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BMT Achieves Strong Financial Results

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BMT Group Ltd, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced today that it has achieved strong financial results, despite a difficult year for the global economy and the maritime industry in particular.  A turnover of £142m provided the group with an underlying operating profit of £11m in the year to 30 September 2010, £5.8m of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share schemes.  Comprising 23 subsidiary companies, the BMT group has successfully focused on its core maritime offering in the organisation’s three sectors of defence, energy & environment and transport. Highlights included: the development of a new and innovative Fast Landing Craft design which met the demanding requirements set out by the UK’s Ministry of Defence; successful completion of the first sustainability strategy and management framework assessment for Guangzhou Development Industry Holding Co. Ltd, a major power company in the Pearl River Delta region of China; and partnerships with a diverse range of customers including the United States Coast Guard to provide Human Factors Engineering studies to address issues in the design and operation of equipment within demanding environments.  BMT has also opened new offices in India and Brazil to better support and grow the organisation’s core businesses located in these regions and acquired the Western Australia based port


“Old Ship” Fears Drive Tanker Markets Higher

North Sea crude markets held steady mid last week, as a combination of high freight rates and absences at industry functions subdued trade. Dated Brent was assessed near last deal done at April Brent +95 cts, with Brent CFD swaps for this week also in that area. Next weeks CFDs are seen around April Brent +90 cts. Institute of Petroleum week in London is keeping trade to a minimum, as are high freight rates caused by an exodus of older vessels out of Europe in the wake of the Erika spillage


WSF Cuts Costs With Oily Water Separator Refit

Washington State Ferries, a company that operates on routes with tremendous environmental concern and legislation, recently refit one of its ferries, Nisqually, with a bio-enhanced Oil Water Separator solution from ECP Service Corp. The Washington State Department of Transportation operates one of the largest passenger and automobile ferry services in the world, with 29 vessels capable of generating between 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of oil water in the vessels' bilge each month


New Telestacker Conveyor from Superior Industries

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Superior Industries, a manufacturer of conveyor systems and components, offers a range of barge and ship loading/unloading solutions with its TeleStacker Conveyor systems, which are custom-configured to meet the requirements of specific marine handling applications. While delivering the advantages of a lower capital investment, shorter lead times and quick onsite assembly, Superior TeleStacker Conveyor systems are an ideal and environmentally-friendly alternative to the use of labor-intensive


Fire-damaged Tanker Granted Bahrain Entry

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Bahrain's General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) grant Liberian-flagged 'Stolt Valor' permission to enter port for ASRY to carry out repairs The "Stolt Valor" caught fire on 15th March 2012 north of Bahrain. The fire, which broke out on board the vessel was completely extinguished by 22nd March, while the removal of all pollutants - both chemical cargo and fuel - was completed by the 29th of April, with no spillage during the transfer


Texas City Y Collision: Formal Casualty Hearing Notified

Aftermath Texas City Y collision: Photo USCG

The US Coast Guard informs that in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, it will begin a formal hearing at the Galveston County Criminal Justice Center Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. concerning the collision between the bulk carrier 'Summer Wind', the tugboat 'Miss Susan' and its towed barge Background On March 22, 2014, the Summer Wind was en route to the Port of Houston when it collided with a barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine


RINA Updates GREEN PLUS Notation

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RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals.   International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.   GREEN PLUS is awarded to new vessels that make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond


Cleaner Maritime Air for North America Comes Soon

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The North American Emission Control Area (ECA) under MARPOL Annex VI will become enforceable on 1 August 2012 On the operative day the sulfur content of the fuel oil used on board ships operating within the ECA may not exceed 1.00 percent m/m (10,000 ppm). Ships will be required to maintain and, if requested, make available to Port State Control authorities:     •    Bunker delivery notes (for vessels 400 gross tonnage and above)


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.


CNOOC: Two New Oil Fields Start Production

Hong Kong - CNOOC Limited (NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) announced that, Wenchang 19-1 North and Weizhou 12-8 West oil fields have recently commenced production. Wenchang 19-1 North oil field is located in the western Pearl River Mouth Basin with an average water depth of about 120-130 meters. This oil field has 3 producing wells and is expected to reach its peak production within the year. Wenchang 19-1 North is an independent oil field in which the Company holds 100% interest and acts as the


Polarcus Awarded 3D Project Off West Africa

Polarcus Nadia (Photo: Polarcus)

Polarcus Limited has signed a letter of intent with Perenco Oil & Gas Gabon S.A. for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.   The project, to be acquired by Polarcus Nadia and subject to the execution of a service contract


New Chinese Shipyard Launches First Ship

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The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel, Nordic Trym, is expected to be delivered to its owners, Nordic Offshore Supply Limited, in April 2015.  


Fighting for Ports Escalates in Libya

Military planes loyal to Libya's recognised government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country's two biggest oil ports, officials said.   The advancing force, which is allied to a rival government based in Tripoli


Shipbuilding: NAT Finalizes Deal for Two New Tankers

On December 9, 2014, Nordic American Tankers Ltd. announced that preliminary contracts had been entered into with a South Korean shipyard, for the construction of two suezmax tankers to be delivered in the third quarter 2016 and first quarter 2017. The final documents were signed December 19, 2014


Rosneft Achieve Commercial Production in Irkutsk Region Blocks

Rosneft acquired commercial inflows of hydrocarbons on the licensed blocks of Irkutsk Region

  Commercial inflows of oil, gas and condensate have been acquired in four exploration wells on Rosneft’s licensed blocks, which were handed over to Verkhnechonskneftegaz for operational activities on geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbon crude


Mermaid Wins Subsea Contract in Gulf of Thailand

  Mermaid has secured a 2-year contract for its dive support vessel, ‘Mermaid Commander’, to provide subsea construction support in the Gulf of Thailand for a repeat international fabrication and installation contractor whose end customer is a major international upstream oil and


EU Bans Crimea Investment, Targets Oil, Cruise Sectors

Measures take effect on Saturday; aim is to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.


Shell Resuming Nigeria EA Oil Production

Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it had resumed production of Nigerian EA crude oil and lifted its force majeure on the grade after completing repairs to a mooring platform. Shell shut down output on June 12 after weather damage to its platform, the company said


Bulker Chief Engineer Convicted of Environmental Crimes

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A chief engineer from the M/V Trident Navigator was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans late yesterday after a week-long trial, of knowingly falsifying the vessel’s oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)


Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

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An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions


Oil Prices Retreat from Short-covering Rebound

Global crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday, retreating from a short-covering charged rally as traders bet the market had not shaken off a six-month long rout on oversupply concerns.   Traders also cited a Bloomberg report that a port workers' union in Nigeria had ended its


Libyan State Oil Firm NOC Will Remain Independent

Libya's Tripoli-based state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) will remain independent, it said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to reassure foreign oil buyers it will stay out of the country's conflict.   Libya has two governments vying for legitimacy which have been trying to control the


Reports on Rosneft Arctic Projects

Artur Chilingarov

On December 18, Member of Rosneft Board of Directors, special representative of President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov made a report "Russia and Norway: Prospects for Cooperation in the Arctic" at the Fridtjof


Teekay Tankers to Acquire 5 Tankers

Kevin Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers

   Teekay Tankers Ltd. announced that it will acquire four coated Aframax tankers and one uncoated Aframax tanker for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $230 million. The five vessels, which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, were constructed in 2008


Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution






 
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