Uncertainty Surrounds USCG BWT Standards
As of January 1, 2016, vessels are no longer able to discharge ballast in U.S. waters unless their BWT systems are compliant with stringent demands from the USCG. Experts believe that now, more than ever, it is imperative that shipowners make the right BWT choice. “There’s so much confusion surrounding the issue of ballast water treatment now,” says Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen, the head of a firm that brought the first ever commercial BWT system to market back in 2000. “The IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention is close to ratification…
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 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.
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…
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)
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.
Finnish Ambassador for the UK visits Teesport
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.
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.
Boston Whaler Fights Ohio River Crime
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.
LBC Tank Terminals' CFO to Leave the Company
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.
Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat
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.
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…
Offshore Chemical Storage Okayed by Australian Authorities
A shipload of potentially explosive chemicals sitting off Newcastle, New South Wales, was given the all-clear by a federal agency, the NSW government says, according to a report in 'The Sydney Morning Herald' newspaper. Chemicals manufacturer Orica loaded about 3000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate onto the cargo ship MCP Kopenhagen for storage while the company carries out maintenance at its Kooragang Island plant. An AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) spokesman said eight operational deficiencies identified on the ship were fixed before the vessel sailed from port. None of the deficiencies related to the carriage of dangerous cargo, and none was serious enough for AMSA to detain the vessel, the spokesman said.
Ferguson Launches New Offshore Bunded Tank
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…
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.
NACD Selects ABS Quality Evaluations as Verifier
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.
New BWM Regs Cometh - Are you ready?
The global market for BWT systems is predicted to grow to over $34 billion through 2020 in response to IMO and USCG-based ballast water discharge regulations (Frost and Sullivan, 2012). BWT systems are now manufactured by dozens of companies around the world, including traditional suppliers of marine equipment, suppliers of municipal water and wastewater treatment equipment, and shipbuilders. As of November 2013, 35 BWT systems have received IMO-type approval from foreign administrations, and 28 of these have been accepted into the AMS program by the USCG.
STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Uses Omnipure
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.
New Chemical Handling Service from 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.