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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Diesel Fuel

Alaska Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel Transition

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated its final rule implementing requirements for sulfur, cetane, and aromatics for highway, nonroad, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel produced in, imported into, and distributed or used in the rural areas of Alaska. Beginning June 1, 2010, diesel fuel used in these applications must meet the 15 ppm (maximum) sulfur content standard. Source: HK Law

EPA Modifies Diesel Fuel Sulfur Transition Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modifying its diesel fuel sulfur transition rule to provide production and distribution industries with additional time to complete the transition from low-sulfur diesel (no more than 500 ppm sulfur) to ultra-low-sulfur diesel (no more than 15 ppm sulfur). Terminals and retailers will now have until October 15, 2006 to complete the transition. This rule applies to terminals and retailers that supply diesel fuel for highway use and for

EPA Issues Notice on Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that, effective June 1, refiners will begin producing low-sulfur diesel fuel for use in ships. Initially, the sulfur content may not exceed 500 parts per million (ppm). The eventual goal is a maximum sulfur content of 15 ppm. Source: HK Law

Cummins Announces High HP Dual Fuel Product

QSK50 Tier 2

Oil And Gas Dual Fuel Products In Production Midyear 2013. Cummins Inc. announced today its plans to produce dual fuel engines from 800 hp to 3500 hp (597-2610 kW) for high-horsepower markets. The first in the product portfolio, QSK50 Tier 2 for oil and gas well servicing applications, will begin production in midyear 2013, with other QSK Series engines to follow, including engines capable of meeting upcoming EPA Tier 4 Final emissions regulations

Navy Rescue Fishing Vessel Crew, Prevent Guam Wreck Pollution

Wreck of Daiki Maru 7: Photo courtesy of USN

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps, Guam. Subsequently Navy personnel removed environmentally hazardous materials from the wreck. "Through the efforts of HSC-25 and the U.S. Coast Guard, we were able to successfully meet our first priority, which was to rescue the crew members," said Capt

Continental Refining Expands Diesel Offering

Photo: Continental Refining Company

Continental Refining Company Now Processing Low Sulfur Marine Diesel T90-700 and Completes Upgrades to Receive Transmix for Finished 500ppm LM Diesel Fuel Production; CRC Expands with Two New Niche Market Product Offerings that Serve Marine Users and Help to Prevent Bottlenecks in the U.S. Fuel Distribution System Today Continental Refining Company, LLC announced a new product offering for the marine market with the production of low sulfur marine diesel

Algae-X Announces New Design For Fuel Conditioner

Algae-X International has announced the release of its latest model in the LG-X Series Diesel Fuel Conditioning Units. The LG-X 3000 Model has been redesigned to increase the efficiency of fuel treatment resulting in improved combustibility, fuel economy and reduction of smoke emissions. The original version will now be used exclusively in the MTC 1000 & 2000 fuel tank cleaning systems.

Diesel FUEL FILTER ALERT System Keeps Workboats Working

 diesel FUEL FILTER ALERT

SKIMOIL, Inc.’s new diesel FUEL FILTER ALERT and alarm system, developed specifically for the commercial marine industry, provides an accurate real-time indication of fuel filter status.   The system is especially valuable for vessels that don't have constant filter monitoring by dedicated on-board engineers, such as harbor tugs and other workboats running with a small crew. "All it takes is a load of bad diesel fuel to get a workboat in serious trouble fast

Fuel Polishing System by ALGAE-X International

 the SMART FPS Compact stabilizes fuel, keeping it in pristine, “clear & bright” condition.

SMART FPS Compact Fuel Polishing System by ALGAE-X International.   ALGAE-X International (AXI), a Florida-based manufacturer of diesel fuel quality optimization technology, has announced the release of the SMART FPS Compact Fuel Polishing System. Used in applications where engine reliability is important, like emergency generators and recreational or commercial marine, the SMART FPS Compact stabilizes fuel, keeping it in pristine, “clear & bright” condition

Chicago Tug Grounding: Latest Update

Kimberly Selvick: Image credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs it continues its response to the grounded towing vessel Kimberly Selvick in Lake Michigan off of Burnahm Park. It has been determined that ten times more diesel fuel, 14,000 gallons, is on board the tugboat than originally reported. Efforts to salvage the vessel are ongoing and weather conditions are delaying a pre-salvage damage assessment of the vessel and the staging of salvage assets

Crowley Shipping Fuel to Hurricane Stricken Locales

Photo: Crowley

Eighteen Jones Act petroleum vessels owned and/or operated by Crowley Maritime Corp. have been loaded to discharge gasoline and diesel into Florida ports in the coming few days.   The mobilization responds to fuel shortages caused by the unprecedented evacuation of millions of Floridians ahead of Hurricane Irma. The vessels include Crowley’s MT Ohio and Florida, which were among the first tankers to bring fuel into the Port of Tampa on Tuesday along with MT West Virginia in Port

KOHLER Launches New Oils for Generator Applications

(Image: KOHLER)

A new line of aftermarket genuine oil from KOHLER is engineered specifically for generator applications. The fully-synthetic premium oils are available in three formulations for different fuel types and are optimized for use in industrial, mobile, marine and home generators.   “Generators have to run when they’re needed – there’s no room for downtime,” said Patricio Iligaray, Manager of Aftermarket Parts for Kohler Power Systems

Yanmar Launches New Diesel Outboard

(Photo: Yanmar)

Following its agreement with German manufacturer Neander Shark for exclusive global distribution of the Dtorque 111 twin-cylinder 50 hp diesel outboard engine, YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL (YMI) has announced the official launch of this new propulsion product.    The compact Dtorque 111 is designed to revolutionize the small workboat market where its expected lifespan of well over 10,000 hours at least doubles that of any comparable outboard gasoline engine

Italy Breaks up Libyan Fuel Smuggling Ring

Sicilian police on Wednesday sought the arrest of nine people, including a suspected mobster, for running a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring in which at least 30 million euros ($35 million) of diesel was sold in gas stations in Italy and Europe.   A Libyan, nicknamed the "boss", used small boats to steal fuel from a refinery in Zawiya, a port city west of Tripoli, a statement from the finance police said.  

Submerged Tug Lifted on the Mississippi

The stricken towing vessel Sonny J has been raised and dewatered Sunday after it was partially submerged on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, La.   On February 26 local U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report that the Sonny J was partially submerged near Vidalia, La. with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board.   Coast Guard responders, an oil spill response organization, a marine surveyor and the salvage company J.O. Smith are on scene.  

Alternative Ferry Propulsion Systems: A Case Study

M/V Steilacoom II (Credit: Nichol Bros Boat Builders)

Is it Right for Your Operation? That Depends, says EBDG’s John Waterhouse.   Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) serves many ferry customers in North America. These clients read the trade publications and see various articles on new technologies such as hybrid propulsion, battery powered vessels or zero emission vessels. After finishing such an article they ask themselves: “What advantages would that technology bring to my operation and what will it cost?” To that end

Milestone for Italian Navy Newbuild

Photo: Fincantieri

The launching ceremony of the bow section of the LSS logistic support unit Vulcano, took place at the shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defense, Roberta Pinotti. The unit was ordered to Fincantieri within the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet.      Godmother of the ceremony was Maria Teresa Piras, widow of the vessel tenant Emilio Attramini, young Italian Navy Officer

Out of Service Tug Sinks in Alaska

An out of service tug has sunk at the Samson Tug and Barge Company pier in Sitka, Alaska.   The 81-foot vessel Powhatan owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on the evening of April 19 and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge.   U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are responding.  

Wärtsilä 34DF Engines Certified EPA Tier III

A six-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 34DF engine. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has been awarded model year 2017 certification of emissions compliance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine family.   The EPA Tier III certification and the corresponding EIAPP certificate were both issued in March 2017. The Tier III certification of conformity covers the Wärtsilä 34DF engines manufactured from the date of issue until the end of 2017.  

Stolt-Nielsen Orders Small LNG Carriers

Stolt-Nielsen Limited subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V. (SNG) has contracted with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of two 7,500 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, with options to purchase three additional similar ships.   The ships are to be built at Keppel Singmarine's shipyard in Nantong, China, with deliveries scheduled in the second and third quarter of 2019 respectively. The contract for the initial two ships is valued at approximately $80 million

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.   The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.   The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä

Oil Spill Response: USCG Testing Evolves

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Coast Guard R&D Center’s JMTF is a big part of the nation’s environmental research efforts.   In 1972, the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) established the Fire and Safety Test Detachment (FSTD), which later became the Joint Maritime Test Facility (JMTF), at Coast Guard Sector Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. As part of the unit’s establishment, test facilities were also built on nearby Little Sand Island in Mobile Bay

2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Two members of the Houston Pilots in the United States are to receive the 2017 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.    The pair will be recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames after colliding with mooring dolphins.   Despite being surrounded by a towering wall of burning fuel for nearly 90 minutes, pilots Captain Michael G

Barge Fire Extinguished in the Gulf of Mexico

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brandon Davis)

Emergency responders have extinguished a fire aboard a barge adrift approximately 2 miles west of Cat Island, Miss.   U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday that a barge being pushed by the tug vessel Kathryn T. Devall caught fire with a reported 2,500 tons of anhydrous ammonia and 800 gallons of diesel fuel.   The Gulfport Fire Department has extinguished the fire after the tug crew was unable to put out the blaze and released the

Harvey Impacts Domestic Fuel Network

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) leeylutung)

U.S. drivers are starting to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey in their wallets as the country's fuel distribution network starting at the Gulf Coast and stretching across the country is squeezed by floods, refinery closures and dwindling supplies.   At least 3.6 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity is offline and more refineries are at risk of shut downs as the storm relentlessly dumps rain on Texas and heads toward Louisiana.  

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