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Marlink Inks Deal with Neste Oil

Marlink to provide services to all eight Neste Oil vessels.

Neste Oil extended its VSAT services with Marlink while upgrading its network and on board satellite hardware. As part of the contract extension, Marlink is installing new VSAT antennas on all eight Neste Oil vessels whilst migrating the fleet to the established iDirect platform. The delivery, based on Marlink’s Sealink VSAT services also features multibearer support and the @SEAoptimizer solution, which is designed to enhance the efficiency of satellite data communications, optimize bandwidth utilisation and enhance the performance of web browsing and file transfers. The move to the iDirect shared platform is designed to deliver sufficient bandwidth for vessel operations and crew welfare, whilst providing competitive airtime rates and link stability. Four Neste Oils vessels will have a dual antenna set-up on board, to ensure uninterrupted communication during complex manoeuvres, where superstructure on board may block line of sight to the satellite. This approach provides uninterrupted connectivity that can support safety and efficiency during operations where continuous communication with the shore office is required. “We have a technology agnostic approach at Marlink, where our goal is to provide the most competitive, reliable and best performing connectivity regardless of platform,” comments Robin Hernandez, Key Account Manager, Marlink.  

Wärtsilä, Neste Oil Maintenance Agreement

The 106,000 dwt crude oil carrier Mt Mastera within the Neste Oil fleet will be covered by the new maintenance agreement signed between Wärtsilä and Neste Oil. (Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation)

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Finnish Neste Oil. The agreement covers both the main and auxiliary engines, delivered by Wärtsilä, for eight vessels in the Neste Oil fleet. According to the agreement, Wärtsilä offers maintenance operations, spare parts, including performance optimisation, as well as an annual visit of specialists to check the optimal operation of each vessel's engines under running conditions.  

Product Tanker Palva Delivered

The product tanker Palva was delivered today from Bordosplit Shipyard in Split. The Palva and sister vessel the Stena Poseidon, which was delivered from the same shipyard in January, this year, are jointly owned by Concordia Maritime and Neste Shipping on a 50-50 basis. Both vessels have been signed to 10-years charters with Neste Oil. The Palva was named at Brodosplit Shipyard in Split at the end of last year together with her sister the Stena Poseidon

APC Secure Contracts

Ohio-based Advanced Polymer Coatings LLC (APC announced recent cargo tank coating contracts secured for this year and 2003 worth more than $11.0 million. In addition, a further $14.0 million-worth of its technologically advanced polymer coating MarineLINE has been specified for the tanks of more than 25 newbuildings planned for construction over the next three years. The firm orders cover 20 new construction and in-service vessels for a range of chemical and product tanker owners and

Wartsila, Metso Jointly Develop Scrubber Systems

Wärtsilä recently signed an agreement with Metso Corporation to co-operate in developing and delivering scrubber systems for marine applications. Under the terms of this agreement, Metso is to supply the scrubber unit, while Wärtsilä is responsible for world-wide sales and integration, including automation, water treatment, and ancillaries. Both Wärtsilä and Metso have experience in the use of scrubber technology for land-based installations.

MESAB to Retrofit Tankers with BWT Systems

MESAB Module

ME Solutions of Tumba Sweden (MESAB) has received an order from Alfa Laval Nordic AS regarding retrofitting two ships with the Pureballast PB500 2.0 system.   The ships are owned by Frederiet AB in Sweden and chartered by the oil company Nynäs AB, which is a subsidiary of the Finnish oil company Neste Oil. The system will be installed in the pump rooms of the ships. All piping will be made of GRE type pipes. Installation is estimated to be completed January 2012

Nippon Oil Starts Commercial Production

Nippon Oil Corp. has started commercial production of crude oil at a reservoir in the North Sea. Maximum daily oil production at the Blane field, located some 260 kilometers east of Scotland's Aberdeen, is estimated at 17,000 barrels. MOC Exploration (U.K.) Ltd., a fifty-fifty joint venture between Nippon Oil and the Japanese government, holds a 14.0 pct stake in the concession, which accounts for daily production of 2,380 barrels of crude oil.

Oil Spill Experts Address High Density Oil Spills

Leading world experts in oil spill response have agreed a series of recommendations to deal with future spills of high density oil during the International Maritime Organization’s Third R&D Forum on High Density Oil Spill Response, held from 11-13 March in Brest, France, following the generous offer of the French Government to host the Forum. Large quantities of high density oil are carried by ships either as cargo or as fuel (bunkers)

Investors Ask Oil Companies for Risk Reduction Strategies

According to an August 6 report from Environment News Service, suffering deep financial losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and in response to a proliferation of deepwater offshore drilling for oil worldwide, investors have sent a joint letter to 27 major oil companies seeking transparency on risk reduction strategies for their offshore oil operations. Fifty-eight investors in the United States and Europe, representing trillions of dollars in assets

New STAUFF Mini Water Vac Cleans Oil Continuously

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The STAUFFMini Water Vacpurifies hydraulic system oil, eliminating water, gas and particulate matter. The purified oil satisfies the most stringent quality requirements. The STAUFFMini Water Vac dehydrates and cleans most types of oils such as lubricating, hydraulic, transformer and switch oils while it neither removes nor alters oil additives. The water removal process is based on pure vacuum evaporation inside a vacuum chamber at a maximum temperature of +65 °C / +149 °F.

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15

Shell Resumes Crude Exports from Forcados Terminal

Royal Dutch Shell has resumed crude exports from the Forcados terminal in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta following repairs after a militant attack, the Nigerian presidency said on Tuesday.   "The Shell Director, Mr. Andrew Brown, informed the President of the resumption of oil

Caterpillar CEO to Retire, Successor a Company Veteran

Caterpillar Inc insider Jim Umpleby will become chief executive of the heavy equipment maker on Jan. 1, faced with the challenge of reversing a multiyear sales decline triggered by the global commodities slump.   He replaces Doug Oberhelman, who will retire as CEO on Dec

German Shipping Firms Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: Sap Marine

 Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty today to an environmental crime in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden and United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.

Russia to Reduce Urals Oil Exports from Baltic Ports

Russia will export 2.9 million tonnes of Urals crude oil from the Baltic ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga on November 1-16, down 0.8 million tonnes from the same period of October, according to a preliminary schedule, seen by Reuters.  

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel.   Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is.    Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in

Antwerp Port Volume up 3.3% in 9 months

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The port of Antwerp continues its excellent performance, handling 161,671,573 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 3.3% on the same period last year. The container volume in the first three quarters came to more than 7.5 million TEU. This represents growth of 4

Shoreham Port, Arcadis win BB Award for Oil Seepage Investigation

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The Award, for the ‘Best Scoping or Operation of a Site Investigation’ was presented to Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port and George Flower, Technical Director at Arcadis at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last week.

Bumi Armada Berhad Names Its News FPSO

Naming Ceremony of Armada Olombendo (Photo: Bumi Armada)

Bumi Armada Berhad, Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services provider celebrated the naming ceremony of the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) last weekend. Armada Olombendo FPSO represents Bumi Armada’s largest FPSO and it will

Wood Group Bags Hibernia Deal

Wood Group wins multi-year contract on Hibernia in Canada Photo Wood Group

Wood Group has secured a five year contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to the Hibernia platform, offshore Newfoundland, from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).  The contract will be executed by Wood Group’s Eastern

Rotterdam Port Throughput Slips

Courtesy Port of Rotterdam Authority

Compared to the excellent first three quarters of 2015 (+5.4%), cargo throughput in the same period this year fell by 1.9%. The decrease was particularly strong in coal and iron ore. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Each of the different sectors in the port has its

IMO Climate Change Moves on Agenda

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) is this week discussing proposals to adopt a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption.   

Sembcorp Marine Posts Q3 Loss

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd. posted a loss in the third quarter, hurt by higher financing costs and a fall in orders due to weak oil prices.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15.7 million) for the three months ended Sept

Oil to Water: Impala Tugs Undergo Conversion

Photo: Thordon Bearings

The first four of 15 Impala Terminals Colombia-operated tug/tow boats have been converted from oil to water-lubricated tailshaft bearings.   Impala Zambrano, the first of 15 triple-screw and twin-screw push boats scheduled for oil-to-water conversion

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