Backlog of New Ethanol Barge Orders

Monday, May 22, 2006
According to reports, the logistics problems in the U.S. ethanol industry are expected to spread to waterborne transportation in the near future, industry sources said. The industry is already facing a transport crunch due to limited rail time and dedicated pipeline capacity, and a lack of trucks and drivers as the country switched to ethanol, a gasoline additive recently adopted by the U.S. oil industry for use in anti-smog blends, from MTBE in early May. The reliance on inland barges for ethanol and corn transportation is expected to increase in the future, in line with the rising ethanol demand, they said. However, most shipyards in the United States are facing an order backlog up to 2008, industry sources said.

More new ethanol plants are expected to come onstream over the next year in order to cater to the strong demand. Ethanol prices in New York Harbor hit the record high earlier this week. Some shippers are considering the ethanol barge orders because they are weighing their options of building new ones or converting some gasoline barges to transport ethanol, he said.

Also, the source pointed out that the existing oil tank barge orders could be changed to accommodate ethanol specifications if needed. Besides an order backlog, barge owners and ethanol shippers will face high shipbuilding prices, owing to strong steel values. A 28,000-barrel capacity tank barge would cost about $2 million to build, and a dry cargo barge would cost about $500,000. Source: Reuters

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Corima Acquires Damen ASD 2810 Tug

On 20 January 2016, Corima, part of the Italy-based Gesmar Group, held an official handover ceremony for a Damen ASD 2810 tug. The festivities were attended by

HHI to Localise Main Equipment for Offshore Plants

Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan Heavy Industries Collaborate in Localizing Main Equipment for Offshore Plants   Seoul, South Korea – February 4 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI),

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable

Barges

Aqualis Offshore Lands Study Job for LNG Barge

Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, has been contracted by Gas Entec Co. Ltd to provide an engineering

Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a report of a grounded towing vessel and 35 barge breakaway near Caruthersville, Mo. On the Mississippi River.   Coast Guard

More than 100 Graduate from SUNY Maritime

More than 100 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees at State University of New York Maritime College Jan. 29.   Graduates represent 15 fields of study,

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0666 sec (15 req/sec)