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Saturday, December 15, 2018

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LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research.

AET Grows in Brazil

Eagle Paraiba. Photo: AET_Tankers

With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew, Global Director – Mid Size Tankers, Crude Shipping, about AET Tankers’ history and its operations in Brazil.AET (formerly American Eagle Tankers) was founded in Houston in 1994 primarily to conduct lightering operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Vikner Joins MJP as COO

Mia Vikner (Photo: MJP)

Marine Jet Power (MJP) has welcomed its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mia Vikner. In this role, Vikner will be responsible for operational efficiencies as well as process implementation to drive the continued growth of the company. Vikner joins the company after serving in various roles within Uson Marine Group, where she most recently held the post of CEO at the company’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. With over ten years of experience in the marine industry, Mia is…

Avic Dingheng Shipyard Delivers LNG Vessel to Sirius Shipping

Image: Sirius Shipping

Swedish shipping company Sirius Shipping Sirius Shipping has taken delivery of its first 7999-dwt LNG-ready oil/chemical tanker Saturnus from the Avic  Dingheng Shipyard  in China.The Backman family- founded company said in a press release that the work to develop the Evolution concept started six years ago with the purpose to develop a vessel design where the entire underwater body, hull, rudder and propeller would be designed and chosen to obtain the best possible hydrodynamic…

Ardmore Shipping Refinances Three Vessels

Image: Ardmore Shipping Corporation

Bermuda-based product and chemical tankers owner Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has signed binding agreements for the refinancing of three vessels.The provider of seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors has signed agreements for the sale and leaseback, under a finance lease arrangement, of the Ardmore Exporter and Ardmore Seavanguard, two 2014-built 50,000 Dwt Eco-design MR tankers, with a high-quality financier in China.The lease agreements are for a period of seven years…

Russia's Rosneft Signs Oil and Gas Deal with China

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Russian oil giant Rosneft said that China National Chemical, known as ChemChina, agreed to purchase 2.4 million tons a year of crude oil. That amount is equivalent to 6% of Rosneft's total exports to China in 2017.Crude oil from Eastern Siberia will be transported to a Russian Far East port by pipeline and will reach China via Russia’s Pacific port of Kozmino.The deal allows for increasing crude oil supplies to China’s market, which is a strategic one for Rosneft, the Russian…

Royal Vopak Rraises Stake in Pakistan LNG Terminal

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Dutch petroleum storage company Royal Vopak announced that it will acquire in total 44% in Elengy Terminal Pakistan Ltd  (ETPL) in separate transactions with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Engro Corporation Ltd (Engro Corporation). This includes the acquisition of a 29% share announced in July.ETPL's wholly owned subsidiary, Engro Elengy Terminal (Pvt) Ltd (EETPL) owns an LNG facility which is located in Port Qasim in Pakistan, adjacent to the Engro Vopak chemical…

Hardide Coating for Subsea Duties

Image: Hardide Coatings

The provider of advanced surface coating technology Hardide Coatings has provided a coating solution for a new tool that will save oil and gas operators millions of pounds per year by extending weather windows for drilling operations.According to a press release from the manufacturer of coatings,  well construction specialist DeltaTek Global selected the Hardide CVD (chemical vapour deposition) tungsten carbide-based coating for the key component of its new ArticuLock tool.ArticuLock…

Swedegas Renewable Gas Bunkering at Gothenburg Port

Image: LNG Gothenburg

Swedegas, the owner of the gas grid in Sweden, conducted the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation at its new facility at the Port of Gothenburg.Gothenburg-based shipping company Terntank was the very first operator to take on  LNG at a new bunkering facility, said the Swedish owner and operator of the high-pressure gas grid.Not only liquefied natural gas, LNG, but also liquefied biogas, LBG, it added.“Being able to offer this unique opportunity represents a major breakthrough…

Azerbaijan Shipping to Fight Environmental Pollution

Pic: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) said that environmental protection ihas been one of its main criteria of sustainable development.The Azerbaijani shipping company said in a press release that it keeps in the center of constant attention the minimization of environmental impacts of sludges, waste oil, fuel, other liquid and solid wastes obtained during the operation of vessels and the functioning of onshore facilities, on water basins, ground and air.Preventive measures…

Ship Operating Costs Rise for Second Successive Year: Drewry

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

As the cost inflation is set to accelerate on higher insurance premiums, average vessel operating costs rose modestly for the second year in succession following two years of marked declines, according to the latest report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.The report titled 'Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast 2018/19' said that typical ship operating costs accelerated moderately in 2018 as the uncertain recovery in freight markets across most cargo sectors gained momentum.Opex costs are heavily linked to developments in the wider shipping market as some costs…

Samsung Heavy Uses Eco-friendly Paint for Vessels

Image: Jotun

South Korea's shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has applied a solvent-free coating on its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, saying it is the first case of a commercial ship applying such an eco-friendly paint.According to the company, it has successfully applied the solvent-free coating, which it jointly developed with Norwegian paint firm Jotun, to its 7,500 cubic-meter LNG carrier. A solvent is a chemical additive used to reduce the viscosity of paints for better application.Backed by the fact that there is virtually no solvent…

Andritz Wins Order for Dry Scrubber

Andritz to supply desulfurization plant to the ferry operator La MĂ©ridionale, France. Photo: Andritz

International technology Group Andritz has received orders from two renowned shipping companies to supply SeaSOx desulfurization systems for exhaust gas cleaning, thus confirming Andritz’s know-how in exhaust cleaning technologies.Installation of both SeaSOx systems is scheduled for March 2019, said a press release from the Austrian plant engineering group.Andritz claims that it is the only company worldwide offering wet scrubber as well as dry scrubber solutions for the shipping industry – under the tradename SeaSOx.In line with the requirements of the shipping industry…

Oman Shipping: Strong Domestic Performance

Debasish Mohapatra (Photo: OSC)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) is reporting strong performance in domestic markets following long-term deals with local refineries and traders including ORPIC and OTI.OSC’s growth in the region is being driven by a 20-year contract to transport condensate for ORPIC (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) and a 15-year deal transporting methanol for OTI (Oman Trading International) from Salalah Methanol plant.The company is further supporting the export of LPG from Sohar Refinery to Yemen, Sudan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Ineos to Buy ConocoPhillips North Sea Assets

North Sea. Image: ConocoPhillips

Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe's oil and gas company Ineos Group Holdings is in exclusive talks with ConocoPhillips to buy North Sea oil and gas fields worth $3 billion from the U.S. energy company.Various news paper reports say that British petrochemicals company has confirmed it is negotiating to buy several North Sea oil fields from U.S. energy giant.The Sunday Times, which first reported the story, said that the period is said to be set to three months after the entity registered in Switzerland agreed to pay a "substantial" deposit.Accoding to the Financial Times…

Linde Group Bags Chinese LNG Contract

Pic: Linde Group

The technology company The Linde Group has been awarded a contract from Chinese chemical and energy company Inner Mongolia Huineng Coal Chemical Co Ltd to supply a mid-scale LNG plant near Beinichuan in Inner Mongolia."This will be Linde’s seventh and largest LNG plant to date in China and is in response to growing demand from customers in China," said a release from the company.Linde's Engineering Division will be responsible for engineering, procurement and site services for the LNG plant with a nameplate capacity of 750…

Poynting Releases Its Latest LTE Antennas

Photo: Poynting

Poynting has recently released their latest Cellular LTE/5G Ready omni-directional antennas that can be used to improve your internet speed whether you are working in the city or require connectivity at sea.Poynting’s new OMNI-402 and the OMNI-600 MIMO omni antennas are based on the very popular marine antenna (OMNI-291), already used by boat owners worldwide. These antennas all share the same physical radiation elements within the antenna enclosure, which result in similar performance…

Coast Guard Approves Another BWTS Entry

Marine Safety Center issues 13th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval certificate.The Marine Safety Center issued the 13th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the BallastAce BWMS consists of filtration with chemical injection during uptake and neutralization during discharge.

Odfjell: Chemical Tanker Market Remains Stable

Photo Credit:  Odfjell

Odfjell SE has reported its results for Third Quarter 2018. The results reflect a stable chemical tanker market and stable underlying results from Odfjell Terminals when adjusting for the Rotterdam terminal.Odfjell SE reports EBITDA of USD 32 million compared with USD 37 million in the previous quarter.Highlights for the third quarter of 2018:• EBITDA of USD 27 million from Odfjell Tankers compared to USD 28 million in second quarter• ODFIX was down 2.0% for the quarter compared…

Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

Photo: Oregon State University

Construction of a new Oregon State University (OSU) bound research ship that will advance the science of coastal environments, and support research on topics such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, and sea level rise, officially began today at Gulf Island Shipyards in Louisiana.Officials from OSU the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Gulf Island Shipyards LLC gathered at the shipyard in Houma, La. for the keel-laying ceremony, marking the start of fabrication of the state-of-the art ship.

TOP Ships Signs New TC with BP

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Greece-based ship-owning company TOP Ships announced that it has agreed a new time charter employment contract for 2 years with BP Shipping Ltd for its product/chemical tanker M/T Eco Revolution.The international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient “ECO” tanker vessels currently focusing on the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products, said in a press release that the new time charter will commence in January 2019 immediately after the expiry of the present…

Ardmore Shipping Adds SEDNA Platform

Image: Ardmore Shipping

Product and chemical tanker operator Ardmore Shipping has chosen SEDNA as its new email management and team collaboration platform for their global commercial desks, including operations, chartering and commercial finance teams.According to Ha Eun Ruppelt, Ardmore Shipping’s Commercial Project Manager, the decision to choose SEDNA began with the organization’s commitment to achieving the same high standards of efficiency and operational performance in its commercial activities…

Shipbuilding: ST Engineering Wins $311m in Contracts

ST Engineering reports that its marine sector won $311m worth of shipbuilding/repair contracts in the third quarter alone, including options for its shipbuilding business, as well as the ship and rig repair segments for progressive deliveries at its yards in Singapore and the US. In the US, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded its US shipyard a contract, including options worth $244m for the detailed design and construction (DD&C) of two firm and up to four optional Auxiliary Personnel Lighter Small APL Class Berthing Barges. The anticipated delivery periods of the two firm vessels are in the second and third quarter of 2020, respectively.

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