Chemical Tanker News

10 Feb 2020

Top Ships Adds M/T Eco Los Angeles

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The international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" tanker vessels Top Ships announced that it took delivery of the 50,000 dwt scrubber fitted newbuilding M/T Eco Los Angeles.The product/chemical tanker constructed at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea.Meanwhile, the Greek tanker owner has recently entered into agreements to dispose of an MR2 tanker pair.The ships, Stenaweco Elegance and Eco Palm Desert, have been sold to unaffiliated third parties.

16 Jan 2020

Search Called Off for Two Missing After Ship Collision

The stern of Pappy's Pride appears above the waterline beside the vessel's inflatable life raft after a collision with chemical tanker Bow Fortune in Galveston, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Galveston)

Responders have called off a search for two fisherman missing following a fatal ship collision near Galveston, Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday.One crew member has been rescued, one is deceased and two remain missing at the conclusion of a three-day search involving the Coast Guard and local responders that covered more than 49 square miles by aerial flights, shore patrols and maritime searches.“It is never an easy decision to suspend a search," said Cmdr. Jordan Baldueza, Sector Houston-Galveston search and rescue mission coordinator.

15 Jan 2020

One Dead, Two Missing in Galveston Ship Collision

The stern of Pappy's Pride appears above the waterline beside the vessel's inflatable life raft after a collision in Galveston, Texas. Coast Guard crews continue to search for two of the four crew members aboard after a collision between the fishing vessel and chemical tanker Bow Fortune. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Galveston)

The US Coast Guard and local authorities on Wednesday continue to search for two fishermen missing after a fatal vessel collision in Galveston, Texas.The Coast Guard said four fisherman were forced into the water on Tuesday afternoon when their 81-foot vessel Pappy's Pride capsized following a collision with the 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune near the Galveston jetties.One crew member has been rescued, one is deceased and two are missing.One of the individuals from the capsized…

12 Jan 2020

Odfjell Adds Bow Odyssey to its Fleet

The crew gathers for the flag hoisting. Photos: Odfjell

Odfjell SE,  a company specializing in worldwide seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other speciality bulk liquids, said that it took the delivery of Bow Odyssey - the third of its series of four newbuilt, 49,000 dwt chemical tankers.The Hudong class vessel was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co.Ltd Shanghai China.The so-called Hudong series consists of four sister vessels, all with the same high-end technology and advanced features that in 2019 earned the first vessel…

09 Jan 2020

Great Ships 2019: T. Elinor

Photo: RMK Marine

Adnan NefesoÄźlu, RMK MARINE’s CEO, thought a short moment and  replied by reflecting his self-confidence “Yes, we can do”, when the local client came and asked RMK MARINE in early 2016 that: “We have two main engines, procured eight years ago and standing in a depot since then. They have Tier I feature. Can you convert them first to Tier II compliant engines, to be followed with Tier III compliant features, make them fully operable and then can you build two ships around 15.000-16.000 dwt…

08 Dec 2019

AET Wins $245Mln Charter Deal with Shell

Image: AET Tanker Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tanker Holdings has been awarded three long-term time charter contracts by Brazil Shipping I Limited, a Shell group entity.The subsidiary of Malaysia’s maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad said in a press release that Under the terms of the deal it will own and operate the related newbuilding Suezmax Class Dynamic Positioning (DP) shuttle tankers for operations in international and Brazilian waters.The estimated contract…

03 Dec 2019

Odfjell Adds Navig8 Chemical Tankers

Image: Odfjell SE

Navig8 Chemical Tankers, an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals,  has agreed to enter four of its 25,000-dwt chemical tankers into a pool operated by the Norwegian tanker owner and operator Odfjell.Following the delivery of the vessels, the 'Chempool25' will total 19 vessels with Odfjell contributing with ten vessels, CTG five vessels and N8CTI four vessels. Odfjell will continue to be the operator of all vessels in the pool.“We are pleased to welcome N8CTI as a partner.

15 Nov 2019

Team Tankers Sells Two Ships

Hans Feringa, CEO. Photo: Team Tankers International

Bermuda-based global shipping company Team Tankers International finalized the sale of the last two of its five older medium range (MR) tankers.Team Tankers has managed to free up a funds for new investments after divesting MR tankers, said CEO Hans Feringa.Feringa said: “We finalized the sale of the last two of our five older MRs at attractive levels, concentrating our efforts on our younger, more sophisticated, deep sea assets. With the sale of the older MRs and certain intermediate ships…

06 Nov 2019

Seasonality Impacts Chemical Tanker Market

Pic: Odfjell SE

The chemical tanker earnings for the third quarter of 2019 was impacted by the usual seasonal slowdown in volumes while rates remained stable, said Odfjell Group.According to the company specializing in worldwide seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other specialty bulk liquids,spot rates were stable to slightly stronger on the front haul routes but strong competition and seasonally lower volumes on the back-haul routes had a negative impact on the overall market.A…

10 Oct 2019

South Africa to Have First Chemical Tanker Ship

Image courtesy: Sasol

Nduna Maritime, a subsidiary of the Mnambithi Group, and the integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol have invested in South Africa's first locally-owned chemical tanker with a funding agreement made through the Sasol Siyakha Trust.The Bow Cecil is claimed to be the first South Africa flagged vessel to transport chemicals to international markets. "We are particularly proud of this landmark agreement, as it is a significant investment into localizing and diversifying our supply chain.

07 Oct 2019

VLCC with New SOx Scrubber Delivered

Photo: NYK Group

The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Tanzawa, the first new NYK-owned vessel to include an SOx scrubber, has been delivered into the NYK fleet. On October 3, a naming and delivery ceremony was held at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation, and attended by Akira Kono, NYK managing corporate officer, and other related parties.The new vessel is equipped with a scrubber that is compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) more stringent SOx emission regulation…

03 Oct 2019

"Green" Ammonia's Future as a Marine Fuel

Longyearbyen is the largest town in Svalbard and may become one of the first large scale consumers of green hydrogen or ammonia produced from wind farms in Finnmark. Photo credit Visit Svalbard.

Ammonia, the same pungent solution used in fertilizers and cleaning agents, may one day be the key to transporting renewable energy around the world. There are currently a number of government and corporate projects assessing the feasibility of converting excess renewable energy from sources like wind, solar, tidal and nuclear into ammonia and then back into usable energy.In its purist form, ammonia or NH3 is composed of one nitrogen and three hydrogen atoms making it an ideal candidate to chemically bind excess renewable energy.

01 Oct 2019

FDX Offshore Acquires Womar Logistics

Image: Watson Farley & Williams

Connecticut-based maritime finance company FDX Offshore has acquired Singapore’s tanker pool operator Womar Logistics. Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised FDX Offshore on its acquisition.The partnership intends to expand its chemical tanker pools as well as initiate and grow independent pools in other classes of ships.FDX is led by Managing Partner Jake Scott and Partner Andy Tuchman who will both become Womar board members. Formed in 2013, FDX has been providing financial advice and capital sourcing to maritime and energy projects.Incorporated in early 2009…

27 Sep 2019

Containership Strikes Tanker in Greece

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Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) confirmed reports that its chartered containership ONE Blue Jay came into contact with a chemical tanker near Port of Perama, Piraeus, Greece, at around 2 p.m. local time on Thursday."There are no reports of pollution from ONE Blue Jay, and we can confirm our crew are safe," ONE said in a statement. Local authorities said there were 23 crew on board the containership at the time of the incident. The Japanese flagged vessel is currently berthed at the Port of Permana while investigations are ongoing…

26 Sep 2019

Maersk Tankers Acquires Seven AET Vessels

Picture: AET

Product tanker operator Maersk Tankers has now completed its acquisition of seven chemical tanker ships, which the company wil take over from AET Tanker Holdings, a Malaysian-owned global shipping company specializing in the ocean transport of crude oil and refined products.Built in Korea in 2009 and 2010, the second-hand Handy vessels are of shallow drafted design with a good cargo intake and an increased chemical/IMO capability.“In line with our strategic goal of developing a dynamic fleet and our belief in the tanker market…

12 Sep 2019

Hunter Join's World's First Scrubber VLCC Pool

Image: Tankers International Pool

Hunter Tankers, a subsidiary of Norwegian investment company Hunter Group, has selected Tankers International Ltd as commercial manager for its fleet of very large crude carriers (VLCCs).According to Oslo-based company, Tankers International, a chemical tanker company, would establish “the world’s first scrubber-fitted VLCC pool.”In addition to the Hunter vessels the pool will consist of vessels from Hartree Maritime Partners Ltd., International Seaways Inc., Oak Maritime (HK) Inc.…

01 Sep 2019

Chemical Tanker Market to Recover

Pic: Odfjell SE

The recovery of the chemical tanker market continued into the second quarter as main drivers were strong US exports and healthy volume development throughout the quarter on main trades, said Odfjell SE.The Clean Petroleum Products (CPP) market weakened which led to a net increase of 20 coated MR's trading chemical/veg-oils during the quarter, hereby increasing supply pressure for chemical tankers towards the end of the quarter, said the company specializing in worldwide seaborne…

22 Aug 2019

APC Announces Retirement of Harrington

Joseph F. Harrington (Photo: APC)

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has announced the retirement of Joseph F. Harrington after 25 years with Advanced Polymer Coatings. In 1994 he was approached by Don Keehan, Chairman of Advanced Polymer Coatings, to further develop the Marine Coatings industry with APC’s MarineLINE high-performance coating. Today MarineLINE is the industry leader in high performance coatings for the chemical tanker industry.APC President David Keehan says, “Joe Harrington has had a remarkable track record of 59 years in the coatings industry.

05 Aug 2019

NTSB Weighs in on McCain Collision

File image of the USS John McCain (Credit: U.S. Navy)

Insufficient Training, Inadequate Bridge Operating Procedures, Lack of Operational Oversight Led to Fatal Ship Collision. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that the Aug. 21, 2017, collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC was caused by insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight.Ten sailors aboard the John S McCain died in the accident and 48 were injured when the ships collided in the Middle Channel passage of the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.

04 Jul 2019

Mostraum Delivered to Utkilen

Photo: FKAB Marine Design

Bergen-headquartered shipping company Utkilen said it has taken delivery of Mostraum, the LNG-ready 10,500 DWT chemical tanker.The vessel is stainless steel tanker and is a very environmentally friendly design with focus on low fuel consumption, reduced NOx emissions and to prepare her for possible future upgrades of fuel with the installed LNG ready engine, claimed a press release.Shore power is installed with a capacity enough to handle loading and unloading. The high loading…

02 Jun 2019

Nordic Shipholding Sells Nordic Ruth

Pic: Nordic Shipholding A/S

Danish Shipowner Nordic Shipholding entered a new sale and purchase memorandum of agreement to dispose Nordic Ruth vessel, which the company didn't manage to sell, in the past.Nordic Ruth is a 2000-built handysize product/chemical tanker. It tanker would be sold for USD 5.8 million.Nordic Shipholding A/S does not expect the sale to have any significant impact on the outlook for 2019 as provided in the Q1 2019 Report on 22 May 2019.The vessel was built in 2005, and is a 35,800…

29 May 2019

McKeil Marine Adds Chemical Tanker

Image: McKeil Marine

Canada’s marine services provider McKeil Marine Limited has acquired Topaz, an IMO 2, ice class 1A chemical tanker.With this newest addition to its diversified fleet of tugs, barges, workboats and vessels, including bulkers, cement carriers, and tankers, McKeil expands its offering and is poised for additional growth.The Panamanian-flagged Topaz built in 2009, measures 137 metres by 20 metres, with a DWT of 13,965 metric tonnes. The vessel was acquired to service the needs of McKeil’s customer Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.

08 May 2019

Chemical Tanker Market Improves: Odfjell

Pic: Odfjell Tankers

The chemical tanker market saw continued improvements into what normally is a seasonally weaker first quarter, said Odfjell Group, a company specialising in worldwide seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other speciality bulk liquids.Strong exports from the US and Middle East were key drivers in this quarter which also impacted other trade lanes as well. There was less supply pressure from swing tonnage during the quarter, but we experienced some increased competition…

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