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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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How Refiners Plan to Grapple With Fuel Oil Output After 2020

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High-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), essentially the leftovers of an oil refiner's output, will still flow from refineries around the world even after new rules start up in 2020 curtailing its use in the global shipping fleet, a Reuters survey showed.Sixty percent of the 33 refineries contacted by Reuters in a global survey will still produce HSFO in 2020 although the supply will tighten as 70 percent of these refiners plan to reduce their output.Starting that year, ships will have to use marine fuel…

Trafigura Concludes TNG's Dalmacija Charter

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Commodity trading company Trafigura has terminated a time charter contract for chemical/product tanker Dalmacija with Croatian shipping company Tankerska Next Generation (TNG). "After nearly three years from delivery, TNG and Trafigura have mutually agreed to conclude an almost fully utilized time charter employment contract for the eco-designed MR product tanker Dalmacija," said a press release from the Croatian tanker owner.The vessel has been redelivered with compensation for early re-delivery…

Stena Bulk Forms Chemical Tanker JV with Bay Crest Management

GSW Frontier (Photo: Stena Bulk)

Golden-Agri Stena, a joint venture between Sweden based tanker shipping company Stena Bulk and Indonesia’s largest palm oil producer Golden Agri-Resources, has started a new joint venture with Japan's Bay Crest Management for the the operation and commercial management of chemical tankers.The new joint venture, GSB Tankers, will commence operation on January 1, 2019, managing 18 chemical tankers to start, with the aim of managing 30 vessels within the next two years.The joint venture will operate out of the existing premises of Golden-Agri Stena.

AET Names its First LNG-Fueled Aframax Pair

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Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator  AET Tankers has named and welcomed its first LNG dual-fuelled aframax vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu.According to a press release of the Singapore-based company, the ceremony for the vessels was held at the Samsung Heavy Industry Co Ltd’s (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Both vessels have been taken on long-term charterby Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin…

Lomar's Super-Eco Boxships Mark Breakthrough for Thordon Bearings

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Delaware Trader, the first of two 2,700TEU newbuild containerships that China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard is delivering to Lomar Shipping this year, has been fitted with a seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system from Thordon Bearings.The vessel represents another breakthrough for Thordon Bearings’ COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system in the European-owned containership segment.London-headquartered Lomar Shipping, a privately-owned ship owning and management company…

Mol Chemical Tankers, SEA-Invest to Build Tank Storage Farm

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The Japanese group MOL Chemical Tankers is coming to the port of Antwerp. Together with the port group SEA-Invest it is to invest some 300 to 400 million euros in construction of a tank storage terminal for liquid chemicals. This is yet more confirmation of the port's power of attraction for big investors.Mol Chemical Tankers, a member of the Japanese group Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, will team up with SEA-Invest to build a tank storage terminal in the port of Antwerp. The Sea-Mol joint venture has been set up for this purpose, for which it will invest some 300 to 400 million euros.

KVH Industries Bullish on AgilePlans

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The provider of mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems  KVH Industries said that it innovative Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program, 'AgilePlans', is fast-growing choice of global maritime fleets."Increased demand for the AgilePlans subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program from KVH Industries has been the driving force behind the company’s unprecedented growth in VSAT unit deployments during the first six months of 2018, a timeframe when the maritime industry has been increasing its drive toward digitalization…

Koole Terminals Acquires Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam

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Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with Koole Terminals B.V. of the Netherlands (Koole) to sell its 100% ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR).The sale will generate USD 100 million of cash proceeds to Odfjell. Odfjell announced that the transaction has closed.According to  Koole Terminals, Odfjell Terminals will be rebranded to Koole Tankstorage Botlek (KTB). Located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, KTB stores both chemical and mineral oil products and operates a PID facility.John Kraakman…

Antwerp Port on Track to Record Sixth Year

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Belgian port Antwerp said that throughput continues to register growth in the port. After record semi-annual figures, the total throughput after nine months stands at 177,026,550 tonnes – a sharp 6% increase compared with the same period last year.With these results, the port seems to be on track for the sixth record year in a row. The recent wave of investments moreover confirms the port’s appeal and reaffirms its role as a world player.Maritime throughput continues to grow.

Essberger Tankers Sign Deal with GAC

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Europe’s chemical tanker operator Essberger Tankers has entrusted its ship agency requirements to Gulf Agency Company (GAC) companies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.Under the agreement, GAC will handle an estimated 600-800 port calls a year for Essberger Tankers’ fleet of vessels carrying a wide range of high-grade chemicals.The deal comes after more than 20 years of successfully managing Essberger’s port calls in Finland. The shipping and logistics service provider’s ability to deliver the same high level of support from its expanding network of offices in Sweden…

Yara Mulls Sale of Its Marine Scrubbers Business

Svein Tore Holsether (Photo: Fotograf Ole Walter Jacobsen / Yara)

Norwegian industrial chemical corporation Yara International said it is evaluating options for its Yara Marine Technologies (YMT) business, including a potential sale.Yara formed YMT after acquiring Green Tech Marine in 2014. The top three scrubber supplier expects its 2019 sales will more than double from 2018's predicted NOK 700 million, as ship owners and operators prepare for new ship emissions regulations due to enter force in 2020.Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara International ASA…

Borealis to Invest in Port of Antwerp

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The Austrian petrochemical company Borealis has announced that it is to build a new production plant on its existing site in Kallo, in the Antwerp port area.According to a press release, the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant will use the very latest technology in terms of sustainable production and energy efficiency. With this initiative the port of Antwerp confirms and reinforces its role as the largest chemical cluster in Europe.The intention to build a new PDH plant to convert propane into propylene has been known for some time.

CompactClean BWMS Receives IMO Type Approval

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval according to the revised IMO BWMS code.This approval means that the CompactClean BWMS becomes one of only two systems worldwide approved for installation on vessels also after October 28, 2020.On September 21, 2018 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received IMO Type Approval according to the IMO Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (resolution MEPC.300(72)), also often referred to as the revised G8. The approval was…

Chevron Eyes Houston Ship Channel for 2nd US Gulf Refinery

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Chevron Corp wants to build or buy a refinery along the U.S. Gulf Coast to process crude oil from its rapidly growing Permian Basin operations, a senior executive said on Tuesday.The company would like to have refining operations on the Houston Ship Channel, in the western part of the U.S. Gulf, to complement an existing eastern Gulf refinery in Mississippi that makes lubricants and other materials, Pierre Breber, Chevron's head of downstream and chemicals, said."Something on the ship channel side could make a lot of sense for our company…

USCG Implements Handheld Technology for Onboard Oil Testing

FluidScan handheld device only requires a single drop of oil for testing (Photo courtesy USCG)

With a motto of Always Ready, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has 11 missions specified by law including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. The USCG’s newest ships including 22 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) recently entered service with 36 more on order and six new National Security Cutters (NSCs) with two more in the process of being built. Oil analysis plays a critical role in the…

Marine Low Sulphur Fuel: Organizing the Switch

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) decision to implement a 0.50 percent cap on sulphur emissions has created uncertainty among vessel operators. Questions are already being asked about how to comply with the changing emissions target, what types of fuels will be available and where. However, ensuring compliance isn’t just about fuel selection; the actual switchover process from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to new, low-sulphur alternatives needs careful management. There are…

Odfjell Says It Will Not Install Scrubbers

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Chemical tanker firm Odfjell said it will not invest in scrubbers to clean fuel on its vessels to comply with new stricter emission rules from 2020 but instead buy fuel which meets the new standards.To combat air pollution, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations' shipping agency, has set global regulations to cap the sulphur content in marine fuel, known as bunkers, at 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent now.Shipowners can either install scrubbers, which clean the cheaper high sulphur fuel oil, or buy costlier marine gasoil."Our conclusion for the moment is that it do

A&P Falmouth Completes Troy Refit

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A&P Falmouth has completed the dry docking of ABC Maritime’s double hull oil and chemical tanker, Troy. Beating competition from European shipyards, A&P Falmouth carried out a comprehensive 17-day refit package during the vessel’s dry-docking last month. Work included the class intermediate survey, renewal of the main deck cargo heating pipework, extensive deck cargo washing and line replacement, the overhaul of the main engine including turbo charger, fuel gear and associated pumps…

Ben Lecomte: a 5,000 Mile Swim Across the Pacific

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After becoming the first human to swim across the Atlantic in 1998, Ben Lecomte has taken on a new challenge: going from Tokyo to San Francisco, swimming 8 hours per day.Right this minute, Frenchman Ben Lecomte is hard at work on his second ocean crossing. After becoming the first human to swim across the Atlantic in 1998, he’s taken on a new challenge: going from Tokyo to San Francisco, churning his limbs eight hours a day in the cold Pacific for six months, accompanied by his team on the support boat.

Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage

The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the Canal, accounting for 159 million tons of the total cargo received, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the Expanded Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), which represents a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year, the Panama Canal Authority reports.With this tonnage, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017."The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway's expansion and its impact on global maritime trade," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.

BW LPG: Proposal to Combine with Dorian Withdrawn

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BW LPG Limited (BW LPG) announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to combine with Dorian LPG Ltd. (Dorian). BW LPG will also withdraw the candidates it previously intended to nominate to stand for election to the Dorian board at Dorian’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.BW LPG also announced that the following letter has been sent on October 8, 2018 to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian:Mr. John HadjipaterasChairman, President and Chief Executive OfficerDorian LPG Ltd.c/o Dorian LPG (USA) LLC27 Signal RoadStamford…

Optimarin Secures Large Ardmore Order

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Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin said it has secured a contract to supply 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping, one of the manufacturer’s largest orders to date.The Irish-headquartered shipowner will fit the three dozen units across 18 chemical and product tankers – two units in each vessel. Delivery is due to commence in February next year.Ardmore’s fleet ranges in size from 25,000 to 50,000 dwt. The firm transports petroleum products and chemicals worldwide with its modern…

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

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Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

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