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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


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

Photo credit MHI

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


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:


Moody's: Challenges Ahead for Asian Port Operators

Mundra Port. Photo: Adani Group

 Moody's Investors Service says lackluster global growth, weak commodity prices, high capital expenditure commitments and a liner industry struggling with overcapacity is testing the resilience of Asian port operators.   "While the rated port operators in Asia have scope for cost


MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay.  


Kooiman to Repair MTS Julius Rütgers

Photo courtesy of Kooiman

Eiltank Schiffart GmbH & Co KG has placed the order for the repair of the inland waterway tanker vessel Julius Rütgers Shipyard with the shipyard Gerb. Kooiman B.V.  Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands. MTS Julius Rütgers was seriously damaged after the explosion of some cargo tanks


Moody's confirms Teekay's B3 CFR; Changes Outlook to Stable

Courtesy Teekay

 Moody's Investors Service confirmed the ratings of Teekay Corporation ("Teekay", or "Parent"): Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") at B3 and senior unsecured debt rating at Caa1. Concurrently, Moody's upgraded the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-3


Enclosed Space Safety Rule Enters into Force

 A new regulation aimed at protecting seafarers who need to enter enclosed spaces, by requiring ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board, enters into force on July 1, 2016.      Seafarers may be called upon to enter enclosed spaces on ships to manage or


SPS Used for Pipe-Layer Upgrade

New top plates (Photo: SPS)

The 127,500dwt Solitaire has completed some of the most challenging projects in which heavy pipe has been laid in very deep waters.   Originally built in Japan as a mini-Capesize bulk carrier, the Lloyd’s Register-classed vessel was converted to lay pipe in 1998


MAN Turbochargers Round Millennium Mark

MAN ECOCHARGE arrangement on an MAN V35/44G TS engine (Photo: Man Diesel & Turbo)

ECOCHARGE principle drives improved engine performance through two-stage turbocharging.   MAN Diesel & Turbo has delivered its 1,000th turbocharger to two-stage turbocharged applications, the company announced.   MAN has a long history in two-stage turbocharging and first


GTT, Endel Team-up to Roll-out Membrane Containment Systems

The concept, design, components, erection and testing of the membrane tank systems provided by GTT

21 June 2016. GTT and the Endel company1 reaffirmed their collaboration in the area of LNG as a marine fuel, following the recent signature of a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems


Hess Denmark Renews Integrity Inspection Contract with DNV GL

Kjell Eriksson, regional manager for Norway, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

 Hess Denmark ApS has awarded a contract to DNV GL to provide asset integrity inspection management of its South Arne field including Risked Based Inspection (RBI) services and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection services.  


Tanker Contamination Claims

Pic: LOC Group

 One of the most common areas of bulk oil cargo claims is cargo contamination which occurs during the transfer of bulk liquid cargoes, says  Captain Paul D. Hall, Director, London Offshore Consultants, IUMI Professional Partner, LOC Group.  


This Day in Naval History: June 16

USS Monterey (CG 61) (U.S. Navy photo by Christian Eskelund)

1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A


DNV GL, SGN Join Forces to Deliver Innovative project

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Following a successful Network Innovation Competition bid in 2015, DNV GL has secured innovation funding from SGN to partner in a project to demonstrate the viability and practical reality of a mixed-source, energy-centric gas network for the future


Lloyds' Alert: Secondary Means of Venting on Tankers

Changes to SOLAS Regulations II-2/4.5.3 (Cargo Tank Venting) and II-2/11.6 (Protection of Cargo Tank Structure against Pressure or Vacuum in Tankers) adopted through Resolution MSC.392(95) will apply to tankers constructed on or after January 1, 2017.  


Second LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

(Photo: Leif Pape)

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second LNG-powered cement carrier, MV Ireland, to owners JT Cement, a joint venture between Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and Norway’s KG Jebsen Cement.   MV Ireland, along with sister vessel MV Greenland delivered in December 2015


DNV GL Performs First Drone Production Survey

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has announced  at the Posidonia trade fair that it had recently completed the first production surveys using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone. The survey took place on the MV Apollo, a chemical tanker owned by Carl Büttner Shipmanagement GmbH






 
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