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China to Implement Emission Control Measures

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced that from April 1, 2016, vessels ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) emission control area (ECA) must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. These core ports are Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong.   This requirement is part of emission control measures that will be implemented in the YRD ECA in two phases:   In the first phase, which takes effect from April 1, 2016:  Ships ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less  Ships ‘at berth’ at ports in the ECA are encouraged to use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less, and  Ships entering the ECA are encouraged to use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. The second phase will be implemented dependent on the outcome of assessment of the first phase; the possibilities given at this time are:  Ships entering the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less  Ships entering the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less  Ships ‘at berth’ at ports in the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less. The exact details of how the measures will be implemented (i.e


Record Trading in Singapore's Bunkers Market

Photo: Singapore Ministry of Transport

Over $750 million worth of fuel oil traded 1st week of June. Trading frenzy leads to record price swing. Major commodity houses are betting against each other on the direction of fuel oil in Singapore, the world's largest market for shipping fuel, in a clash that has led to a record price swing and is set to smash monthly trading levels. More than $750 million of physical cargoes have been traded in the first week of June during an end-of-day pricing window


YPF Tenders to Buy Fuel Oil for June

State-run oil company YPF launched its second fuel oil tender in April, this time to buy two 50,000 metric ton cargoes (some 375,000 barrels each) to be received in June and supplied to domestic thermoelectrical companies, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The fuel will be delivered to Cammesa, Argentina's electricity market administrator, while the 90,000 barrel per day (bpd) Campana refinery undergoes a maintenance to its key operational plants


Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic HFO Ban

Image Courtesy Clean Arctic Alliance

Responding to reports that the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) had reconfirmed its support of a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping during its annual general meeting, Clean Arctic Alliance advisor Dr Sian Prior said:   “The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes AECO’s reconfirmation of its support for an international ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. AECO’s decision demonstrates the growing conviction within the shipping industry


ClassNK Launches Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service

ClassNK’s subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service (NKCS) has officially launched its Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service. The service will provide an oil analysis report for the properties of bunker fuel oil based on the ISO8217 Standard with advice such as oil heating and purification.   Testing laboratories are located worldwide in Singapore, UAE, U.K. and U.S. After sampled oil is received at the nearest laboratory from each ship


Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation measures for heavy fuel oil (HFO) use in the Arctic:    “Ocean Conservancy welcomes steps taken by the International Maritime Organization to mitigate risks to the Arctic from the use


ALGAE-X Markets Fuel Treatment Systems

Algae-X International has acquired the exclusive North and South American representation for the patented product line of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Treatment equipment and Water In Diesel Emulsion (WIDE) technology. This CD92 product line is manufactured by SIT/Nordika GmbH in Germany. The SIT Homogenization and Emulsification equipment is based on technology for the treatment of heavy fuel oil, waste oil, & diesel fuel. It is designed to eliminates sludge and waste oil disposal


BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage, about 40% of its earlier-announced 7.1 million-barrel capacity, report Platts, citing sources close to the project and Gulf Coast fuel oil traders.


Diesel Engine Hybrid SOx Scrubber Japan's First

File picture CCL credt Keld Gydum

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) say they have jointly developed a "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines – the first in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that will take effect in designated emission control areas (ECA) in 2015. The system is capable of scrubbing exhaust gas from the combustion of fuels emitted from


Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port

The biggest containership of the world – bunkered in Rotterdam

Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes. Sales of fuel oil stabilised – after falling for years – at 9.8 million tonnes. In addition, 100,000 tonnes of lubricant were sold. Cleaner shipping


Irma forces Bahamas Borco Terminal to Close

Buckeye Partners LP's Bahamas terminal, also known as Borco, has been closed for vessel traffic and will shut all operations by the end of the day due to Hurricane Irma, a source familiar with operations said on Thursday.   That terminal, located in Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island


Fuel Tanker Sinks off Piraeus

Pic: Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

Product tanker Agia Zoni II reported water ingress, sinking, in the early hours of Sunday  in Saronikos Gulf, south of Athens at anchorage west of Piraeus, with some 2500 tons of fuel on board, and two crew.    The local media reports that Aghia Zoni II took on water while it was


OW Bunkers Investors in Legal Action Against IPO Banks

A group of 24 Danish institutional investors in OW Bunker has decided to issue a writ against Carnegie and Morgan Stanley, accusing them of misleading investors ahead of the 2014 listing of the now bankrupt marine fuel oil supplier.  


MAN Unveils Its New Flagship Engine

(Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN has revealed the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines. The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that boast power outputs, of 15,600 and 18,200 kW respectively


Fuel Removal from Grounded Kea Trader in Progress

Kea Trader. Photo: Lomar Shipping Limited

 Three weeks after the grounding of Kea Trader on a reef off New Caledonia, the removal of heavy fuel oil from the 2017-built containership is now underway and could be completed next week.   According to Radio New Zealand, helicopters are being used to remove fuel from a ship stuck on


Shell Mulls Refinery Upgrade to Meet 2020 Sulphur Rules

Royal Dutch Shell is considering expanding the capacity of one of its German refineries to make oil products that meet an upcoming cap on the sulphur content of fuels used in shipping. In the past few days, Rheinland refinery representatives met local officials and environmental groups to


New Tug Series from Robert Allan, Cheoy Lee

(Image: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. and Chinese shipbuilder Cheoy Lee Shipyards have rolled out the RAmparts 2500-CL, an exclusive new tug series being built by Cheoy Lee.   The new tug series is an evolution of Robert Allan Ltd


ABB Software Leads to Fuel Savings for Stena Line

(Photo: ABB)

Stena Scotia’s fourth generation DEGO IV speed governor and actuation system adds roll-damping and a new fuel-saving dimension to vessel performance management software   An upgraded vessel control software package is delivering measurable operational efficiency gains to Stena Line


IBIA Supports Efforts to Ensure Integrity of MFM Systems

Photo: International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)

 The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) believes the benefits achieved from adopting mandatory use of Mass Flow Meters (MFMs) for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore must be protected by effective enforcement, and that using approved MFMs to measure quantity being loaded


Catfines: Uncertainty Must Be Addressed

Graph from FOBAS (Image: Aderco)

Earlier this year the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a revised edition of its ISO 8217 specifications for marine fuels, which still maintains a 60 mg/kg limit for catfines (catalytic fines). It’s not rare to hear comments about this threshold being on the high


S-Oil, Petronas Ink Long-term LNG Deal

South Korea's third-largest refiner S-Oil Corp signed a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract with Malaysia's Petronas for 15 years starting from next year, the North Asia company said on Friday.   S-Oil expects to buy 700


IMO Low-Sulfur Requirements to Disrupt Industries

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently confirmed that global refiners and shippers must comply with new regulations to reduce the sulfur content in marine bunker fuels by January 2020—five years earlier than many expected.   


OW Bunker Investors to Sue IPO banks

Institutional investors to sue Morgan Stanley, Carnegie.   A group of institutional investors in OW Bunker said they plan to sue Morgan Stanley and Carnegie for about $80 million, accusing the two investment banks of misleading them ahead of the 2014 listing of the now bankrupt marine fuel


ClassNK Updates Scrubbers Guidelines

Classification society ClassNK said it has released the second version of its Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. Based on the first version Guidelines released in August 2014, the latest version includes the results of joint research and testing on actual Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.


Power Play: Engine Suppliers Prepare for 2020

(Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Engine suppliers prepare for IMO 2020 fuels sulfur content cap   Kjeld Åbo, Chairman of CIMAC (the International Council on Combustion Engines) Fuels Working Group and Director Customer Support, Two Stroke Marine at MAN Diesel & Turbo, has said that the IMO’s proposed 0






 
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