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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fuel Network News

Fuel Logistics Enable U.S. Haiti Relief Effort

The United States Government Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) provides fueling services to Department of Defense, federal civilian and government agencies. In the wake of the Haiti disaster, both the access to and convenience of obtaining necessary fuels for aviation and maritime support efforts became a matter of clear necessity. Beginning on Tuesday evening, January 12 – the night of the initial earthquake – support representatives from Multi Service, the exclusive contractor for the DESC AIR Card and SEA Card Programs, mobilized in support of Defense Logistics and DESC Haiti disaster relief actions to ensure that U.S. support aircrafts and vessels would have access to the fuel required for completing their missions.

LNG America, Buffalo Marine to Design LNG Bunker Fuel Network

Image: LNG America

LNG America announced it has entered an agreement with Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. (Buffalo Marine) to cooperate on the design of an LNG bunker fuel network for the U. S. Gulf Coast region. LNG America is developing a hub-and-spoke delivery system for LNG as fuel for the marine market and other high horsepower applications. Ultimately, LNG America will establish delivery infrastructure for the delivery of LNG as fuel in major U.S. ports. Bunkering company Buffalo Marine presently has more than 50 vessels dedicated to bunkering in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Colonial Pipeline Demand at 2-Month Nadir

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Maksym Yemelyanov)

Demand to ship gasoline on Colonial Pipeline has sunk to a two-month low as Gulf Coast supplies are increasingly being exported or sent to the Midwest rather than to the New York harbor, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Colonial Pipeline Co, the largest U.S. fuel network, has consistently allocated space for at least the past two months, meaning demand has exceeded capacity on the pipeline. But it would not ration space on its main gasoline line for the next five-day shipping cycle, known as "Cycle 2," the sources said, which suggests lower demand.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

Milaha Acquires its Largest Containership

Majd (Photo: Mike Page / Milaha)

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has acquired its largest container vessel to date, Majd, a 3,768 TEU vessel. Majd was built by STX Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in South Korea, and has a length overall of 246.87 meters and a deadweight of 44,985 metric tons. The new vessel will be one of the 17 container vessels that the group operates, and is part of the ongoing expansion of the group’s overall fleet. Milaha currently fully owns and operates a fleet of over 80 vessels…

NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

The NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on April 18 and 19, 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event that focuses on viable solutions for sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels. As most new power and propulsion technology is proving to be scalable this knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Conference organizer, John Haynes, said, “It is clear that emerging technologies including the use of electric drives linked to lithium-ion batteries…

Call for Carriage Ban on Non-Compliant Fuel

Photo: International Maritime Organization - IMO Official FB Page

A group of leading environmental and maritime shipping organizations have called for the prohibition of transporting non-compliant marine fuels once the global 0.5 percent sulfur cap takes effect in 2020. The United Nation's International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed that from 1st January 2020 the maximum permitted sulphur content of marine fuel (outside Emission Control Areas) will reduce from 3.5% to 0.5%. Unless a ship is using an approved equivalent compliance method, there should be no reason for it to be carrying non-compliant fuels for combustion on board.

MAN's Part-Load Optimization a Fuel Saver

close-up on engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Part-Load Optimization is a tuning method designed to optimize fuel-oil consumption during the part-load operation of four-stroke, small-bore MAN auxiliary engines. “Part-Load Optimization works on the principle that fuel consumption is reduced at low and part load at the expense of a higher fuel consumption in the high-load range, without exceeding the IMO NOx limit,” explained Finn Fjeldhøj – Head of Small-Bore, Four-Stroke Engineering – MAN Diesel & Turbo. “We can deliver new engines pre-optimized or retrofit as necessary.

Bunker Supplier Aegean Expands to Hong Kong

Greek-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inchas to offer oil fuel bunker supply service in Hong Kong. New York-listed interntaional bunker supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inchas announce plans to expand its global network for the physical supply of marine fuel by establishing operations in Hong Kong. Aegean says that it expects to initially deploy one double-hull bunkering tanker to its new service centre in Hong Kong, from Singapore, by 30 September, noting that Hong Kong generates about 5-million tonnes in annual marine fuel sales. The company’s president, Nikolas Tavlarios, said, "We are pleased to once again expand our global network for the physical supply of marine fuel by strengthening our strategic presence in the Far East.

China: Sunken Tanker Sanchi May be Leaking HFO

Photo: China’s Ministry of Transportation

A sunken Iranian oil tanker may be leaking heavy bunker fuel as well as light oil off the east coast of China and the best remedy was to recover the vessel, officials said on Friday. It was unclear how much bunker fuel was left aboard the tanker when it sank on Sunday after being ablaze for days but experts estimated it may have been carrying about 1,000 tonnes at the time of collision. "There have been multiple appearances of oil slicks of different sizes and types at the sinking spot and nearby...

Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing. The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the challenges associated with the management of fuel quantity and quality. In addition to providing a range of marine testing services, Lloyd's Register GMT will provide access to a network of ship performance consultants striving to help users save fuel, reduce emissions and lower operational costs.

OW Bunker, Petrocosta Collaborate in Latin America

OW Bunker has entered into a partnership with Petrocosta CI SA, a Colombian fuel marketing and transportation company. The agreement will further develop OW Bunker’s physical distribution network of marine fuel in Colombia and support its growth across Latin America. Petrocosta’s responsibilities will include the sourcing, blending, storage and transportation of marine fuel products. OW Bunker will handle the sale and marketing of products through its existing network, as well as provide risk management and other related services. A full range of high quality marine fuels, including low sulfur fuel oil, marine gas oil, and various lubricants will be initially available in Cartagena through the partnership…

Moves at ExxonMobil Marine Fuels International Team

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has appointed Ahmed Zaki and Boris Nigbur to its international team based in Leatherhead, near London in the U.K. Ahmed joins from ExxonMobil's local affiliate in Egypt, where he worked in Marine Fuels Business Development. Boris has come from the company's subsidiary in Germany, where he was involved in Marine Sales. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Onillon and Neal Bolton have left EMMF to pursue interests elsewhere. ExxonMobil Marine Fuels has a network of over 300 ports in over 70 countries, through which more than 15 million tons of marine fuel are supplied annually.

ALGAE-X® Now Available in Italy

ALGAE-X® International announces its distribution agreement with Peroni Service Company. Based in Rome, Italy, Peroni Service Company will introduce ALGAE-X® Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst to its large network of distributors and dealers servicing the marine, power generation, trucking and automotive industries throughout Italy and the northern Mediterranean and Adriatic regions. ALGAE-X® Fuel Conditioners will be installed in the fuel systems for new engine packages and retrofitted into existing engine installations for Marine, Power Generation, Trucking and Transportation, Construction, Mining, Agriculture and other applications.

US East Coast Bunker Business Taken Over by Aegian Marine

Bunker barge: Image courtesy of Aegean Marine

Greek-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. East Coast bunkering business of Hess Corporation. Hess Corporation is currently the leading marketer of marine fuels along the U.S. East Coast. The Hess bunkering operation and associated assets supply the heavily trafficked ports of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston, and include approximately 250,000 cubic meters of leased tank storage. Over the last three years, these bunkering operations averaged 1.8 million metric tons in annual sales.

Aegean Marine to Open New Service Center in West Africa

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, today announced that it plans to launch a new service center located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa during the fourth quarter of 2007, expanding the Company's global network of marine fuel service centers. The company also announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 1985-built 83,890 dwt double-hull Aframax tanker from an unaffiliated third party that it intends to use as floating storage in the Company's new service center in West Africa. The vessel is expected to be delivered on or about the first week of October 2007, when it will be renamed the Leader.

Aegean Exits Singapore Bunker Market

© David Gn / Adobe Stock

Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd on Friday said it had this week left the world's largest marine fuels market in Singapore after handing back its supply and craft operator licences. The company had announced in October that it would halt physical supply operations in Singapore by January amid heightened commercial pressures after the city-state adopted tougher bunkering procedures. Aegean Bunkering, headquartered in Greece, was last year ranked the 20th largest marine fuels supplier by volume in Singapore from a total of 55, data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) showed.

ALGAE-X®Technology Now Available in South Africa

South Africa. Clear Fuel Technologies President Ron Mattig, is introducing ALGAE-X® Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst to his network of distributors in the Trucking, Power Generation, Mining, Agriculture and Commercial Marine industries. ALGAE-X® Technology is reported to improve and maintain the quality of diesel fuel, hydraulic oil and other distillate fuels, preventing tank sludge and clogged filters. Improved combustibility of the fuel, which provides more efficient engine operation, extended injector life, reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, and elimination of carbon deposits. More reliable filtration systems with longer fuel filter change intervals and eliminates tank cleaning.

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed. Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), this set of harmonised standards  will ensure that key areas of the LNG bunkering process are aligned across ports carrying out LNG bunkering operations.

EMMF Enhances Services

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) is expanding and further enhancing its services in the Mediterranean region. An additional chartered barge at Suez, ex-pipe capability at Fos and improved product availability at Augusta are the impetus behind this drive. Charles Amyot, EMMF's recently appointed Regional Manager for Southern Europe, says: "Vessels bunkering in the Mediterranean benefit from EMMF's facilities, which operate in a unique ports network. The strength of this network is built on the ExxonMobil pillars of service - safety, reliability and product quality."

Aegean to Acquire $11mln Fuel & Storage Contracts

Access to Busiest U.S. Container Port Significantly Enhances Aegean's Global Marine Fuel Capabilities. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) has announced that it has agreed to acquire 28,567 metric tons of marine fuel and assume a storage contract with Vopak Terminal Los Angeles for a total purchase price of approximately $11 million at an auction of OW Bunker's assets. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach combined form the largest container port in the United States with annual volumes of 14.6 million TEU's in 2013 and serve as the key trade hubs between North America and Asia. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network…

IBIA Forum to Examine Bunkering with New Fuels

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will be holding a forum entitled: ‘Bunkering with new fuels – Building on strong foundations’ as part of London International Shipping Week, on Wednesday 9 September. The event will include presentations from Mark Bell from SGMF (Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel), Michael Green, Global Technical Manager for Intertek Lintec, Armelle Breneol EAME Marine Fuels Logistics Advisor for ExxonMobil, Vyacheslav Mischeko from Argus Media and Nigel Draffin maritime consultant and author. The speakers will address the latest topical issues, in particular the availability of ECA compliant fuels…

Algae-X Technology Now Available in Greece

Algae-X International announces its distribution agreement with Sun Sea Service. Based in Athens, Sun Sea Service is a sales and service center for several engine manufacturers including Volvo Penta, Yanmar and Perkins. Sun Sea Service also maintains over 950 recreational vessels, both private yachts and charter fleets. Sun Sea Service will introduce Algae-X Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst to its network of commercial marine customers and boat builders. Algae-X Fuel Conditioners will be installed in the fuel systems for new engine packages and retrofitted into existing engine installations for marine, power generation, trucking and transportation, construction, mining, Agriculture and other applications.

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