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Chemical Release Contained Within Vessel

Coast Guard boat crews from Station Port Aransas have set up a 1 mile safety zone around vessel VENUSGAS within the La Quinta marine channel in Ingleside, Texas until 4:30 p.m. today while a space inside the vessel is being ventilated. Alarms reported the release of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) early yesterday morning at the Occidental chemical facility.  The source of the release was the VENUSGAS which was moored at the end of their pier.  After a hazardous materials inspection team entered the vessel this morning and began ventilating the space, all levels of VCM are reported to be negligible and contained within the vessel.  The ventilation of the space has no impact on the outlying community. The Coast Guard is working closely with the Occidental chemical facility and the Portland Fire Chief to monitor the situation.


MarAd Announces More Disposal Contracts

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has signed contracts for the disposal of four ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet at Benicia, CA, bringing to nine the number that have left the facility for recycling since October 2005. The four ships are World War II-vintage Victory ships: Hannibal Victory, the Barnard Victory, the Occidental Victory and the Sioux Falls Victory. When ships are no longer considered useful for defense or aid missions


Global Firms Compete for Awali Oilfield Contract

Eleven international oil firms have expressed an interest in efforts to boost production at Bahrain's onshore Awali field, the Oil and Gas Affairs Minister revealed recently. Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza’s statement followed the announcement that US firm Occidental and Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production have been awarded the right to explore for oil and gas off the shores of the country. Some reports have suggested that new technologies could double the amount of oil produced at the


More Oil Coming from Sunken Tanker

The Solar 1 tanker that sank off Guimaras Island is leaking more bunker fuel, thus adding to the spill that has already devastated the marine environment and affected coastal communities in the island and nearby provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the leakage started Monday night. According to official estimates, the tanker has already leaked 50,000 gallons of fuel and still has 450,000 gallons on several tanks on board


EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

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EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in operational management, human resources management, strategic planning and process improvement.  A graduate of Occidental College


DoTC Forms Team to Conduct Probe on Oil Spill

On recommendations of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Arthur N. Gosingan, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro P. Mendoza formed yesterday a national board of marine inquiry (BMI) to conduct a thorough fact-finding investigation on the oil spill off Guimaras Island in Western Visayas — so far the biggest ever reported environmental disaster in the country. In a press conference held at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila


Boat capsizes in Philippines, 7 dead

Image: The Philippine Coast Guard

 A pump boat carrying about 36 passengers  and five crew memberscapsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait  in central Philippines at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18).   According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), the passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized in a storm, leaving seven dead and two others missing.   "MB Tawash left Iloilo with 36 passengers and five crew members going to Guimaras when it was suddenly blown by strong winds in


Unitor Chemicals Now Wilhelmsen Chemicals

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Unitor Chemicals AS, part of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, is changing its name to Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS. Wilhelmsen Ships Service acquired Nalfleet earlier this year. In future, Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS will supply both the Unitor range of chemicals, as well as the new Nalfleet marine chemicals portfolio. Existing company agreements will not be affected by the name change which took place on 1 April, and the company will continue to operate from its Norwegian office in


Tanker Charter Rates Under Pressure

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 Time charter rates in the smaller chemical tanker vessel sizes are expected to remain stable over the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, will decline due to the impact of falling clean petroleum products (CPP) freight rates, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Weakened chemical tanker freight rates in the second quarter of 2016 have resulted in softer time charter rates. 


Videotel Works with Industry for Chemical Tanker Training

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Chemical Tanker safety comes into sharp focus in a new training course from leading maritime training provider Videotel Marine International. The newly-launched Advanced Chemical Tanker Course has been developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), with the involvement of some of the biggest names in the chemical tanker industry. Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel CEO, explained the thinking behind the initiative


AWO, ACC Renew Chemical Shipping Agreement

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and The American Chemistry Council (ACC) have renewed for three years a Memorandum of Agreement to promote environmental, health, safety and security performance through ACC's Responsible Care and AWO's Responsible Carrier Program


Nearly Half of Interlake Fleet Fit with Scrubbers

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The M/V Mesabi Miner has sailed from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s fourth self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.    Interlake became the first U.S


White Paper Addresses Bilge Water Noncompliance

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A new white paper from Alfa Laval addresses ship owner concerns to ensure vessel compliance with bilge water regulations worldwide. Even if a traditional system with type approval is operating on board, the paper states, there are still risks of violating applicable laws and damaging the marine


ESD Systems Recommended for Oil/Chemical Tankers

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OCIMF and CDI release new information paper Linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Chemical Transfers.   The information paper, jointly released by CDI and OCIMF on April 21 recommends an Emergency Shutdown (ESD) connection that will link ship and terminal ESD systems


Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017.


Norway First to Ratify Hazardous Cargo Treaty

Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, hands over the instrument of ratification of the 2010 HNS Protocol to Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO. (Photo: IMO)

Norway has become the first country to become a contracting state to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship.   The International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and


Stena Imagination Named in Dubai

Carl-Johan Hagman, Chairman of the Board, Stena Bulk; Jin Lichao, Vice President, GCI; Godmother Lourdes Torgersen, Jan Torgersen, Zhang Dalei, Deputy Director of European Department, CSTC; Li Hongmei, Deputy Director of Business Development, GSI; Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk. (Photo: Silverbullet)

The MR tanker Stena Imagination was named in the Port Rashid Terminal in the heart of Dubai.   According to Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk and CEO of Stena Weco, “Naming the Stena Imagination in Dubai is very much a strategic choice


Ektank Chem Tankers to Sport Hybrid Propulsion

 The Switch has received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators for Ektank AB’s two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction. Photo copyright: FKAB Marine Design

The Switch received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators to two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction for Sweden’s Ektank AB. Sweden's Ektank AB is family-owned with a modern fleet of five chemical tankers in size ranging from 13


PPG Debuts New Coatings for Steel, Metal Applications

A tugboat underway with PPG PSX coatings. CREDIT: PPG

PPG has introduced PSX 800 and PSX 805 coatings for steel and metal surfaces, two next-generation products formulated with greater flexibility and hiding performance than competing polysiloxane coatings.   According to PPG, the two new products feature improved flexibility


Odfjell Signs to Build Chem Carriers

Odfjell finalized the shipbuilding contracts with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., Ltd in China to build a pair of chemical tankers. The two vessels will be 38,000 dwt, both with 40 tanks and a cargo capacity of about 45,000 cbm. Both vessels will be prepared for dual fuel solution


Alfa Laval Sees Greater Interest in High Flow BWTS

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With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention set to take effect in September, Alfa Laval said it has seen growing customer interest in ballast water treatment systems and in its PureBallast. Of particular note is interest in PureBallast systems with


Hapag Lloyd-UASC Merger Hits Snags

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A merger of Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has hit a snag, with the German shipping line and some banks seeking assurances that UASC's top shareholder Qatar remain committed to the deal for the long term, sources say.


Odfjell Inks LOI for Additional Chemical Tankers

Odfjell SE said it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for two additional chemical tankers to be built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China. The capital commitments will be about $116 million.   The vessels will be 38,000 dwt with 40 stainless steel cargo tanks and a cargo


Stena Impeccable Delivered to Stena Bulk

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 Sten Bulk has taken delivery of Stena Impeccable, the 10th of 13 new IMOIIMAX tankers ordered from Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China.   The tanker, which is wholly owned by Stena Bulk, will be operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s logistics


Odfjell Orders Two Chemical Tankers

Odfjell SE has announced the signing of long term charter agreements for two chemical tankers with stainless steel cargo tanks, for construction in Japan.   The agreement includes two vessels of 35,500 dw tonnes and 28 stainless steel cargo tanks






 
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