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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


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.   


Damen Unveils Next Generation RHIB

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

At this year’s Europort event in Rotterdam, the Damen Shipyards Group unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio: the RHIB 1050, a 10.5 x 3.35 meter multimission vessel designed to serve as an independent platform or as support for a larger patrol vessel.


Moore Boat Debuts 25-foot Outboard

Photo: Moore Boat

Moore Boat has introduced its all new aluminum 25-foot outboard, The Moore 25 OB.   The Moore 25 OB was designed in house and with the assistance of CDI - Band Lavis Division. The new boat is the builder’s first application of its patented Moore Boat hull design propelled by an


The Fate of Grounded Bulk Carrier Uncertain

Photo: eluniversal.com.mx

 There is no word yet on what is to become of the bulk carrier Los Llanitos, the 38,000-tonne ship that went aground near Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, during Hurricane Patricia on October 23, says the Mexico News Daily.   On Saturday, October 24


Chemical Container Blaze Restricts Brazil's Santos Port

Up to a dozen containers carrying chemicals caught fire at a terminal at Brazil's largest port of Santos on Thursday, restricting ship movement, representatives of the port authority Codesp said.   The fire at the container terminal operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja


Fire Hampers Ops at Brazil's Santos Port

Trucks carrying commodities and other exports were unable to reach the Guaruja side of Brazil's largest Port of Santos on Friday, a day after containers holding chemicals caught fire and sent poisonous gases into the sky. A port spokeswoman said access would be restricted while firefighters


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.


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






 
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