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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


GTT’s Bunker Ship Concept Granted 2nd AIP

Image: Bureau Veritas

Classification society Bureau Veritas has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a 4,000-cubic-meter Bunkering Ship concept developed by France’s LNG containment manufacturer, GTT.   The concept, which has now received its second AIP following the one issued yesterday by Lloyd’s Register, is for a bunker tanker which could deliver LNG as ship’s fuel using tanks with a GTT Mark III Flex Cargo Containment system operating up to a pressure of 2 barg


Offspring Launches Oiltech Surge Protector

Photo: Offspring International

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.    


Parker Bestobell to Supply Valves for Canadian Tankers

Photo courtesy of Parker Bestobell Marine

Parker Bestobell Marine has received its first order to supply its cryogenic fuel gas valves for new build tankers. The two 15,000-dwt ice-class 1A asphalt and bitumen tankers have been ordered by Groupe Desgagnés of Canada and will be built at Besiktas shipyard in Turkey. The ships will be equipped with dual-fuel engines allowing them to operate on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and fuel oil, via 600 cbm gas storage tanks on the decks


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


Great Ships of 2016: Ternsund

(Photo: Tärntank Ship Management AB)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Ternsund - LNG fueled tanker with Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator Builder: AVIC Dingheng Shipyard Owner: Terntank Rederi AS   The Switch has been engaged in the maritime industry for only three and a half years


LR Awards AIP for GTT Bunkering Concept

GTT receives an AIP from Lloyd's Register for a 4,000m3 bunkering ship concept with a cargo vapor pressure up to 2 barg   GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that it has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification society Lloyd's Register for its 4,000 m3 bunkering ship concept, using Mark III Flex Cargo Containment system and operating with a vapor pressure of up to 2 barg


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


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


Grand Bahama Shipyard Stayed Busy in 2016

V Ships USA LLC Boston - CSL Acadian (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

Grand Bahama Shipyard said it enjoyed a busy 2016, performing repairs, refurbishments and retrofits on vessels from all segments of the commercial maritime industry   The Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) worked on 49 commercial vessels and 20 cruise ships throughout


Hempel Debuts Offshore Assets Coating Range

Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 and 17870, are being introduced to increase the service life and reduce on-station maintenance requirements of offshore assets Photo Hempel

Two new coatings, Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 and 17870, are being introduced to increase the service life and reduce on-station maintenance requirements of offshore assets by leading worldwide coatings supplier Hempel. The new high-performance pure epoxy uni-primers presented today (9 January)


Marcon Sells Ocean-going Tank Barge

Photo source:Marcon International PR

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington started out the New Year right with the sale of the ocean-going, combo deck / tank barge “PCC Provider” on 3rd January to Alaskan buyers.   The 5,451 mtdw, 250’ x 74’ x 19’ depth barge was specifically


US Ships Tanks, Equipment for NATO Exercises in Europe

Hundreds of U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment arrived by ship in Germany on Friday to be transported by rail and road to eastern Europe as part of a NATO buildup that has drawn Russia's ire. Two shiploads arrived in the northern port of Bremerhaven and a third was due in a few days


Boston Ship Repair Wins Navy Contract

Boston Ship Repair LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $17,244,435 firm-fixed-price contract for a75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Work will include clean and gas free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces


Great Ships of 2016: Milos

(Photo: SungDong)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.” Milos - Suezmaz crude oil tanker  


Great Ships of 2016: Sunray

(Photo: SungDong)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Sunray - First of Two Dual Class Tankers for TEN


Vessel Earnings and Global Fleet Trends

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Clarkson Research Services says market conditions across most sectors of the shipping industry have been highly challenging in 2016.   The ClarkSea Index, which illustrates the fortunes of earnings for the major commercial ship types makes fairly clear the fate of the volume shipping


Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

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Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of


NYK, KEPCO Agree to Co-own a LNG Carrier

NYK and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) have agreed to joint ownership of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier through a vessel-owner company shared by the two companies: NYK 30 percent, KEPCO 70 percent.   The vessel is being built at the Sakaide shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy


Bumpy Ride for Car Carriers

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The car carrier sector has been yet another part of the shipping industry to have faced challenging conditions this year, says Clarksons Research.   The focus has largely been on demand side difficulties, with growth in global seaborne car trade appearing to have gone into reverse gear


AET for Improved Crack, Corrosion Detection

Acoustic Emissions Wiring - George Wang Photo ABS

ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Structural Monitoring Using Acoustic Emissions. This industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET). “A primary goal at ABS is to improve safety without interrupting operations


Carriers Playing Poker with Ports

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Container shipping lines are in danger of putting future port investment at risk in their demands for terminal handling cost reductions, according to the recently launched Ports and Terminals Insight report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Gibdock Welcomes Back Thomson Majesty

Thomson Majesty (Photo: Gibdock)

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.   The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No


Vessel Oversupply to Persist in the VLGC Shipping Sector

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 High scheduled deliveries and low demolition prospects will drive unwanted fleet growth of very large gas carriers (VLGC) in 2017 putting additional pressure on freight rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  






 
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