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

Image: IOC

 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.   "We have received an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) order from Indian Oil  to construct two LNG storage tanks. The LNG tanks will be the main facility at the first LNG receiving terminal to be constructed on India's east coast. This is also the first LNG storage tank order that MHI has received from India. Construction of the tanks is slated to begin in July of this year; completion is scheduled for the spring of 2018," says a statement from MHI.   The ordered LNG tanks are high-capacity storage tanks capable of holding 180,000m3 each and will be installed at an LNG terminal that IndianOil will build near Ennore port, approximately 25 kilometers north of Chennai on the Bay of Bengal.    LNG imported to the terminal will be supplied as feedstock to fertilizer plants, and to utility company power generation plants for use as an alternative fuel. Plans also call for the use of LNG as city gas in urban areas in the future. The terminal will initially have the capacity to handle five million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA), expanding to 15 MMTPA in the future.  


Hurricane Pollution Recovery Ops Update

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, federal, state, local and industry personnel continue to work together to conduct pollution recovery operations to mitigate further damage to the environment. The following industries are continuing pollution recovery operations: Murphy Oil Corporation, near Chalmette, La.: - Estimated 819,000 gallons of oil have been discharged, with the vast majority contained within the existing secondary containment unit located on refinery property


Isbre Signs Contract With Jo Tankers

According to reports, Isbre Holding Corp. said that it has entered into a contract with Jo Tankers, for bulk transportation of Isbre Norwegian glacier spring water. Isbre's water will be extracted directly from its spring source in Osa, Norway. It will be loaded in bulk into cargo tanks on Jo Tankers vessels, and transported to special water storage tanks at Isbre's first bottling plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Distribution arrangements covering Canada, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware


Houston Ship Channel Closed By Beef Fat Spill

According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, the northern end of the Houston Ship Channel was closed Jan. 4 after some 15,000 gallons of beef fat spilled into the waterway from a ruptured storage tank. In all, about 250,000 gallons of beef tallow spilled from a land-based tank owned by privately held agricultural product firm Jacob Stern and Sons Inc. The 15,000 gallons of fat that reached the waterway did so via storm drains.


Odfjell Terminals, Rotterdam, to Step Up Tank Storage Safety

Odfjell Terminals, Rotterdam (OTR) present a plan to relevant aurthorities to address safety concerns in the short term & long-term Background: Odfjell is one of the largest terminal operators in the Port of Rotterdam. Over the past years many complaints, mostly relating to safety issues, were made against the company. This resulted in several formal warnings and penalty payments from the local government. On 20 July 2012 the company was ordered to close 5 of its storage tanks due to the


Skangass Celebrates Topping Up

LNG terminal in Pori: NOK Skangass

 Nordic liquefied natural gas operator Skangass  has celebrated a topping out ceremony at its Pori LNG terminal. The company said it was making progress in the construction of the storage tank for Finland's first LNG import terminal at the southern port of Pori.   “Excellent progress has been made in the work, and the weather has also been on our side” Project Manager Stanislav Lysak from Gasum commented in a note


EMMF: Getting Heavy With Bunkers

Higher viscosity bunker fuels do not automatically contain more harmful elements than lighter ones, according to ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF), which has recently been supplying 500 centiStokes fuel in response to customer demand. Emphasizing that quality and safety must be prime considerations with all fuel supplied, irrespective of viscosity, EMMF says the two crucial prerequisites for using 500 cSt fuel are the ability to heat it to a sufficiently high temperature to inject it into


Suit Filed for Recovery of Oil Spill Cleanup Costs

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York issued a press release reporting that the United States filed a complaint against a building owner and management company for recovery of monies expended in responding to and cleaning up an oil spill in Sheepshead Bay in 1999. The complaint alleges that heating oil leaked from the building's underground storage tank and that the building's sump pump pumped the oil into the storm sewer line


Gulf LNG Energy, LLC – License Application

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice stating that on October 28 it received an application from Gulf LNG Energy, LLC for authorization to site, construct, and operate: (1) an LNG receiving facility, including docking facilities and associated piping appurtenances; and (2) an LNG storage and vaporization facility, including two LNG storage tanks, vaporization units and associated piping and control equipment


Bug-O Sees Increased Demand for Zipper Welder

Zipper welder (Photo courtesy of Bug-O)

The zipper welder has been in the Bug-O repertoire for quite some time, but the company said it has recently seen a larger demand for it due to increased tank production worldwide. The zippwer welder is used for vertical seam welding for storage tanks and other applications where a vertical seam weld is needed. “The zipper welder premise is quite simple. By being able to hang our rail system over the top of the tank and use only minimal magnets


Two Canadian Ferries to be Converted for LNG Operation

Image: Scott Arkell/Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by Gdansk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa S.A., to supply a scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to operate on LNG fuel


Croatia's Floating LNG Terminal Due in 2018

Croatia Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic. Photo: HINA

 Croatia could complete its 2 billion cubic metre per year floating LNG facility in 2018, Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said.   In an interview with Reuters Tomislav said that Croatia intends to complete the construction of a floating LNG terminal in the northern Adriatic by 2018


Largest-ever Diesel Cargo Heads to Europe

Europe is expected to receive its largest-ever diesel cargo after French refiner Total booked a super tanker to sail to the region even as it faces brimming storage tanks and wilting demand.   Total has chartered the newly-built very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Alice to ship 270


Repower Brings Ferry into IMO Tier III Compliance

Bastø Fosen I (Photo: GE)

Norwegian ferry Bastø Fosen I is the first vessel commissioned with a globally certified International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III compliant marine engine that does not need urea based after treatment.   The completely refurbished and repowered Bastø Fosen I has been


Cheniere Delays First LNG Shipment from Sabine Pass Terminal

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. Photo by Cheniere Energy Partners

 The Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will ship its first cargo later than initially thought, according to an announcement by Cheniere Energy Partners LP.   The Houston-based company now forecasts that its first shipment will not leave its Sabine Pass plant until late


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.


Ras Lanuf Ablaze, Terminal and Port Closed Indefinitely

An attack by suspected Islamic State militants on Thursday has caused fires at four storage tanks at Libya's Ras Lanuf terminal, National Oil Corporation Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said. The terminal, which has been closed since December 2014


Fires Still Raging at Major Libyan Oil Terminal After Attack

Fires at oil storage tanks in the major Libyan terminal of Ras Lanuf were still raging on Friday more than 24 hours after an attack by Islamic State militants, a firefighting official said.   Mustafa Moussi said fires were burning at five of the terminal's 13 storage tanks


LR Bags LAUGFS' Contract in Sri Lanka

Mr. W.K.H. Wegapitiya, Chairman of LAUGFS Holding Photo LR

Lloyd’s Register (LR), world’s leading engineering, technical and business services organization announced today that it has been appointed by LAUGFS Gas PLC (LAUGFS) to handle key safety and quality checks of the LPG terminal at Hambantota Port


Hess sells Shannon LNG Terminal

Ireland is the only country in NW Europe without an LNG terminal. Map:  ShannonLNG

 New York-based energy company Hess has sold Shannon LNG, a proposed gas-import terminal in County Kerry, Ireland’s Sunday Independent has reported.   The newspaper did not name the buyer for the site. The identity of the new owner of the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal


Gasoline Traders Begin Using Floating Storage

At least two tankers booked in recent days; Gasoline stocks at record high in Europe, U.S. Traders have begun storing gasoline on tankers off the coast of Europe as land storage tanks near maximum capacity, the latest sign of increasing stress in the refined oil products market.


Low Bunker Prices to Support Tanker Earnings

Image: Hamilton Energy

 Lower oil prices performed wonders for the tanker market in 2015, says  Drewry Maritime Research. Tonnage demand surged and oil trade expanded because of high consumption demand and increased stocking activity.    Tonnage supply was also kept in check as the contango in oil


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Rising on Weather, Volume

A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (file image: Suez Canal Authority)

MidEast VLCC rates jump by almost $13,000 a day; Basra cargos could increase daily rates by $9,000. Freight rates on Asian routes for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb higher next week as unloading delays and weather-related port congestion in China tighten vessel supply on


Gothenburg Port's Second Oil Storage Cavern Commissioned

The Tor Harbour pier at the Port of Gothenburg. Photo by the port

A new underground cavern is being brought into operation at the Port of Gothenburg. The cavern is 600,000 cubic metres in size and will be used for interim storage of crude oil. The operator will be the independent storage company Scandinavian Tank Storage.


Huge Tanker Traffic Jam Builds at Basra

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Nearly 30 large oil tankers waiting to load at Basra; daily VLCC tanker rates have doubled to nearly $75,000. A traffic jam of nearly 30 large oil tankers has built up outside the Iraqi port of Basra due to loading delays, with some waiting up to three weeks and costing ship operators around $75






 
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