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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

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

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

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.    

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

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

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

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


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:

Tanker Rate Spike Dents Efforts to Store Oil Glut at Sea

Record high freight rates are creating more headaches for traders looking to house millions of barrels of unsold crude oil and who already face potential losses due to record high stocks.   They have to decide on whether to use tankers for longer term storage until they can sell their

Honeywell to Automate Finland's First LNG Terminal

The liquid natural gas terminal under construction in Finland. Image credit: SkanGas

 Honeywell has announced that it has received a contract to supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) automation controls and tank gauging systems for Finland’s first LNG import terminal.   The new terminal will efficiently supply natural gas to marine vessels and

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

American Club Announces 2.5% Increase

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

At its meeting in New York on November 20, the American Club’s board resolved to levy a general premium increase of 2.5 percent for P&I cover, but no increase in the cost of FD and D for the 2016 policy year. The club’s board also reviewed release call requirements for open policy

FSP LNG Containment System Construction To Begin Soon

Chairman Zhang Mi

  The joint venture group FSP LNG BV stated that it is taking the FSP LNG Flat Panel Semi-membrane Prismatic Type B containment system through General Design Approval (GDA) with the American Bureau of Shipping in Houston, and is projecting that construction of the first tank will begin at

LR Approves GTT Pressurized Membrane Systems

Lloyd’s Register specialists have issued GTT an Approval in Principle (AIP) for a membrane cargo containment system (CCS) for bunker ships to allow an increase in vapor pressure of up to 2barg.   The AIP follows a joint research and innovation program between GTT and LR investigating

EnviroLogic 210EP Approved for Thrustmaster

RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters.   With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions

GTT Debuts LNG Advisor

Courtesy GTT

  GTT, the world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), announces the launch of a new offer with LNG Advisor. Designed for LNGCs, it is a new boil-off gas (BOG) monitoring system during LNG sea transport

Altair's LNG Containment Concept Earns AIP from ABS

Classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Troy, Mich., based Altair for the Cubic Donut Tank System (CDTS) LNG containment concept. The CDTS concept is adapted from a patent first filed nearly 40 years ago. The principle behind the initial design concept is the

Triton 1650/3 LP Introduced at Boat Show

New Triton Submarines 1650 -Low Profile- designed to Fit in a Superyacht Tender Garage

  Triton Submarines LLC, America’s leading builder of personal submersibles designed for yacht deployment, provided details of its new Triton 1650/3 LP (Low Profile) submersible model at a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show today

Naming Ceremony of LNG JUROJIN

LNG Carrier Courtesy MOL

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today took part in a naming ceremony for the newbuilding liquefied natural gas carrier LNG JUROJIN, which is co-owned by MOL and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Bestobell Secures High Pressure Valve Orders

Photo: Bestobell Marine

Bestobell Marine has secured two orders to supply its new range of high pressure globe and check valves to be used in high pressure fuel gas systems on board ships.   The valves will be used within the pump and vapouriser skids for six LNG carriers that are being built at DSME shipyard and

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

Operations Continue for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

A responder labels a sample of product for analysis extracted from the Lake Erie Barge Argo Nov. 9, 2015. Photo USCG

Salvage operations for the sunken tanker barge Argo in Lake Erie continue as the Unified Command proceeds with plans for product recovery. Crews will start prepping the first tank this week for “hot tapping” operations. Actual lightering operations will not occur until later in the

Traders Prepare for Next Oil Price Dip

March 2016 would mark start of low-demand spring season. Oil traders are preparing for another downward turn in prices by March 2016, market data suggests, as what is expected to be an unusually warm winter dents demand just as Iran's resurgent crude exports hit global markets after sanctions

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