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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


New Risks Moving Crude Oil by Rail

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The rapidly changing landscape of crude oil exploration and drilling in the US and Canada, together with economic considerations, logistical issues related to pipeline transport, and the availability of new types of crude oils, including Bakken crude and various forms of bitumen, have resulted in a very sudden and dramatic increase in the transport of crude oil by railroad. “Unit trains” containing 100 or more tank cars are transporting crude oil through regions that have not


“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


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


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


Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

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Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast, particularly during the winter period.   The removal of the vessel, which was entered in North P&I Club by owner Alpha Marine


Damen’s Chinese Shipment En Route to Netherlands

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To maintain the continuous availability of its wide range of built-for-stock vessels, Damen Shipyards Group is currently shipping a diverse cargo of 16 new pontoons and tugs, as well as numerous modular barges, from China to the Netherlands. The latest shipment represents cooperation between Damen’s various product divisions and numerous local partners in China, the shipbuilder said. To perform the shipment, Damen mobilized ZPMC’s Zhen Hua 28


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


Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday. An accident with coastal tanker Trident Star caused the oil spill on Wednesday, they said.


Large or Small, Land or Sea, Every Spill Matters.

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There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental


US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper


Canada May Ask Far-offshore Drillers to Pay Extra

Canada may ask oil companies to contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars or more the country has to pay to an international body if they drill far offshore, according to an internal government memo.   If that happens, it could make the operations more expensive and strain talks


Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

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Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within


Monjasa Bags Credit Facility from Société Générale

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 Danish bunker fuel supplier and shipping firm Monjasa has signed a credit facility with French bank Société Générale for USD 80 million.    A statement from the company says credit facility is already operational


SCHOTTEL’s LEACON Certified Leak-free

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Following a technical update, the SCHOTTEL LEACON system has now been certified by classification society DNV-GL as a leak-free sealing system for the oil-to-sea interface. This optimized version has already been integrated in the ongoing production.  


Big Tankers' Need for Retrofit Slows Use of New Panama Canal

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The promise that some oil traders and brokers saw for an expanded Panama Canal to become a new route for large tankers will take longer to realize than expected because many ships must first undergo inconvenient retrofits to transit through the new locks, shipping industry experts said.  


MISC Enters Thai Offshore O&G Market

Pairoj Kaweeyanun, President of Chevron Offshore Thailand, Ltd., and Tuan Syed Hashim Syed Abdullah, Vice President Offshore Business of MISC Berhad, after the signing of agreement between Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. and MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited. (Photo: MISC Berhad)

    Energy related maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad (MISC) has made inroads into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market for the first time.   MISC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited (MOFT) signed a contract for


Singapore's SembMarine to Take Full Control of PPL Shipyard

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd said it had agreed to buy the 15 percent of PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd it did not already own for about $115 million from PPL Holdings Pte Ltd and E-Interface Holdings Ltd.   "This will enable the company to optimally manage the businesses


Russian Tanker Detained in Malaysia

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 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a Russian oil tanker Zolotoi Most along with 25 crew members for anchoring off Tanjung Piai without authorization, says a report in the Sputnik.   "The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has confirmed the detention of


MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

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The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017.   Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors


Iran Plans to Ship LNG to Europe

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 Iran plans to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Europe, Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Minister of Oil Bijan Zanganeh as saying.   Zanaganeh described Iran’s plan for gas exports to Europe saying “the main objective is to transfer the Iranian product in the form of LNG


State to Take Reins of Alaska LNG Project

Image: Alaska LNG Project

 Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer says the Big 3 oil companies are cooperating with the state’s desire to take full ownership of the AK LNG Project.   He laid out an ambitious list of “to-dos” the state needs to check off if it is going to lead


US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 8th Week in Row

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an eighth consecutive week, the longest recovery streak in the rig count in over two years, as crude prices rebounded toward the key $50-a-barrel mark that makes the return to the well pad viable.  






 
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