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ValvTect Completes Fuel Tank Testing at 600+ Marinas

Fuel storage tanks at Certified ValvTect Marinas are tested for water, bacteria and other contamination up to twice a year.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse. To combat this problem, all Certified ValvTect Marinas must have their fuel tanks tested before they are allowed to sell ValvTect Marine Fuels and up to twice a year thereafter once they become a Certified ValvTect Marina. This testing, plus special hydroscopic fuel filters that are required to be installed on all ValvTect Marinas’ fuel pumps, helps to ensure boaters that ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel are free of contamination. Marinas that do not pass the test must have their tanks treated, cleaned and retested to be free of contamination before they can sell ValvTect Marine Fuels. Marinas that pass the test are awarded a “Certification of Contamination Free Storage Tank” certificate that can be proudly displayed at the fuel dock. “This spring we completed testing and certification of the gasoline and diesel fuel storage tanks at all 600+ Certified ValvTect Marinas,” said Jerry Nessenson, President of ValvTect Petroleum


Oil Recovery Ops in Houston Ship Channel

The oil spill responders continue clean up efforts today after the 458-ft tank vessel Chemical Supplier allided with a barge and spilled approximately 10,500 gallons of oil in the Houston Ship Channel early on Sept. 25. Responders, as of 5:00 p.m., recovered approximately 4,280 gallons of oil. The following resources are being used during the response effort: •    15,000 feet of containment boom (currently deployed) •    3 workboats


Washington State – Oil Transfer Requirement Training

Ecology field visits help operators understand new oil transfer requirements Washington companies and operators that transfer oil over water to non-recreational vessels got some unanticipated help this month on successfully complying with the Department of Ecology (Ecology) oil transfer rules adopted in September 2006. On March 8 and 15, Ecology staff made technical assistance visits to 65 oil transfer locations across the state


Coast Guard Awards Salvage Contract to Titan

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $3.5 million contract to Titan Maritime, LLC, of Dania, Florida to conduct an underwater assessment of the sunken shipwreck S.S. Jacob Luckenbach, and remove any recoverable oil discovered within the fuel tanks of the vessel. The shipwreck was identified in February as the ongoing source of pollution that has periodically oiled thousands of sea birds off the California Coast. The contract award is the culmination of an intensive evaluation and selection


Bill Introduced on Double Hulls

Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2008 (S. 2699) to require new vessels carrying oil fuel to have double hulls, and for other purposes. This bill, if enacted into law, would require new vessels with an aggregate capacity to 600 cubic meters or more of oil fuel to comply with MARPOL requirements relating to protective location of the fuel tanks and would provide for establishment of a merchant marine medical program.


CG Responds to Oil Spill off Savannah Coast

The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill approximately nine-miles offshore of Savannah after a tank ship punctured a hole in its double-hulled fuel tank during the deployment of the ship's anchor Sept. 27. The Singapore based tank ship, Stolt Vision, reportedly sustained a rupture to the starboard fuel tank located beneath the water surface while lowering its anchor at approximately 5:50 p.m. Sept. 27. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah conducted an over


Coast Guard Opens ICW After Fuel Dissipates

The Coast Guard opened the Intracoastal Waterway after the fuel that spilled earlier dissipated. Pollution Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur assessed the waterway and declared that there was no recoverable diesel fuel. Approximately six miles of the ICW was closed west of Lake Charles, La., this morning after a tug accidentally spilled diesel fuel while transferring it from its fuel tanks to its day tanks


CG Monitoring Oil Spill Off Savannah Coast

U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Mary Strauss

The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor an oil spill approximately nine miles offshore of Savannah after a tank ship damaged its double-hulled fuel tank during the deployment of the ship's anchor Sept. 27. The Singapore-based tank ship, Stolt Vision, reportedly sustained a rupture to the starboard fuel tank located beneath the water surface while lowering its anchor at approximately 5:50 p.m. Sept. 27 A first light over flight conducted by an Air Station Savannah HH-65 helicopter crew


Gibdock Repairs Collision Damaged Cargo Ship

A collision involving the three-year-old multipurpose general cargo/container vessel Ems, owned by Werse Schiffahrts of Münster, Germany, recently brought a new customer to Gibdock, the Gibraltar-based ship repair yard. The 308 ft long, 5500dwt Ems (formerly the Buluklu and Rhone) - delivered in 2007 by the Torgem yard in Turkey - was alongside in the port of Montril, near Almeria, Spain, when the vessel was struck by the bulbous bow of the ferry Ace 2, formerly Euroferry Atlantica


Disabled Tankship 'Pine Galaxy' Arrives San Francisco

Pine Galaxy: File photo

According to the US Coast Guard, the disabled mixed-products tanker 'Pine Galaxy' has arrived in San Francisco for repairs. Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response Boat — Medium. The Pine Galaxy will undergo repairs and inspection at a shipyard in San Francisco. There are no reports of damage to the ship’s cargo tanks


Vittoria Shipyard's Interceptor 43' at Seafuture

Photo: Franco Ortolani

Vittoria Shipyard, which specializes in the construction of paramilitary, commercial and passenger vessels of up to 100 meters, will in 2016 take part for the first time in Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, which is to be held at the Military Arsenal in La Spezia from May 24-27, 2016


WSS: Post-combustion Fuel Treatment Cuts Vessel Costs, Risk

Exhaust gas boilers (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a provider of products and services to the shipping industry, is advising vessel operators to wage war on soot. According to WSS, soot accumulation in a ship’s exhaust gas boiler (EGB) is a serious issue, leading to reduced EGB efficiency, significant cleaning costs


Freighter Runs Aground in Lake Superior

Two freighters transit upbound the Soo Locks past the safety zone established by the U.S. Coast Guard around the motor vessel Roger Blough near Gros Cap Reefs Light, May 30, 2016 in Lake Superior. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

The U.S. Coast Guard informs it is continuing to monitor and respond to the 833-foot U.S. cargo vessel Roger Blough, which ran aground Friday afternoon on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.   The chance of a fuel spill is minimal and flooding on the vessel is stable


LNG-Fueled Vessels Go Big with 'Project Forward'

Project Forward (Photo: Deltamarin)

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has teamed up with partners Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and Wärtsilä in the “Project Forward” joint development project (JDP) to develop a dry bulk carrier concept that employs LNG


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


Sunken Tug to Be Removed in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard received approval for removal and destruction of tugboat Challenger under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWCPA).   An incident command will be established and operations will begin Monday, February 1, to manage the removal of the tugboat that sank in


Sidestepping the Sludge

Photo: WSS

Preventing the formation of paraffin wax in low sulphur fuels   Ultra low sulphur fuels may be the key to compliant operations in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), but they can also open the door to an unwanted, and slimy, guest in your vessels’ engines and fuel tanks


Fuel Spill on the Mississippi River

A vessel transiting Lock and Dam 27 on the Mississippi River near Granite City, Mo. was reportedly damaged, rupturing a fuel tank and leading to a fuel spill, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   As a result of the spill, the Mississippi River is closed at Lock and Dam 27 until cleanup


Ship Runs Aground in Columbia River

Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

 A 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Sparna ran aground early Monday morning in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The Sparna has taken on water in void spaces


Damaged Bulker Refloated in the Columbia River

A pair of tugs support the 623-foot motor vessel Sparna under the Lewis and Clark Bridge while transiting to a pier in Kalama,Wash., March 23, 2016. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portland also escorted the Sparna enforcing a 100-yard safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read.)

A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier


Future Marine Fuels: BioFuels in Focus

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine

It is predicted that biofuels will make up 5-10% of the global marine fuel mix by 2030 – meaning that biofuels will represent a crucial role in creating a low-emission future for shipping.    In the wake of COP 21 and in advance of any subsequent IMO ruling on the environment


Pioneering Container Feeder Vessel Designs

ECX-3800 3800 TEU Feeder Vessel (Image: KNUD E. HANSEN)

The Danish naval architect company KNUD E. HANSEN has recently been developing a number of container feeder vessel designs. Each of the designs presents a series of innovations as part of a solution tailored to specific requirements.  


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.   


ASIS's 7.5m RIBs Get Their Sea Legs

Photo: ASIS Boats

ASIS Boats announced the completion of the first of the new production series 7.5m Asis RIBs to be equipped with Sealegs System 60 amphibious technology.   The 7.5m Asis Midi will include the two-wheel drive and automatic braking systems as well as power steering and high quality


Marine Fuel Tank Sweeper

#9040PN Marine Fuel Tank Sweeper (Image: Innovative Products of America)

A complete turnkey solution for fuel transferring and pulling contaminants from tanks and bilges in boats, yachts and storage tanks   The #9040PN Marine Fuel Tank Sweeper from Innovative Products of America (IPA) removes water, impurities and sludge from fuel tanks and bilges






 
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