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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chemical Storage News

New Chemical Handling Service from Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group’s Gap Ridge Chemical handling facilities. (Photo: Ferguson Group)

Tank, Fluid Solutions and Bunded Storage for Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Introduced at Gap Ridge, Karratha. Ferguson Group Australia, global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules, has introduced a range of chemical services from its new base in Gap Ridge, Karratha WA. The purpose built base in Gap Ridge, Karratha was designed with integral chemical storage and handling facilities. Gap Ridge is within easy reach of ports, reducing the time taken to transport chemicals offshore.

LBC Tank Terminals' CFO to Leave the Company

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LBC Tank Terminals, one of the largest independent operators of bulk liquid storage terminals & the second largest independent chemical storage company in terms of global storage capacity announce that Chief Financial Officer, Lucas Barry, plans to leave LBC to return to his native Australia. "Lucas has been nothing but a rock solid partner to me and support to the LBC Tank Terminals group since the day he walked in the door just over 3 years ago. His contribution, performance and achievements speak for themselves." said Brett Simpson, CEO of the LBC Group.

Vopak Reports '99 Net Down, Eyes Improvement

Dutch shipping and tank storage firm Vopak NV reported that its ordinary net profit fell by 5.3 percent in 1999, but said it expected improvements this year. Net profit from ordinary activities fell to $163.2 million, from $174.4 million in 1998, roughly in line with analysts' forecasts and earlier indications from the company of a five to 10 percent drop. The weakness was largely due to a drop in earnings at Tanker Shipping as excess capacity pressured rates. Total group net profits fell to $105. 3 million from $170 million, after $51.7 million of one-off charges mostly related to last year's merger. Vopak, the world's largest oil and chemical storage firm, was formed last year through the combination of Dutch rivals Van Ommeren and Pakhoed.

Stolt-Nielsen and Oiltanking Announce Joint Venture

Stolt-Nielsen announced an agreement in principle between Stolthaven Terminals BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNSA, and Oiltanking GmbH whereby Stolthaven Terminals BV will acquire a 50% interest in Oiltanking Antwerp N.V. for a total consideration of approximately $64 million, which is paid partly in cash and partly by assumption of outstanding debts. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and will be retroactive to January 1, 2006. The terminal will be renamed Oiltanking Stolthaven Antwerp and will continue to operate as an independent liquid and gas storage provider. Oiltanking Stolthaven Antwerp is located on the right…

Report on 2010 Fire, Explosion on Bulk Carrier

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire and explosion on board a self-unloading (SUL) bulk carrier in western Scotland on 2 July 2010.  The fire probably was the result of hotwork recently performed near the cargo conveyor belt.  The hotwork was not performed in accordance with established safety procedures.  Elements of the conveyor belt are highly flammable.  There were no effective means of early detection or containment of the fire, which spread to the engineroom and nearby spaces used for chemical storage.  The chemicals exploded, severely damaging the ship.  Report 5/2011 (5/5/11).   (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Ferguson Launches New Offshore Bunded Tank

Photo: Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group, a supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, mud skips, tanks, refrigeration/freezer modules, accommodation and workspace modules also certified to DNV 2.7-2, has introduced bunded tanks to its offshore fleet. The new tanks are designed to be used where HSE mandates a bunded area, but there is insufficient space to provide this. Therefore they are suited for places such as vessels, platforms, jack ups and rigs. The new bunded T11 chemical tanks are made of 316 stainless steel…

PPG Introduces New Line of Marine Coatings

PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) protective and marine coatings business has introduced NOVAGUARD(TM), PHENGUARD(TM) and SIGMAGUARD(TM) CSF coatings for petrochemical and biofuel storage tank lining applications in the United States. The addition of solvent-free NOVAGUARD and SIGMAGUARD CSF coatings and of solvent-borne PHENGUARD coatings provides storage tank owners and maintenance engineers with a comprehensive range of PPG tank lining solutions for all types of chemical storage.

Vopak to Divest from 15 Terminals

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Dutch oil and chemicals storage company Vopak said on Wednesday it would divest from 15 primarily smaller terminals and planned to cut capital expenditure by about $136 million (100 million euros). The world's largest independent storage tank operator has suffered from the harsh business climate in Europe, where high crude prices and sinking diesel profits have prompted refiners to cut operating rates by nearly a quarter this summer. "Since 2013, the tank storage market has been…

Canal Barge Announces New Terminal Group

U.S. based marine transportation and management service company, Canal Barge Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of a new bulk chemical storage and distribution entity, Canal Terminal Company, in Joliet, Ill. Located at mile 281 on the Illinois River System on more than 50 acres of company-owned property, Canal Terminal is a multi-mode liquid storage facility designed to handle a diverse range of hazardous and non-hazardous specialty chemicals. With 100,000 bbls of new capacity, supported by 2 barge docks, 2 truck racks and more than 2,600 feet of rail siding, Canal Terminal is designed to achieve rapid turnaround times for barges, rail cars and trucks. Canal Terminal is just south of downtown Chicago at the intersection of Interstates 55 and 80.

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.

Vopak To Sell Tankers

Dutch chemicals storage and shipping company Koninklijke Vopak reported a five percent rise in 2000 net profit, driven by its North American distribution business, and forecast a sharper rise in the current year. Vopak, the world leader in tank storage, said net profits after payouts of preferential share dividends rose to 160.1 million euros ($148.9 million) in 2000 from 152.2 million euros in the previous year. Vopak said profits after goodwill write-offs were likely to rise by eight to 10 percent in 2001, and also forecast a rise in net profit before goodwill and one-time charges of 19-21 percent in the current year. Company watchers said although the 2000 figures came as no surprise, the outlook for 2001 was slightly disappointing.

Ecochlor Selects Drew Marine for Global Resupply and Service Support

Ecochlor signed an agreement with Drew Marine to assist them in providing logistics support for the resupply of their BWTS precursor chemicals at selected ports and harbors globally. In addition, Drew Marine will provide chemical storage at designated ports, delivery of the precursor chemicals, and technical support to ships fitted with the Ecochlor BWTS. “This collaboration aligns with our vision to offer a strong commitment to the safety of mariners as well as expands our efforts to meet the chemical resupply and maintenance needs of the shipowner…

Vopak Launches Concurrent Bunkering Services in Singapore

Vopak, the world's largest independent storage tank operator, has launched a new service that allows tankers docking at its Singapore Sebarok oil terminal to refuel while simultaneously loading or discharging cargoes. "The new concurrent bunkering service is in line with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's directive to improve port efficiency," Vopak said in a statement on Tuesday. The service eliminates the time needed to move tankers calling at the Sebarok terminal to designated anchorages in Singapore's congested waters for refuelling, also known as bunkering. Prior to this, tanker vessels were required to sail to the anchorage to receive their bunkers, the Dutch oil and chemicals storage company said.

Chemical Tankers Market to Grow at a CAGR of 4.5% by 2022

Pic: Bahri (Saudi Arabia)

The chemical tankers market is projected to grow from USD 26.63 billion in 2017 to USD 33.11 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.5% between 2017 and 2022, said a research report. The flourishing chemical industry and increasing use of water transportation for transferring chemicals from one place to another across the globe are the major driving factors for the growth of the chemical tankers market, said Report Linker. Chemical tankers market includes revenues earned through shipping of chemicals and related products.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Uses Omnipure

Photo courtesy Boyd Tamney Cross Marketing, Inc.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding of Korea, one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, has purchased the first OMNIPURE Series 55 marine sanitation system from Severn Trend De Nora for use on a new drill ship. The OMNIPURE Series 55 system complies with MEPC.159(55) effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants across a variety of offshore and marine installations. The model 5556 system has a treatment capacity of 56 m3/day (14,793 gal/day). Its personnel treatment capacity is 550 people for black water and 225 for black and gray water.

Severn Trent De Nora Introduces Mariner Omnipure

Severn Trent De Nora has introduced the Mariner Omnipure series of marine sanitation devices. The USCG Certified Type II Mariner Omnipure units provide the same electrolytic treatment benefits of larger Omnipure units, but with less maintenance and a small, compact size designed for workboats, crewboats and vessels. With treatment capacities of up to 60 persons in black water and up to 25 persons in black and gray water, the largest unit treats 1,796 gallons (6,800 liters) of human wastewater per day. The Mariner Omnipure provides effective electrolytic treatment of both black and gray water through a patented and certified treatment process.

ABB to Equip AET's New Shuttle Tankers

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ABB said it has won an order from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries to equip two new 125,000 DWT shuttle tankers contracted to the world's largest offshore operator Statoil ASA. Ordered by petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET and scheduled for delivery in 2019, the vessels will transport oil from the Statoil fields on the Norwegian and U.K. continental shelves to land-based terminals. The two twin-skeg specialist DP2 offshore loading shuttle tankers will feature a range of ABB’s power and automation solutions, including the power distribution system Onboard DC Grid.

Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat

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Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, was recently awarded a contract to design and build a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory. The vessel will operate in Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and adjoining inland waterways. The vessel will be conducting water sampling research along with marine buoy calibration, maintenance and retrieval, tours and shoreline surveys, dive and ROV operations. This will be the thirteenth foil assisted catamaran Kvichak has built since 2000.

Vessel Retrofitted with Wastewater Treatment System

Vehicle ferry Bowen Queen, operated by the British Columbia Ferry Corporation (BCFC), has been retrofitted with Hydroxyl's enclosed wastewater treatment system. The Hydroxyl system uses ozone to disinfect the effluent rather than chlorine, thereby eliminating the need for chemical storage on the vessel. In biological treatment systems, bacteria are used to "eat" the organic products and chlorine is subsequently added to disinfect the effluent prior to discharge. Non-biological systems screen the solids but the harmful byproducts of using chlorine are still evident and the soluble organics are not removed. As a result, this type of system…

Finnish Ambassador for the UK visits Teesport

Andrew Oxby, Operations Manager, Teesdock, PD Ports (left), Olwyn Peters, Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland (center) and Pekka Huhtaniemi, Finnish Ambassador for the UK (right).

The Finnish Ambassador for the UK recently visited PD Ports owned Teesport, to see the facility’s latest cranes, purchased from a Finnish manufacturer. As part of his tour of north-east England and Edinburgh, Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi visited the port with his wife, Liisa Huhtaniemi, met with senior port officials and was taken on a tour of the dock estate and shown around the port on a launch boat. Mr Huhtaniemi then viewed the four new RTG (rubber-tyred gantry) cranes delivered to Teesport on 18 August.

Huge Saudi Sadara Project Signs Deals for Storage, Port Services

King Fahd Industrial Port

Saudi Arabia's Sadara Basic Services, fully owned by Sadara Chemical Co, has signed agreements covering storage facilities and port services, it said on Sunday as the firm prepares to start producing petrochemicals by the end of this year. Sadara Chemical is a $20 billion petrochemical joint venture between national oil giant Saudi Aramco and U.S. firm Dow Chemical. The partners have said the venture will go ahead on schedule despite slumping global oil and petrochemical prices.

Boston Whaler Fights Ohio River Crime

Boston Whaler 25-foot Guardian

Residents and businesses along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Penn., will soon see a new Boston Whaler 25-foot Guardian on patrol. More than $3.4 billion worth of goods is transported through the county annually via the river. A recent risk assessment exercise revealed that law enforcement was not adequately equipped to handle a crisis on the waterway. Crime-related or emergency incidents historically have been handled by non-local response teams, which significantly increased response times.

Virtue Investment Pumping up to $5 Mln into PBES

PBES and Virtue Investment Fund today announced the completion of terms and transfer of first tranche of funds for an investment into PBES’ parent company TTB Holdings. In a first investment phase Virtue Investment is initially investing up to $5M USD into the group and is committed to investing further during 2018. This investment will provide PBES energy storage both immediate and on going financial support to help develop global markets and position PBES for initial public offering in 2018. “Virtue Investment Fund is the ideal partner to help PBES grow to the next level and deliver existing business,” said Brent Perry, PBES Chief Executive Officer. “We are very happy to have found the right partner to help us grow.

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