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Vane Brothers’ New Tug Christened

Vane tugboat New York being christened by St. Johns Ship Building Human Resources Manager Carla Newkirk (Photo: Vane Brothers)

The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, the New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla   The New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane Brothers.   Headquartered in Baltimore, Vane Brothers also conducts operations from a facility in Brooklyn and other locations along the U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.   Bobby Barfield, St. Johns’ Vice President of Operations and General Manager, kicked off the ceremony with a blessing of the tug prior to its launch. The traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on the New York’s hull was performed by Carla Newkirk, Human Resources Manager at St. Johns. Representing Vane Brothers was Captain Jim Demske, Senior Port Captain in charge of new vessel construction.   Scheduled for delivery later this summer, the tug New York is an Elizabeth Anne Class vessel. The tug Elizabeth Anne, delivered by St. Johns in January 2016, was the first in the series.  


New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md. The Fort Schuyler’s sister tug, the Kings Point, was delivered in April 2015.   According to Vane Brothers President C


New Trader with Dan-Bunkering

Mikkel Søholm

The global bunker trading company A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. is pleased to announce that Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard has been employed as Bunker Trader as per August 5, 2013. Mikkel actually started his career with Dan-Bunkering already back in 2003 in the head office in Middelfart. Here he was employed as Bunker Trader until 2006, where after he decided to pursue a career in a different line of business, both in Denmark as well as abroad


Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.   The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane Brothers - equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic towing winch.   


New Operational Structure for Van Oossanen

Netherlands-based Van Oossanen Naval Architects is continuing to trade under the name Van Oossanen. Van Oossanen will act as the Van Oossanen Group, incorporating Fluid Dynamics, Naval Architecture and Hull Vane BV, an independent company established by Van Oossanen.   According to Van Oossanen , the renewed business structure follows its growing activities for Computational Fluid Dynamics services in the commercial shipping market


Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion

Hudson (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has added two vessels to its fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Hudson and 55,000‐barrel barge Double Skin 601.   The Hudson is the second of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200‐horsepower tugboats contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The Elizabeth Anne was delivered in January, while the third in the series, the Baltimore, is scheduled for completion this summer.


As Australia-Asia Trade Grows, So Too Does Bunker Use

OW Bunker confirmed an increase in demand for bunkers across the Pacific Islands, resulting from a further strengthening in trade between Australia, China, Indonesia and India and further growth in the domestic cruise industry. OW Bunker Australia, which acts as the OW Bunker Group's purchasing centre for the region, has reported that the Pacific Islands are experiencing an increase in demand for marine fuel as Australia's commodities markets and marine tourism industries continue on a


Bunker Provider Meeting Concludes in Dubai

Photo: DMCA

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, announced that it has recently concluded the semi-annual meeting of bunker providers in DMCA’s offices. The meeting discussed the annual issuance of the DMCA certificate of authorization as well as various key industry issues, in line with DMCA’s commitment to promote public-private partnership in the maritime sector.


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their freight rates. Fuel can account for more than 60 percent of the total operating costs of moving freight across the oceans so the surcharges are one of the most important elements of total


St. Johns Delivers for Vane Brothers

Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new tugs being built by St. Johns Ship Building for Vane Brothers (Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

St. Johns Ship Building has delivered the newly built tug Philadelphia to owner Vane Brothers.   Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new hulls for Vane Brothers in the Elizabeth Anne tug series consisting of 100 feet LOA, 4,200 HP twin screw tugs.   “[Philadelphia] is identical to all the others in the series in regards to specifications and outfitting but, as most shipbuilders know, when you build vessels in a series each one will be just a little better than the previous


Monjasa Reports Panama Canal Supply Growth

Physical bunker supplier Monjasa has been active in the Panama Canal since 2011 and established a physical presence for operations and bunker trading in Panama City in 2015. Now one year after the official inauguration of the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal


Huge Potential for LNG in Iberian Peninsula

Fernando Impuesto, CORE LNGas hive project coordinator from Enagas (Left) and Liv Hovem, Senior Vice President, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

 With the global fuel sulphur limit of 0.5% entering into force in 2020, the interest towards LNG as a marine fuel is increasing. One of the main obstacles to the accelerated uptake of LNG, however, is the uncertainty regarding future market volumes for LNG.   


Ports Firm YKIP Joins SEA/LNG Coalition

Courtesy of Yokohama - Port & Harbor Bureau

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) as its latest member.   Representing the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki


Denmark Charges Former OW Bunker Manager with Fraud

File photo: OW Bunker

Denmark's general prosecutor said on Thursday it had charged a former Singapore unit manager of Denmark-based OW Bunker with fraud.   The prosecutor said the former manager, a Danish citizen, has been charged with committing fraud of agent for more than 800 million Danish crowns ($122


DNV GL Launches LNG Fuel Finder

Image: DNV GL

 Just in time for Nor-Shipping, DNV GL will launch the LNG Fuel Finder - a new tool on its LNG business intelligence portal LNGi.   The new LNG Fuel Finder service will allow shipowners and charterers to register their interest in using LNG as a ship fuel free of charge


MOL Mulls LNG Power Generation on Ships

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is exploring the possibilities to generate power from liquefied natural gas (LNG) aboard ships as a low-cost, environmentally friendly alternative to land-based plants.   According to a report on Nikkei


LNG-fueled Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier Design Unveiled

The project partners of the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) came together for a meeting at the DNV GL Group headquarters in Høvik this week. They also presented the results from stage one of the JIP at the Nor-Shipping trade fair. Photo: DNV GL

Project partners BHP, Fortescue, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Rio Tinto, SDARI, U-Ming, Woodside, and DNV GL presented the results from stage one of their “Green Corridor” joint industry project (JIP), which demonstrated the commercial potential and technical feasibility of bulkers


Qatar Petroleum, Shell Sign LNG Bunkering Agreement

Qatar Petroleum and Shell signed a framework agreement to develop global LNG bunkering facilities on Tuesday, Qatar Petroleum said.   "We view LNG bunkering as a promising opportunity for LNG to further grow as a clean energy source


Ship-to-ship LNG Bunkering Starts in Port of Zeebrugge

First LNG ship-to-ship operation in the port of Zeebrugge (Photo: Port of Zeebrugge)

The bunkering vessel ENGIE Zeebrugge performed in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, its first deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel to M/V Auto Eco and M/V Auto Energy, the two new gas-propelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) of UECC


Singapore May Marine Fuel Sales Fall

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The port of Singapore recorded its first year-on-year decline in bunker sales of 2017 during the month of May, according to preliminary estimates released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).   According to Reuters report


CEFC Bags Bunker Licence for Zhoushan Free Trade Zone, China

Image: CEFC China Energy Company Limited

 CEFC China Energy was awarded a licence by Zhoushan Free Trade Zone for supply  marine bunker fuel off the east coast of China to vessels on international voyages, reports Reuters.   The report quoted two CEFC officials saying that the license is to supply bunker fuel from bonded


Private Producer Aims to Ship Baltic's First Russian LNG Before Gazprom

LNG Gorskaya, a privately-owned Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, has launched a 340 million euro ($379 million) project to become the first LNG exporter from Russia's European coast, its CEO told Reuters. Russia expects to send LNG to Europe by the end of 2017 from its distant


Aegean Marine Strengthens Presence on the U.S. East Coast

Photo: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

 Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has announced the launch of a new service center in Savannah, Georgia, the third largest container port in the United States.       The operations in Savannah will be managed by the existing Aegean U.S. team


ExxonMobil Joins with Eagle LNG, Crowley on LNG Marine Fueling

Image: Crowley

 ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners LLC (Eagle LNG Partners) and Crowley have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of LNG as a marine fuel. The goal is to establish the storage and technical support necessary to provide safe


Dan-Bunkering Appoints Jensen as Managing Director

Photo: Dan-Bunkering

Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. has announced the promotion of Jim Jensen to the position of managing director as of July 1, 2017.   Jensen initially started with Dan-Bunkering as a bunker trader at its Copenhagen office in 2008 and relocated to Houston in 2012 at the same time as the






 
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