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APL Joins Clean Air Program in New York Harbor

APL volunteered to burn cleaner fuel in every vessel calling at the ports of New York and New Jersey. The agreement is part of a Port Authority program designed to curb emissions in New York Harbor.  Under the plan, APL vessels will use low-sulfur fuel in auxiliary generators while berthed.  “We have been leaders in implementing clean-air measures on our ships,” said Gene Seroka, APL President in the Americas.  “Bringing this effort to New York Harbor is a logical step for us.” Earlier in October, APL joined a low-sulfur fuel program at the Port of Hong Kong.  It has long been part of similar programs at the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Port Authority will reimburse 50% of the added cost APL incurs.  Low-sulfur fuel is more expensive to burn.  But according to APL, converting to low-sulfur fuel can reduce particulate matter emissions 75% and sulfur oxides by more than 85%.   

EPA Approves Marine Diesel Additive

EPA approves ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6™, the only biocide that prevents bacteria and provides six other benefits.

ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 prevents bacteria and solves all other diesel fuel related problems - eliminates need for multiple products.   Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum, announced today that ValvTect has received formal approval for the registration and sale of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 multifunctional biocide diesel additive from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in all 50 states. 

Fleet Emission Credit Applications Available

Application forms for fleet emission credits (FEC) as well as a status of the terminal plan submittals are now available on ARB’s Shore Power website.  FEC are only applicable toward compliance with the At-Berth Regulation where fleet operators have chosen the Equivalent Emission Reduction Option—fleets that have chosen the Reduced Onboard Power Generation Option cannot apply for or use FEC. These forms are applicable to two types of emission reductions: 1) Use of either

Owners Warned: Pay Heed to Turkish SOX Regs

OW Bunker highlighted the potential safety issues that ship owners and operators will face in Turkish waters when new local sulfur legislation comes into force from January 1, 2012.  The ruling, delivered by the Turkish Chamber of  Shipping and the Turkish General Directorate of Marine Transport states that:  ‘…marine fuels whose sulfur content exceeds 0.1% by mass cannot be used as of 01.01.2012 in the inland vessels and in the vessels on the quay.’[1]

Maersk Leads Fuel Switch at Port of Virginia


Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia starting in February. This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Maersk Line is the lead shipping line to participate in the fuel switch program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Virginia

Colombia's Ecopetrol to buy Three ULSD Cargoes

Colombia's state-run Ecopetrol has launched a tender to buy three 280,000-290,000 barrel cargoes of ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) to be received June 3-28, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. This marks at least the ninth tender that Ecopetrol has held to buy fuels on the open market since its 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cartagena refinery started maintenance and expansion work in March that will stop its major units until the second quarter of 2015.

Update #38: Kulluk Anchor, Hull Inspected in ROV surveys

Unified Command confirmed the following information today: •    Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues. Two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys have been completed. The first was for the Kulluk’s anchor and chain. That survey revealed the anchor is firmly embedded with the chain buried near the anchor. No hard formations were found in the area surrounding the anchor. The second began an assessment of the Kulluk’s hull.

Exhaust Gas Scrubbers, Not MGO, for 'Pride of America'

Pride of America: Photo credit WikimediaTeh_tennisma

Green Tech Marine contracted to deliver four of its scrubber units to the Norwegian Cruise Line ship. The scrubbers will be installed in March during a dry dock in Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard. They will replace the ships silencers and clean the exhaust of four, 8 MW engines, in total 32 MW,  in what the manufacturers say is the biggest marine scrubber installation in the world at this time. Thanks to the small size of the scrubbers no valuable space for passengers or crew has to be

Ecopetrol Seeks Diluent Naphtha Cargo for July

Colombia's state-run Ecopetrol has launched a tender to buy a 170,000-180,000 barrel cargo of diluent naphtha to be received on July 10-18 at the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Caribbean or Barranquilla port, according to a document seen by Reuters on Monday. The oil company this month bought several cargoes of gasoline, ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) and jet fuel while its 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cartagena refinery undergoes a big expansion project to double its crude distillation capacity.

USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind vessel owners and operators to establish effective fuel oil changeover procedures during efforts to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The USCG said that several recent incidents of fuel leakages during changeovers prompted the alert.   The USCG cited multiple unspecified incidents involving substantial machinery space fuel leakages that occurred while vessels were switching fuel oil to ultra low sulfur

LNG Bunkering Market to Develop at 63.6% CAGR

Photo: Gazprom

 For shipping companies operating in emission control areas (ECAs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) represents an attractive bunkering alternative.    "The lower cost of LNG bunker fuel than other variants of ECA-compliant fuels in Europe and North America is the primary reason

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Image: GAC Bunker Fuel

 Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global bunker fuel market is likely to reach an estimated volume of 460 million tons by 2020.   

ExxonMobil Debuts Premium AFME 200


To help shipowners meet strict new emission mandates, ExxonMobil expanded its range of fuels for use within Emission Control Areas (ECA) with the introduction of ExxonMobil Premium Advanced Fuel Marine ECA 200 (AFME 200). The fuel joins ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 as part of a new category of

Port of Seattle’s Cruise Season Underway

Photo: Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.  

Babcock Noell SOx Scrubbers for Carl Büttner

Tanker AURELIA, Shipping Company Carl Büttner GmbH & Co.KG, Length 168 m, 24,000 to (tDW)

Tanker AURELIA, Shipping Company Carl Büttner GmbH & Co.KG, Length 168 m, 24.000 to (tDW)   The Würzburg-based Babcock Noell GmbH and the Bremen-based shipping company Carl Büttner have agreed to equip a tanker of the Büttner fleet with a BNG Scrubber for

MES Delivers Bulk Carrier Newbuild

Photo: MES

MES delivers next ship of its Eco-Ship neo60BC design, 60,000 DWT type bulk carrierM.V. Phoenix Rising   Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Phoenix Rising (MES Hull No

Fuel Efficiency: The Way Forward

Roger Strevens

NorShipping debate centers on the matter of ship fuel efficiency The Immediasea Shipping Debate Forum ‘Fuel Efficiency - The Way Forward’ was held in connection with the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, Norway, in June. Leading the panel was Mark Fuhrmann from Blue-C who invited leading

Preventing Loss of Propulsion After Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel

Capt. Jeff Cowan

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) ANNEX VI Regulation 14 requires ships with Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder use fuel with sulfur content less than 0.1%, after 01 January 2015 within the Baltic Sea area –

Sydney Harbor Imposes Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships

Sydney Harbor

  From 1 October, a new regulatory amendment will come into effect which requires cruise ships calling to use low sulphur fuel (01% of less) while berthed in Sydney Harbor. A second stage of the amended regulation, which will require the use of low sulphur fuel (0

To Scrub, or Not to Scrub -That Is the Question

Nicholas Confuorto

On January 1, 2015, the IMO Annex VI, ECA zone requirements came into effect.  Ship owners and operators are now faced with having to decide between switching to a lower sulfur fuel or embracing alternate solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) and LNG

Lock Closure Causes Big Losses on the Great Lakes

An aerial view from the upper approach to the Soo Locks. The locks from left to right are the Sabin, Davis, Poe and MacArthur. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

 U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers lose a quarter-million dollars waiting 20 days for MacArthur Lock to reopen   The 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan cost U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators nearly $250,000

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

  Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines.   Under the new program, owners can double the maximum oil change interval to 1,000 hours for Volvo Penta D9, D11, D13 and D16 engines by meeting the following requirements:

Long Beach Port Improves Air Quality

2014 Air Emissions Inventory

  The Port of Long Beach has surpassed every air pollution reduction milestone set for 2014 by the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, according to an analysis released today. An annual, comprehensive inventory of port-related air pollution emissions in 2014 found the

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