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AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets

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Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena.       AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic inland waters today, AEP is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and is primarily known as a barge company that provides transportation of dry bulk commodities throughout the inland river system. AEP River Operations is owned by American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. The current AEP fleet includes more than 79 towboats ranging up to 11,000 horsepower and more than 2,900 hopper barges, moving more than 65 million tons annually. Very soon, as AEP acquires a newbuild fleet of 20 state-of-the-art tank barges, that mix of equipment is about to change. In business for 41 years, AEP continued to grow over time, acquiring the barge line MEMCO in 2001, which was then combined with the River Transportation Division (RTD), resulting in the name change to AEP River Operations LLC in 2008. The company headquarters are located in Chesterfield, MO. AEP River Operations additionally has fleeting services in Convent and Algiers, LA, and a shipyard in Belle Chasse, LA. Crew and operations offices are located in Paducah, KY, and Lakin, WV. Dipping It’s Toe in the Water


Offspring Launches Oiltech Surge Protector

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Surge protection during tanker loading   Mooring and offloading systems supplier, Offspring International, has announced a rapid response, surge protection system for terminal loading hoses. Called Oiltech Surge Protector, the hose monitoring system offers a smarter and more sensitive way of detecting hose overpressure during tanker loading. If a pressure surge is detected, pumping operations are automatically shutdown.    


Great Ships - Stolt Sea, Stolt Sun

Astilleros Españoles Sestao and Juliana yards have delivered the first two vessels of an inventive series of six stainless steel product/chemical carriers, Stolt Sea and Stolt Sun, both of which have joined the fleet of Stolt Parcel Tankers — the world's largest operator of its kind. One of the most outstanding features of the series of ships is their capability of simultaneously carrying a wide variety of cargoes. Made possible by an extremely compartmentalized cargo arrangement


SRM Produces Innovative Three Function Tank Gauging System

Saab Rosemount Marine recently released a new innovative 3-in-1 tank gauging solution–groundbreaking technique for improved performance. The new 3-in-1 solution for level gauging, high level and overfill alarm in one single tank gauge unit has been presented for improved gauging performance and more efficient handling during loading and discharge as well as easier installation. All three functions are for the first time handled by the radar technique, sharing the same deck penetration


New-generation LNG Carrier Order for MHI

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) receives order for "Sayaendo" new-generation LNG Carrier from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines The ship offers significantly improved fuel consumption and maintainability through various features including enhanced ship structure efficiency. The ship will be used mainly for transportation of LNG for the Kansai Electric Power Co. The "Sayaendo" features a peapod-shaped continuous cover for the Moss spherical tanks integrated with the ship's hull


OMEGA Introduces Submersible Pressure Transducers

Omega's new products will be featured at the Sensors Expo and Conference, June 5-7 in Rosemont, Ill. Omega introduces its new series of pressure transducers with precision micromachined silicon sensor. The PX709GW features lightning/surge protection for amplified models, fused polyurethane cable, premium temperature performance, broad compensated temperature range, protective nose cone and standard or custom cable lengths


FEATURE: The Computer Invades the Pilothouse

by Larry Pearson Shipboard monitoring, sensing and control systems are in a transitional phase in 2002. Many of the newest vessels being launched today are using traditional monitoring systems with large alarm panels using banks of warning lights hard wired to 64 or more critical points on the vessel. These systems give warning if the system being monitoring falls or rises outside of the set point. "The problem is this method of monitoring doesn't give us the parameters the operator needs


New Positive Displacement Plunger Pump

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The new 10,000 PSI Model 1810 pump has been added to Cat Pump’s line of triplex positive displacement pumps.  This pump delivers a low pulsation flow of 3 GPM at 10,000 PSI.  The 1810 pump has a low unswept volume [minimal un-evacuated liquid remains in the pumping chamber] resulting in high volumetric efficiency.  The 1810 triplex positive displacement pump has a compact footprint for both portable and stationary installation. Applications include:


Orders Increase For Marine Dosage Systems

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Fuglesangs Ltd AS in Norway has seen an increase in demand for their dosage systems used on seagoing vessels. These systems are used by world-leading system builders (OEMs) and shipowners for several purposes, including ballast water treatment, fresh water treatment, exhaust gas cleaning, low sulphur fuel oil boosting and other. Various systems have been supplied to more than 20 ships and the orderbook is steadily increasing.


Verreault Navigation Dry Docks French Coastal Carrier

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France's Verreault Navigation sees the vessel 'Georges Alexandre Lebel' through its scheduled dry-docking. The Georges Alexandre Lebel was in the Verreault dry dock from July 30, to August 4, 2012 for various steel work and machinery repair and maintenance programs. In addition to sandblasting  and repainting the hull, the ship's starboard propellor shaft and rudder were dismantled, machined and replaced. One bunker fuel tank was cleaned by high pressure hose.


Devonport Workers Entombed in Submarine Ballast Tank

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 A pair of workers were sealed inside the ballast tank of a nuclear submarine in Plymouth, it has emerged, reports BBC.   Colleagues had mistakenly sealed the tank at Devonport base in Plymouth, where Britain's nuclear submarines are refitted


NSF Certification for PPG's Products, Coating Systems

Diane M. Kappas Vice President, Protective and Marine Coatings, Americas

  PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that four individual coatings and primers and two combined coating-and-primer systems have been certified by NSF International for water-tank applications. The new NSF certifications for PPG PMC products include


Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

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The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer


ABS Grants AIP for Jensen’s LNG ATB Design

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A Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell’s Arctic Equipment

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Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today.   BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire oversaw the testing to


ECOCHARGE Takes Significant Step

Frontal view of ECOCHARGE two-stage turbocharging system featuring 2 × TCR20 and 2 × TCX17 turbochargers

  MAN Diesel & Turbo’s two-stage turbocharging development project, ECOCHARGE, recently passed a significant milestone on its way to a successful market introduction. The company reports that individual MAN TCR20 and MAN TCX17 units – combined as a single


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

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An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


Marine Propulsion Technology: Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

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The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer


PPG Unveils NOVAGUARD 810

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Solvent-free product offers a single-coat solution for rapid cure and return to service, suitable for a wide range of oil products and chemical cargoes.  PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has unveiled NOVAGUARD 810, a specialized tank storage coating which provides outstanding resistance


Stolt-Nielsen's Results Show Bright Future

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  Stolt-Nielsen Limited today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2015. Net profit attributable to shareholders in the second quarter was $42.5 million, with revenue of $500.7 million, compared with a net profit of $38.7 million, with revenue of $487


Japan's MHI Bags Indian Oil's LNG Storage Tank Contract

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 Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has awarded a contract to build two football stadium-sized liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks at its upcoming Ennore LNG import terminal in Tamil Nadu to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Pvt Ltd (MHI) of Japan.  


RAstar Tugs Selected Again for LNG Terminal Support

RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal supportescort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide

  The Robert Allan Ltd. RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal support/escort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide, including terminals in the United Kingdom, Yemen, Mexico, Indonesia, Norway, and the United States


Crowley Bolsters LNG Equipment Fleet

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Crowley Maritime Corp. informs it has responded to increased market demand, acquiring 16 additional ISO tanks for its Carib Energy group that will be used to supply, transport and distribute U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America


Shearer Group Designs Bunker Barge

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The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) informs it has recently completed the design of a 130’ x 35’ x 10’ double skin bunker barge for an unspecified Gulf Coast marine fuel supplier.   The new barge design features below deck piping for cleaner and safer deck operations






 
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