Marine Link
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Chemical Industry News

AWO, ACC Renew Chemical Shipping Agreement

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and The American Chemistry Council (ACC) have renewed for three years a Memorandum of Agreement to promote environmental, health, safety and security performance through ACC's Responsible Care and AWO's Responsible Carrier Program. This agreement was originally executed in 2006, and subsequently renewed in 2010 and 2013. The MOA extends cooperation and collaboration between chemical shippers and carriers and provides ACC's Responsible Care Partner companies in the marine sector the option of using AWO's Responsible Carrier Program audit system to meet ACC's Responsible Care certification requirements. Chemicals account for roughly 10 percent of total barge traffic, with 70 million tons moved by barge in 2014.

Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Tankers

Intertanko, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Chemical Tankers. This information paper brings together the regulatory requirements and guidance governing the provision of SDS and outlines the key information that should be contained in a safety data sheet. This paper is intended to serve as a single point of reference for seafarers, owners and shippers. SDSs are documents which convey hazard information to anyone who may be involved in the preparation, handling, use and/or carriage of substances of mixtures that may be hazardous.

EMSA Updates Chemical-spill Advice Service

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) reminds of its rapid-response service providing expert advice on chemicals in maritime emergencies. In close cooperation with the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre), EMSA created the MAR-ICE Network in 2008. It offers remote product and incident- specific information and advice within 1 hour of the request and more detailed information shortly thereafter. Information provided within one hour includes safety data sheets, and relevant data from international codes & 
regulations; shortly after it provides additional information on product properties from a knowlegeable chemical company (if necessary).

China Planning $100 bln Merger of Sinochem, ChemChina

Photo: Sinochem Group

Chinese state-owned chemical companies Sinochem Group and ChemChina are in discussions about a possible merger to create a chemicals, fertilizer and oil giant with almost $100 billion in annual revenue, reports Reuters. The deal was reportedly proposed by China’s central government. “The government has given the mandate to let Sinochem lead in this potential merger with ChemChina,” said a source. The combination of the two Chinese rivals is part of a broader strategy by the regulatory…

Vopak Says No Go On Tank Storage Sale

Dutch-based chemical distribution and storage company Vopak NV said on Monday it was not considering selling its tank storage activities despite interest from another company. Vopak's statement followed a report that the company had received a 1.1 billion euro bid for its tank storage activities from a foreign company. But Vopak said hiving off the tank storage activities, which contributed about two-thirds of the company's cash flow, was not consistent with its strategy. "Capitalizing on the prevailing cohesion between logistics and chemical distribution continues to be the cornerstone of our strategy, particularly since the oil and chemical industry is increasingly striving for consolidation of its logistics and distribution activities," company officials said.

New Int’l Valve Group Created

Valco Group announced its entrance into the market for industrial valves. The new group, with revenues of about $100m in 2008, currently operates in the oil & gas, marine and energy & industry sectors. Valco Group has been formed from the Norwegian and French valve operations of the former Flowtech division of Technor Group. Valco Group, with its head office in Stavanger (Norway), has five operational units: The factory Westad Industri in Norway, the two French factories: Malbranque and SNRI…

Elemica to Acquire Optimum Logistics

Elemica has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stolt-Nielsen’s subsidiary Optimum Logistics Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, Elemica will acquire the full technology platform and the ongoing business operations of Optimum Logistics. operators, and freight forwarders. Current Optimum Logistics' client, Lyondell Chemical Company vice president for supply chain, Jeffrey L. Hemmer stated, "One of Lyondell's supply chain objectives is 'touchless fulfillment'. Our desire is to establish a virtual enterprise where we collaborate with our business partners to optimize the overall supply chain.

US Confirms Duties on China's Refrigerant Imports

The U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed steep duties on imports of refrigerant gas from China on Wednesday, saying the goods were sold too cheaply in the United States and were produced using Chinese government subsidies. Final duties on the gas known as 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, used in air conditioning systems, will range from 282.54 percent to 303.42 percent, taking both anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties into account, according to a statement from Commerce. Companies affected include Jiangsu Bluestar Green Technology Co, Shandong Dongyue Chemical Co Ltd, T.T. International Co and Zhejiang Sanmei Chemical Industry Co Ltd . The complaint was lodged by Mexichem Fluor Inc, a subsidiary of Mexico's Mexichem. The duties are subject to a final decision by the U.S.

Technip, BASF Sign Umbrella Agreement

Technip was awarded by BASF an Engineering Partner Umbrella Service Contract for chemical and petrochemical projects. Both companies are contemplating a long-term partnership which will provide BASF access to the extensive engineering resources of Technip for its capital investments notably in Europe, but also in other regions. The scope of work encompasses various kinds of services from studies, basic & detail engineering up to project implementation services. Technip’s operating center in Düsseldorf, Germany will coordinate the performance of the services under the umbrella agreement.

Videotel Works with Industry for Chemical Tanker Training

Chemical Tanker safety comes into sharp focus in a new training course from leading maritime training provider Videotel Marine International. The newly-launched Advanced Chemical Tanker Course has been developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), with the involvement of some of the biggest names in the chemical tanker industry. Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel CEO, explained the thinking behind the initiative, “Chemical companies employ some of the highest quality workforce and demand the highest quality training for that workforce.

Singapore Rolls Out LNG Bunkering Standard

Pic taken from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Corporate Video

The first Singapore Technical Reference (TR) 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering was launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SPRING Singapore and the Standards Development Organisation @ Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SDO@SCIC). This standard has been developed to provide a safe, efficient, sustainable and transparent technical framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in Singapore, thereby offering greater assurance to local and international LNG bunker buyers and suppliers.

ACL Establishes Environmental Consulting SErvice

American Commercial Lines Inc.has established an environmental and regulatory consulting service to include environmental compliance auditing, regulatory training, and general consulting in environmental and safety management. The company also announced that ACL was recently accepted for membership in the Responsible Care Partnership program of the American Chemistry Council. Responsible Care Partnership is a global chemical industry performance initiative and is the largest and most comprehensive environmental, health, safety, and security initiative in American industry. Since 1988, members of the American Chemistry Council have significantly improved their environmental, health, safety and security performance through the Responsible Care initiative.

Port Security Meeting Scheduled for Friday

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Breaux (D-La.) will hold a U.S. materials transportation at the University of Houston Law Center at 1:30 p.m. C.S.T., Friday, Jan. 11, 2002. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs officials. Prior to the hearing, at 11 a.m. Sam Houston (owned and operated by the Port of Houston Authority). tour, the vessel will dock back at the San Jacinto Battleground, and Sens. Hutchison and Breaux will be available to speak to media at 11:30 a.m. C.S.T. http://www.uh.edu/admin/media/newsroom/hearing.htm.

Stolt-Nielsen Norwalk Tanker Staff will move to Houston

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced its intention to relocate its tankers' staff in Norwalk, Connecticut to Houston, Texas. The move will consolidate the Company's U.S.-based staff in Houston, which is the port most frequently called by the global Stolt Tankers fleet. Stolt Tank Containers' U.S.-based personnel and the Company's largest wholly owned bulk liquid terminal are already located in Houston. Approximately 60 employees will be affected by the move, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, at which time the Norwalk office will be closed. Costs of the relocation will be borne between now and the completion of the relocation. "While office relocations are always difficult, the move is hard to argue against," said Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of SNL.

Broström Takes Delivery of Two Product Tankers

As earlier announced Broström has signed a contract to purchase two 14,300 dwt product tankers. The vessels were built 1999 in China with double hull and ice class 1A. The first of the two vessels have been delivered, with the second to be delivered before the end of this month. Both vessels will fly the Swedish flag. The vessels are renamed BRO JUPITER and BRO JUNO respectively and will join Broström's European fleet in order to serve the growing cargo volumes in the contract portfolio Broström has with major companies in the oil and chemical industry. Of Broström's total fleet

Omega's Debuts New Thermistor Probes

Omega introduced its new Thermistor Probes with M12 Connections, to be featured at the Sensors Expo and Conference. The TH-21 Series thermistor probes are constructed with the a glass encapsulated thermistor element which provide excellent stability and accuracy. With a maximum continuous temperature rating of -80 to 200°C (-112 to 392°F), and intermittent operation to 250°C (482°F), these thermistor sensors can be used in applications previously out of reach of epoxy coated thermistor sensors. The probes can be ordered in any length, but minimum immersion depth of 1.5" is recommended. Short probes run the risk of error due to stem conduction effects.

Omega Introduces Temperature/Process Meters

Photo: Omega

Omega’s new series is a simple to configure meter with alarms that features universal inputs, high accuracy, two relay alarm outputs, totally programmable color displays, built-in excitation, AC or DC powered units, front removable plug connectors, and programmable digital filter, the manufacturer said. The Dpi-AL series offers flexibility in process measurement and alarm applications, Omega added. This product can be used to monitor the temperature of a clean room and with the…

Stolt-Nielsen And CheMatch Join Forces

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. and CheMatch.com have formed an alliance to integrate Stolt-Nielsen’s (SNSA) Internet-based logistic system, ChemLink.com, with CheMatch.com’s Internet-based exchange. SNSA has also made a minority equity investment in CheMatch.com. CheMatch.com creates an online market where buyers and sellers benefit from price transparency, market data and global access to products – free of time and geographic boundaries. Holding a formidable place in logistics and supply chain management for the chemical industry through ChemLink, SNSA offers customers the ability to track and manage even the most complex bulk shipments through the supply chain.

NACD Selects ABS Quality Evaluations as Verifier

ABS QE's leading certification process has proven invaluable to organizations in a wide range of industries

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), a subsidiary of ABS Group, has been selected as a third-party verifier by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners, for the sixth cycle of the organization's Responsible Distribution program beginning in 2017. For 25 years, NACD has implemented Responsible Distribution as a mandatory third-party-verified environmental, health, safety and security verification program.

AWO and ACC Introduce Complement

In another step to enhance the safety of transportation of chemicals by water, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently finalized their joint ?Barge Assessment Complement.? The Complement is a tool designed to help chemical companies assess the safety and quality performance of barge carriers transporting chemicals. The Complement is completely voluntary and has been distributed to all AWO liquid carrier members for use as a safety assessment tool. It has also been made available as a safety management tool to all ACC members utilizing barge transportation. AWO adopted the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as a condition of membership in 1998 in an effort to improve the safety of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry.

AWO To Enhance Chem Transport Safety

In another step to enhance the safety of transportation of chemicals by water, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently finalized their joint "Barge Assessment Complement." The Complement is a tool designed to help chemical companies assess the safety and quality performance of barge carriers transporting chemicals. The Complement is completely voluntary and has been distributed to all AWO liquid carrier members for use as a safety assessment tool. It has also been made available as a safety management tool to all ACC members utilizing barge transportation. AWO adopted the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as a condition of membership in 1998 in an effort to improve the safety of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry.

RSC Bio Solutions Hires Technology VP

Bernie Roell

RSC Bio Solutions, developer of readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, has added Bernie Roell as vice president of technology. RSC Bio Solutions said it is aggressively addressing the needs of the biobased chemical industry for new innovative solutions for a wide range of applications. Roell will work to gain even more application approvals for company products and lead other quality, technology and application development initiatives in conjunction with the research and development department.

Construction and Drilling Training Center Opens

TQ Construction and Drilling Training Center Inaugurated in Dammam. Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam on Thursday, February 27, to launch the newest Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP), the Construction and Drilling Training Center. His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz attended the Inauguration, along with His Excellency, Eng. Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; Dr Ali Nasir Al-Ghofais, Governor of TVTC and His Excellency Mr Khalid Al-Falih, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco. The Construction and Drilling Training Center is the fourth SPSP to be opened in the Kingdom, with the original SPSP campus also located in Dammam, and other centers in Al Khafji and Rabigh.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Apr 2018 - Offshore Energy Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News