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Singapore Establishes New Bunker Standards

Singapore’s bunkering industry will receive a boost with the implementation of a new national standard. As of June 1, 2007, all bunker suppliers in Singapore are required to be certified in accordance with the new Singapore Standard on Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (SS 524:2006), in order to renew their bunkering licenses. This was announced by Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport at the opening of the 14th Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON 2006).


TOTAL Increases Le Havre Options with New Barge

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  Total Marine Fuels has increased its bunkering capacity at the port of Le Havre and at the Port 2000 container facilities with the delivery of its new bunkering barge, FS Sara.  At the same time, TMF is also making low-sulphur fuel oil available at the French port for the first time. The double-hulled seagoing FS Sara has capacity for 7,500 MT of fuel oil and 500 MT of MGO, and is to start work immediately.  


BIMCO and IBIA Electronic Bunkering Guide

BIMCO, in partnership with the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), has launched a new bunkering guide designed primarily for use by ships’ crew. BIMCO Asia Liaison Officer Thomas Timlen, and IBIA Chief Executive Ian Adams released the BIMCO and IBIA Bunkering Guide on October 27 to delegates in Singapore attending the 16th Singapore International Bunkering Conference. A limited number of hard copies of the electronic guide were offered to delegates


Dubai Maritime City Authority Spearheads Effort to Establish UAE Bunker Standard

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DMCA focuses on key issues covering safety, environmental sustainability and dispute resolution in bunkering industry.   Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government entity in-charge of regulating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced that it is leading a new initiative that seeks to establish a professional bunkering standard in the UAE. DMCA has further revealed that it has gathered key stakeholders in the UAE bunkering industry


Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering Available in Stockholm Ports

Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries. A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering possible. "Our new passenger ferry, M/S Viking Grace, represents an environmental milestone, and the ability to provide LNG bunkering opportunities is a very important piece of the jigsaw in our


Dan-Bunkering Restructures for Expansion

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Bunker trading company A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. introduced a new organizational structure effective August 1, 2014. The company said the move was made to maintain its position, continue expansion in the marketplace and to accommodate a newly implemented strategy. “We must secure our position in the Asian region and look for further opportunities in this for us very important region. In order to achieve this, Managing Director of Dan-Bunkering (Singapore) Pte. Ltd


BP Marine and Houston Marine Team Up On Bunkering Venture

BP Marine and Houston Marine Services (HMS) are joining forces to begin a new chapter in ship bunkering in the western U.S. Gulf. Effective, April 2, HMS became BP's dedicated logistics provider in an area from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, La. BP Marine will serve as the marketing arm for bunker sales on behalf of the joint venture and will supply bunker fuel across a broad geographic area of the Gulf.


ExxonMobil returns to Gibraltar market

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has re-entered the Gibraltar bunker supply market, after an absence of two years. EMMF has secured availability of a full range of products, including fuel oil, diesel and gas oil, in Gibraltar. Iain White, business development manager at EMMF, says, " Gibraltar is a strategically important center for the supply of marine bunkers. We are delighted to have re-established our presence in what is a vital part of the Mediterranean bunker supply chain


FIS Makes Bunker Swaps Simple

London - Freight Investor Services has expanded its rapidly growing commodity broking business into cleared, over-the-counter bunker swaps. The new service – the Fuel Oil Single Swap (FOSS) - comes in response to escalating bunker prices, which are hurting shipowner margins at a time of historically low freight rates. The new FIS offering will include three fuel oil contracts: Singapore 380 centistokes (CST), Singapore 180 CST and Rotterdam 3.5% sulphur barges FOB


Shippers Take Measures to Limit OW Bunker Fallout

Shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment of bills for fuel supplied by the bankrupt OW Bunker, indicating the impact from the collapse of the Danish firm was spreading. OW Bunker filed for bankruptcy in November after losing almost $300 million in alleged fraudulent trading in Singapore, leading to claims by distributors who sold shipping fuel on behalf of OW Bunker but had not been paid.


IBIA to Hold Regional Forum in Gibraltar

The Port of Gibraltar will showcase its bunkering and marine services at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Regional Forum, February 24-27. The forum, which takes place at Gibraltar’s Sunborn Hotel, will include a workshop on bunkering; a session focusing on mega yacht and


GTT, Conrad Shipyard Ink Deal for LNG Barges and Bunker Tanks

GTT signs license agreement with Conrad Shipyard for membrane containment systems for LNG barges and bunker tanks   Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, GTT North America, has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with U.S


BP Remains Singapore's Top Marine Fuel Supplier

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BP Singapore kept its spot as a top marine fuel supplier by volume for the eleventh straight year in 2014 at the world's biggest bunkering port, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.  MPA does not specify the volumes each supplier sells


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


Despite Price Drop, Bunker Costs Still Hamper Shipping

The cost of marine fuel continues to be a major headache for global shipping companies.     Bunker fuel costs account for approximately 70 per cent of the total voyage expenditure for a vessel and ship operators prefer purchasing bunker fuel from ports where the cost is lower. 


Matson Raises Fourth Quarter Outlook

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Matson reports higher than expected 4Q14 ocean transportation operating income; preliminary full year 2015 outlook expected to be flat to modestly higher than 2014 levels    Matson, Inc. said it holds a higher operating income outlook for the fourth quarter 2014


Is Oil Price Pain, Shipping Industry's Gain?

Tumbling prices and oversupply may be cause for concern in the oil industry, but shipping industry it can represent a window of opportunity.   A simple statistical data can put things in perspective for you: Two out of every three barrels of oil that are transported are moved around in ships


Odfjell Announces Personnel Reductions

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In an announced effort to improve its financial results through a more competitive cost structure, Odfjell SE began a review of all aspects of its business model in May 2014 targeting organizational changes to increase competitiveness in the chemical tanker market.  


Blount to Build Bunkering Tanker for NY-NJ Harbor

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Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79x23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel, designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects


Tanker Oil Spills Notches New 5-year Low

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A new five-year low in oil spills from tank­ers reported by the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), as the average for 2010-2014 falls to 1.8 large spills per year.   During the year, ITOPF recorded 1 large spill of bitumen (over 3


Matson Lowers Fuel Surcharge

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Continuing decreases in bunker fuel prices has prompted Matson to drop its fuel-related surcharge by 4 percentage points. Matson announced it will lower its fuel surcharge for service to Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Micronesia, effective Sunday.  


Containers Profit Up Thanks to Low Slot Cost

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In spite of record vessel deliveries the container shipping profitability is expected to improve in 2015, driven by lower unit costs. The global fleet is expected to grow 7.2% in 2015, a faster pace than demand which is forecast to expand at a more modest 5.3%.   


Pacific Basin Issues Profit Warning

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 Dry bulk shipowner Pacific Basin Shipping announced a total of US$132 million (HK$1 billion) impairment charges on chartered-in vessel contracts and bunker fuel swaps.   The Hong Kong-listed company informed the stock exchange that  it took US$101 million provisions mainly


Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas

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Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine.   Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots


Singapore's Maritime Industry Reports Strong Performance

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Singapore continues to be the world's top bunkering port, while its annual vessel arrival tonnage also saw growth in 2014, according to advance estimates announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. The Port of Singapore maintained its position as one of the busiest in the world as it recorded






 
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