedly smuggling Iraqi oil was brought under control on Sunday, a UAE official said. The 3,500-ton Iraqi tanker Zainab, which sank on Saturday, was intercepted several days ago by the Multinational Interception Force that enforces sanctions against Iraq, an official at the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet said.


Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port

The biggest containership of the world – bunkered in Rotterdam

Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes. Sales of fuel oil stabilised – after falling for years – at 9.8 million tonnes. In addition, 100,000 tonnes of lubricant were sold. Cleaner shipping


Asia Fuel Oil Dragged Down by Crude Drop

Asia's fuel oil prices continued their downward trend towards new seven-year lows and at levels not seen since early 2005 amid a growing global oil glut that saw benchmark crude prices extend their losses for the 7th session and nearing their eleven-year trough. The contango curve for the more actively traded 380-cst fuel widened while its differentials deteriorated after Monday trading. Conversely, the contango curve for the 180-cst fuel oil narrowed and its differentials improved.


VLCC's Used for Asia-Europe Diesel Liftings

File Image: a so-called Suezmax tanker transits the Suez Canal (image: Suez Canal)

Total charters VLCC to move diesel from Asia to Europe; Vitol ships diesel from Asia to Europe in Suezmax. At least two companies are planning to ship diesel in bigger-than-usual tankers from Asia to Europe in what traders said is a rare move as cheap oil drives up diesel supply and slowing


Green Groups Urge Arctic Council Urged to Ban HFO

Supply ship. Photo: WWF-Canada

 Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem, reports  Canadian Press.   The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could


Norbulk Selects Parker Kittiwake’s Cat Fines Test Kit

Parker Kittiwake Cat Fines Test Kit for Norbulk Photo Norbulk

Parker Kittiwake, a leading global supplier of asset control and protection technology, has today announced a significant order of its recently launched Cat Fines Test Kit from leading ship management company, Norbulk Shipping. The contract was awarded to Parker Kittiwake following a competitive


Glencore to Lift Iranian Fuel Oil at Bandar Mahshahr

Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore has chartered a ship to load Iranian fuel oil at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr in a move that signals the return of legitimate Iranian crude and oil products to international markets. The Greek-owned vessel, Green Warrior


Ecoslops Sells First Recycled Marine Fuel

Press release - Ecoslops, the first company to develop technology to produce recycled marine fuels from marine oil residues (‘slops’), has announced that it has sold its first volume of marine fuel, as well as importing a new shipment of slops to its refinery at the Port of


Blount Boats to Build Chicago Tour Boat

Image: Blount Boats

Blount Boats, Inc. has been contracted to build a 100- x 35-foot steel passenger ferry boat for Shoreline Sightseeing Co., Chicago, Ill.   The proposed 300-plus passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel was designed by Seacraft Design, LLC, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc


ExxonMobil Introduces MFMS in Hong Kong

Photo courtesy of ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil announced it has introduced the first independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in Hong Kong, following introduction of the system in Singapore. The fuel delivery system can help save vessel operators up to an estimated three hours and $5


Lower Sulphur Fuel Requirements within Chinese Emission Control Areas

Courtesy IMO

  On 4 December 2015, the Chinese government announced that it designated the Pearl River Delta, the Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai Rim waters as the emission control areas, and the limit for sulphur content of fuel oils used onboard ships operating within the aforementioned emission


Low Bunker Prices Benefit Ship Owners in 2015

Graph: Poten & Partners

 As 2015 draws to a close and the Worldscale Organisation published the new 2016 Flat Rates, Poten and Partners goes through the annual exercise of updating Flat Rates in its systems.    This highlighted once again the significant changes in bunker prices that occurred over the


“K” Line Group to Implement “K” Line Wind program

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

 “K” Line Group (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha)  taking steps to improve our corporate culture and climate through the “K”-no-Kaze” (“K” Line Wind) program.  Additionally, it is prepared a long-term policy for environmental conservation—called


Two Incat Crowther Catamaran Ferries for Auckland

Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther reports that construction has commenced at Q-West in Wanganui, New Zealand, on a pair of additional 34m catamaran passenger ferries for Fullers Group Ltd. The new boats will be sister ships to Te Kotuku which was also built at Q-West and delivered in 2014.  


Parker Bestobell to Supply Valves for Canadian Tankers

Photo courtesy of Parker Bestobell Marine

Parker Bestobell Marine has received its first order to supply its cryogenic fuel gas valves for new build tankers. The two 15,000-dwt ice-class 1A asphalt and bitumen tankers have been ordered by Groupe Desgagnés of Canada and will be built at Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.


Port of Rotterdam Sets Record Throughput in 2015

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

 The Port of Rotterdam reported record volumes 466.4m tonnes in 2015 boosted by increased oil trade. Goods throughput in Rotterdam increased by a total 4.9%.   “Low oil prices result in high margins for the refineries, so they have large quantities of oil shipped in for refining


Kuo Oil Looks to Lift Two Iranian Fuel Cargoes

U.S. lifts 2012 Iran sanctions against three trader companies; Kuo Oil seeks to load two Iranian fuel oil cargoes. Kuo Oil, a Singapore-based oil trading company, is seeking ships to load Iranian fuel oil, according to a shipping broker report, now that it is finally clear of U.S


Spanish Court Sentences Prestige Master to Prison Term

Spain's Supreme Court sentenced the captain of the Prestige oil tanker, which sank off Spain's northwestern coast in 2002, covering thousands of kilometres of coastline in fuel oil, to two years in prison on Tuesday. The captain, Apostolos Mangouras






 
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