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Monday, January 22, 2018

Diesel Fuel News

EPA Approves Marine Diesel Additive

EPA approves ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6™, the only biocide that prevents bacteria and provides six other benefits.

ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 prevents bacteria and solves all other diesel fuel related problems - eliminates need for multiple products. Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum, announced today that ValvTect has received formal approval for the registration and sale of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 multifunctional biocide diesel additive from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in all 50 states. “Prior to the EPA’s approval of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6, all biocides…

Lubrizol and Caterpillar Codeveloping Low-Emission Diesel Fuel

The Lubrizol Corporation and Caterpillar Inc. are developing a low-emission diesel fuel designed for use in commercial service diesel engines. This unique fuel technology utilizes Lubrizol's performance chemistry and system capabilities and Caterpillar's diesel engine combustion and emissions knowledge. The new fuel will be sold by fuel marketers and distributors and supported by fully integrated chemical, electronic and mechanical components sold by Lubrizol under the name PuriNOx Performance Systems. PuriNOx fuel is a stable blend of additives, water and commercial diesel fuel. Tests indicate, when compared to commercial diesel fuel, PuriNOx fuel significantly reduces two of the most critical emissions from compression ignition diesel engines - nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates.

EPA Revises Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a UIC permit, except in cases where diesel fuel is used as a fracturing fluid. EPA is issuing the guidance alongside an interpretive memorandum, which clarifies that class II UIC requirements apply to hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels, and defines the statutory term diesel fuel by reference to five chemical abstract services registry numbers.

Alaska Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel Transition

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated its final rule implementing requirements for sulfur, cetane, and aromatics for highway, nonroad, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel produced in, imported into, and distributed or used in the rural areas of Alaska. Beginning June 1, 2010, diesel fuel used in these applications must meet the 15 ppm (maximum) sulfur content standard. Source: HK Law

Angarsk Petrochemical Output Doubles

Angarsk Petrochemical Company

In November 2014 Angarsk Petrochemical Company produced about 100 thousand tons of winter diesel fuel of environmental class V of the Technical regulations (Euro-5). This is almost twice the amount produced in previous November, when 50.6 thousand tons of diesel fuel were produced and 40% more than initial target. The increase of November volumes of diesel fuel production was reached due to optimization of technologic process, storage and oil product loading schemes. The production…

Marine Diesel Purification Breakthrough by SurePure

File photo

Liquid photopurification specialist company SurePure Inc. apprises of a breakthrough in the microbiological purification of contaminated marine diesel fuel, using SurePure's technology as an alternative to biocide addition or excessive micro-filtration. SurePure explains that the contamination of diesel fuel is a significant problem for the maritime shipping industry, leading to extensive waste of fuel and environmental contamination. The industry is seeking to improve conventional means by which it cleans fuel where micro-organisms have proliferated.

EPA Modifies Diesel Fuel Sulfur Transition Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modifying its diesel fuel sulfur transition rule to provide production and distribution industries with additional time to complete the transition from low-sulfur diesel (no more than 500 ppm sulfur) to ultra-low-sulfur diesel (no more than 15 ppm sulfur). Terminals and retailers will now have until October 15, 2006 to complete the transition. This rule applies to terminals and retailers that supply diesel fuel for highway use and for non-road use, such as for use as marine diesel fuel. 70 Fed. Reg. 70498 source: HK Law

Fuel Dynamics to Expand Operations in Latin America

Fuel Dynamics LLC plans to expand its operations significantly in Latin America. The company holds exclusive distribution rights in North and South America to Fuel Mag, NSA, a highly effective diesel fuel decontamination unit. The company expanded its presence recently with the help of J.P. Electronics, a Miami firm with strong links to the region. Diesel fuel contamination, a major problem for boat owners in the U.S., is even more widespread in Latin American countries, and affects every sort of diesel power system, including emergency backup generators and primary power systems.

Fuel Filtration System Adds Mobile Access

Beginning shortly, large refiners and importers of marine diesel fuel subject to U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations must meet their ULSD (ultra low sulfur diesel) fuel standard of 15 ppm sulfur. ULSD standards compliance means decreased emissions for the environment but increased onboard fuel filtration or "polishing" requirements for marine diesel engines. To help handle these requirements KTI Systems now offers boaters a comprehensive range of FilterBOSS marine diesel fuel polishing solutions through their recently re-designed, mobile-friendly and Web 3.0-ready website KtiSystems.com. "Our FilterBOSS Commander Series is a complete marine fuel maintenance solution…

Coast Guard Opens ICW After Fuel Dissipates

The Coast Guard opened the Intracoastal Waterway after the fuel that spilled earlier dissipated. Pollution Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur assessed the waterway and declared that there was no recoverable diesel fuel. Approximately six miles of the ICW was closed west of Lake Charles, La., this morning after a tug accidentally spilled diesel fuel while transferring it from its fuel tanks to its day tanks. The fuel that was leaked was a marine grade diesel fuel, which dissipated quickly. Twelve tugs and barges were delayed by the closure, but are now underway again.

Navy Rescue Fishing Vessel Crew, Prevent Guam Wreck Pollution

Wreck of Daiki Maru 7: Photo courtesy of USN

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps, Guam. Subsequently Navy personnel removed environmentally hazardous materials from the wreck. "Through the efforts of HSC-25 and the U.S. Coast Guard, we were able to successfully meet our first priority, which was to rescue the crew members," said Capt. Mike Ward, commanding officer of Naval Base Guam. The U.S.

Cummins Announces High HP Dual Fuel Product

QSK50 Tier 2

Oil And Gas Dual Fuel Products In Production Midyear 2013. Cummins Inc. announced today its plans to produce dual fuel engines from 800 hp to 3500 hp (597-2610 kW) for high-horsepower markets. The first in the product portfolio, QSK50 Tier 2 for oil and gas well servicing applications, will begin production in midyear 2013, with other QSK Series engines to follow, including engines capable of meeting upcoming EPA Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. Cummins high-horsepower dual fuel engines will operate with common integrated controls…

EPA Issues Notice on Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that, effective June 1, refiners will begin producing low-sulfur diesel fuel for use in ships. Initially, the sulfur content may not exceed 500 parts per million (ppm). The eventual goal is a maximum sulfur content of 15 ppm. Source: HK Law

ValvTect Completes Fuel Tank Testing at 600+ Marinas

Fuel storage tanks at Certified ValvTect Marinas are tested for water, bacteria and other contamination up to twice a year.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse. To combat this problem, all Certified ValvTect Marinas must have their fuel tanks tested…

New Diesel Fuel Quality Sensor from CMR

NIRIS (Photo: CMR Group)

According to engine control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, significant fuel savings can be achieved by diesel engine owners and marine vessel operators using the world’s first commercial high horsepower diesel fuel quality sensor. The new Near Infrared Intelligent Sensor (NIRISTM) has been developed to detect fuel parameters through advanced hydro carbon profiling which measures the molecular structure of fuel. This allows real time optimization of injection, combustion and post-treatment for all types of fuel, including bio-fuels.

Coast Guard Responds to Spill

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are continuing to respond to an estimated 380 gallon diesel fuel spill into Commencement Bay by the 160-ft. fishing vessel Bowfin. The Bowfin was performing an internal transfer of diesel fuel on Pier 25 in the Port of Tacoma when a security guard noticed and reported the vessel spilling the fuel overboard and into the water. In addition to the Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology, the Washington State Marine Cooperative has responded. The National Response Corporation Environmental Services (NRCES) was hired by Trident Seafood, the owner of the Bowfin, and is cleaning up the fuel. Approximately 400 gallons of oily water mix has been recovered by NRCES using skimmers.

Miami Tugboat Oil Spill: Coast Guard Respond

Oil spill containment: File image

The US Coast Guard says that its crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tugboat 'Neptune'. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel have entered the water. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami is conducting an overflight to monitor the progression of diesel fuel in the water. Coast Guard shoreline cleanup assessment…

Vessel Sinks at Anacortes Marina, Releases Oil

A fishing vessel at the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes sank Tuesday morning and released more than 200-gallons of diesel fuel into the water. Divers from Global Diving and Salvage were contracted to clean up the spill. They have removed approximately 300-gallons of diesel fuel from the Miss Maddy’s starboard fuel tank. Approximately 210-gallons of fuel have been recovered from the water. An oil boom has been positioned around the vessel to contain the oil. Approximately 510-gallons of fuel has been removed from the scene. The vessel is stable and continues to discharge oil. The Miss Maddy is a 58-ft. wooden hulled vessel belonging to Harold Joseph of Marysville, Wash.

St. Francisville/New Roads Ferry Shut Down

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the St. Francisville/New Roads ferry crossing is closed because of a fuel tank leak that spilled diesel fuel into the river Saturday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. The damaged ferry was shut down while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Spill Response Center were notified. The spill was mitigated by the Marine Spill Response Organization and all diesel fuel was pumped out of the compromised fuel tank as of 2:30 p.m. April 26. DOTD will work with U.S. Coast Guard officials to address the fuel tank repair. The ferry crossing is expected to be out of service for at least the remainder of the week. The regular operating hours for the ferry are 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Fuel Removed from Grounded Fishing Vessel

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Matt Knight

The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, removed approximately 540 gallons of the remaining diesel fuel from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 18. On Feb. 16, about 50 gallons of fuel was removed and an additional 540 gallons was removed Feb. 18. The diesel fuel was pumped into containers on shore and then staged in an environmentally safe containment zone for disposal. Additionally, four marine batteries and several fishing nets were safely removed.

Update on Stranded Ship off Puerto Rico

MV Jireh: Photo credit US Fish & Wildlife Service

Diesel fuel removal operations continue onboard the cargo freighter Jireh that grounded on the Southwest coast of Mona, Island in Puerto Rico, on June 21. During staging operations, response crews located the original builder’s plans, in German and dating back to 1963, with diagrams of the interior layout of the cargo ship to help identify the ship’s actual dimensions and additional fuel tanks that had previously been unaccounted for. It was also discovered that the length of the vessel, reportedly 185-feet in length, is in fact 202-feet in length.

Ferry American Pride Runs

The Coast Guard continues to coordinate the response to Saturday's grounding of the passenger ferry American Pride on Triangle Reef, just off the Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Harbour, U.S. Virgin Islands. Fifteen passengers and three crewmembers aboard the American Pride were rescued from the vessel by Sea Tow Saint Thomas, and were reported to have suffered no injuries. The vessel had just departed the Saint Thomas Harbour and was headed to Tortola, British Virgin Islands when it ran aground. The Coast Guard was first notified about the grounding by a 911 operator. It was reported to the Coast Guard yesterday that the portside fuel tank of the American Pride had ruptured and approximately 350 gallons of diesel fuel were released into the water.

Update: Spill Response Continues in Miami

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami Wednesday, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tug Neptune Tuesday night. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel have entered the water. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Miami is conducting an overflight to monitor the progression of diesel fuel in the water. Coast Guard shoreline cleanup assessment teams have been deployed to local areas that may be impacted to monitor possible shoreline pollution and commence cleanup efforts if necessary. As of 9:30 a.m. 950 feet of sorbent boom have been deployed by cleanup crews to contain pollution and minimize local impact.

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