Product Carrier News

24 Jul 2018

Scorpio Orders Ecochlor BWTS for 55 Tankers

(Photo: Ecochlor)

Shipowner Scorpio Tankers has signed a deal to retrofit roughly half of its product carrier fleet with ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).The deal will see U.S. based BWTS manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. supply 55 systems for Scorpio's product carriers ranging between 38,000 to more than 100,000 DWT. Installations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 and continue to the end of 2022.Additionally, Scorpio Tankers will become a minority investor in Ecochlor.Emanuele Lauro…

10 May 2018

Interview: Robert Kunkel, Alternative Marine Technologies

Bob Kunkel needs no introduction to Marine News readers. Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation from 2003 until 2008. A past Vice President of the Connecticut Maritime Association, he is a contributing writer for Maritime Logistics Professional magazine and of course, Marine News. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy…

08 Aug 2017

G E Shipping to Buy Secondhand LR2 Tanker

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) said it has signed a contract to buy a secondhand Long Range 2 (LR2) product carrier of about 105,000 dwt. The 2009 built vessel is expected to join the company’s fleet in Q2/Q3 FY18.   The company’s current fleet stands at 46 vessels, comprising 30 tankers (12 crude carriers, 16 product tankers, 2 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 9.76 years aggregating 3.80 mn dwt.

04 Aug 2017

GE Shipping to Buy L2R Product Carrier

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd

The Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a second-hand L2R product carrier of about 105,000 dwt, the company said in a press statement. The company said that the 2009 built vessel is expected to join the company’s fleet in Q2/Q3 FY18. The Company’s current fleet stands at 46 vessels, comprising 30 tankers (12 crude carriers, 16 product tankers, 2 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 9.76 years aggregating 3.80 mn dwt.

12 Jun 2017

Alfa Laval: New Test Facilities, New Technologies

Gas operations commence at the newly expanded Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark. (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technology specialist, Alfa Laval, has expanded its Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark with a new gas testing facility. At the same time it continues developing new technologies in the areas of ballast water treatment, sulfur oxide emission control, touchscreen boiler control, fuel efficiency automation for inert-gas systems and methanol booster systems. Alfa Laval, a global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on the key technologies of heat transfer…

28 Mar 2017

Inert Gas Systems Produces Significant Fuel Savings

Image: Alfa Laval

The Alfa Laval Automatic Fuel Efficiency Module (AFEM) is a new modification for reducing the fuel consumption of Alfa Laval Smit Combustion inert gas systems. It does so by ensuring the inert gas that keeps cargo safe during offloading is only generated in the exact amounts required. In a two-year pilot project, the AFEM allowed Italian shipping company Navigazione Montanari S.p.A. to achieve an average fuel savings of 30 percent. Based in Fano on the Adriatic Sea, Navigazione Montanari owns and manages a fleet of 21 tankers.

19 Sep 2016

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers. On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Juan Vargas spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Melissa DeVeau, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship.

10 Jul 2016

Fuel Variants For LR1 Product Tankers

Map: DNV GL

In a comprehensive study, DNV GL in cooperation with MAN DT examined a set of scenarios for various versions of an LR1 product carrier to determine the most economically feasible fuel type to plan for. Considering the current volatile market situation, the conclusions are quite different depending on the development of fuel prices. The goal of this study was to analyse costs and benefits of various fuel options for a newbuild. The alternative fuels selected included LNG, LPG and methanol and others.

09 Jun 2016

ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

Image: ABS

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions. The result of this initiative is a clear interpretation of the regulation that allows companies to understand how they will be affected and what steps have to be taken to achieve and demonstrate compliance.

25 Apr 2016

APT’s 2nd ECO Class Product Carrier Christened

Magnolia State (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, April 23, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the second Jones Act ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Scott Peters spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Trang Cormack, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship. The ECO Class tanker, the Magnolia State, is the second of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT…

08 Feb 2016

Novoship to Install Ecochlor BWTS on 4 Tankers

Photo: Ecochlor

SCF Novoship Technical Management has selected the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) to be retrofitted on three Aframax Oil Tankers and one Product Carrier. All of these retrofits are to be carried out in 2016. “SCF Novoship Technical Management required a BWTS that is highly effectively in extreme climate conditions, has low power consumption and is nearing completion of the U.S. Ecochlor's BWTS employs a two step process to treat ballast water. First, a filtration system removes sediments and larger organisms…

21 Jan 2016

Deck Cooling While Transiting Panama Canal

Photo by Panama Canal Authority

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)  will require transiting crude oil tankers, product carrier, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoint of less than 18 deg. C, to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent automatic activation of their pressure relief valves during transit. The cooling of the main deck shall be performed between 1000 and 1600 hours while the vessel is underway at Gatun Lake or Gaillard Cut, or at anchor in Canal waters.

01 Sep 2015

TEN Charters Tanker at 20% Premium

Greece-based crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) announced today a charter renewal of a handysize product carrier to a major state oil company for a period of 24 months commencing in September 2015 at a 20 percent premium to the previous rate. The latest charter, expected to generate approximately $13 million in total gross revenues, along with five charters announced last month for a suezmax crude tanker and four MR product carriers, increases the total minimum charter revenues of the fleet under secured employment to more than $750 million, the company said. “This new charter extension with its associated rate increase together with the recent announcement of the five charters is a confirmation that the tanker markets’ prospects remain strong.

04 Jul 2015

FORAN for Pertamina's Future Ships

Image Generic screenshot of FORAN FVIEWER

FORAN has been chosen by state-owned company PERTAMINA to review the design of their future oil product carrier ships, under construction in a shipyard with the FORAN System. PERTAMINA, a company based in Jakarta, Indonesia, signed a contract with SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (SENER) for the use of the FORAN FVIEWER application in the coming years. FVIEWER is part of the FORAN System, developed by SENER, and conducts an immersive navigation throughout the 3D model of the ship, allowing to query the model for properties and attributes, checking visual interferences and making annotations.

02 Dec 2014

Marine Noise Emissions: Is it Your Next Regulatory and Environmental Hurdle?

Marflex Variable Frequency Drive Cargo pump.

A different kind of emission in the compliance spotlight – above and below decks. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment during its 2012, 56th session submitted a draft revised code on noise levels onboard ships. The code set out mandatory noise level limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, cargo blocks and accommodation spaces in an effort to address health and safety issues on board ships, ATB’s and/or tugboats.

25 Sep 2014

G E Shipping Acquires a Supramax Bulk Carrier & Sells "Jag Prachi"

Jag Prachi

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a 2006-built Supramax Bulk Carrier of about 52,454 dwt. The company had contracted to buy the ship earlier this month. Earlier yesterday the company reported having delivered its 1991 built General Purpose Product Carrier “Jag Prachi” (28,610 dwt) to the buyers on 23rd September, 2014. The company had contracted to sell the ship in August 2014. With the sale of "Jag Prachi" and the inclusion of the Supramax Bulk Carrier…

09 Sep 2014

Realizing the Promise of Brazil Shipbuilding

Keppel Shipyard in Rion.

If and when Brazil gets its maritime act together, oh what a shipbuilding market force it could be. The modern Brazilian shipbuilding industry was established in the 1960s, induced by a broad and effective governmental policy. The 1960s and 1970s saw the rise of the merchant marine and shipbuilding industry in Brazil. The creation of the “Merchant Marine Fund” and the “Tax for the Merchant Marine Renewal,” in 1958, together with other specific targets set by the government at that time…

25 Aug 2014

Coast Guard, Stakeholders to Meet Disabled Tanker in San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, have formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker Pine Galaxy to ensure the safety of the ship's crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the port of San Francisco for repairs. The 485-foot Bahamian registered ship experienced an engine room fire on Aug. 13 that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion. The ship, a mixed-product carrier, is currently being towed toward San Francisco with a varying arrival time based on weather conditions and the speed of the tow. Cargoes include neutral oil, tetramer, propylene tetramer and vegetable oil.

24 Aug 2014

San Francisco Port Prepares for Disabled Tankship Arrival

Tanker 'Pine Galaxy': Photo in public domain

The U.S. Coast Guard informs that along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, it has formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker 'Pine Galaxy' to ensure the safety of the ship’s crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the Port of San Francisco for repairs. The 485-foot Bahamian registered ship experienced an engine room fire on Aug. 13 that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion.

23 Jul 2014

General Dynamics Reports 2Q 2014 Earnings

Phebe N Novakovic , Chairman and CEO

General Dynamics today reported 2014 second-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $646 million, or $1.88 per share on a diluted basis, compared to second-quarter earnings from continuing operations in 2013 of $640 million, or $1.81 per diluted share. Second-quarter 2014 revenues were $7.5 billion. There is a charge in the quarter of $105 million in discontinued operations for the sale of a business within Combat Systems, which results in net earnings for the second quarter of $541 million, or $1.58 fully diluted earnings per share.

02 Jul 2014

INSIGHTS Focus: Robert Kunkel Talks Power and Propulsion

Those MarineNews readers who are not familiar with Bob Kunkel probably should be. That’s because Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation from 2003 until 2008. He is a past Vice President of the Connecticut Maritime Association, a contributing writer for many maritime and technical trades publications, including Maritime Professional Magazine and MarineNews.

25 Jun 2014

Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

Contract: File photo

Tsuneishi have taken an order at their Cebu facility in the Philippines for a total of three 81,600 DWT Kamsarmax for Japanese buyers. Nissen Kaiun declared two further options taking their total series on order to five vessels, with an additional order for a single unit by Hisafuku Kisen – all due for delivery in 2016. In the smaller sizes, China Navigation announced an order for four firm 38,000 DWT Handysize at Imabari, with delivery planned for 2017. Clarkson Hellas note that a yet unknown Greek buyer has contracted one firm plus up to four option 15…

16 Jun 2014

NASSCO to Build Additional Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD), has entered into a contract with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), for the design and construction of an additional 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carrier with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. Construction is scheduled to begin the fourth quarter of 2015, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. This new tanker, supported by a long-term charter, will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, meeting the Jones Act requirement that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards.

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