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Amsterdam in ‘Premier League’ in Ethanol Market

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

 Port of Amsterdam was included in the S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings for ethanol in April 2016. In addition to giving Amsterdam’s ethanol market a tremendous boost, this has put the Port and Noord-Europees Wijnopslagbedrijf BV (NWB) on the map with several major players operating in this segment.

Oil Gains on Forties Pipeline Shutdown, New York Blast

Oil prices rose Monday, reversing earlier declines, after a North Sea pipeline shut for repairs and investors focused on commodities following an explosion in New York. Brent crude futures were up $1.20, or nearly 2 percent, at $64.60 by 12:22 p.m. EST (1722 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.

Deck Machinery: Five Stress Areas

(Photo: Klüber Lubrication)

Spotting deck equipment stresses where new lubricants bring relief   When you face various deck equipment challenges, making the right lubricant selection can help lower labor costs, extend the life of the equipment, improve safety and more.    The key is to identify deck equipment stresses, then apply the optimum lubricant solution.

COSCO Places Large Lubricants Order with Shell

COSCO SHIPPING Taurus, one of COSCO SHIPPING’s 20,000 teu capacity containerships (Photo: Shell Marine)

Shell Marine said it has been awarded China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company’s (COSCO SHIPPING) largest marine lubricants order in 2017. This order will include the full range of marine lubricants and technical services for seven out of COSCO SHIPPING’S 10 new generation Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCCs) with capacities of approximately 20,

GE, DSIC Unveil Plan for LNG Carrier Power Conversions

Figure 1: DSIC GE steam turbine retrofit 3D Model (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE’s Marine Solutions and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) completed a preliminary design for the conversion of a steam turbine powered LNG Carrier (LNGC) to a gas turbine-based propulsion system. The study aims at steam powered LNGCs that offer low fuel efficiency but are not ready to be retired from service.

CMA CGM’s Dual-fuel Mega Ships to be Built to BV Class

The classification contract for CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU dual-fuel containerships was signed during a ceremony at Marintec in Shanghai (Photo: BV)

All nine of CMA CGM’s new gas-fueled Ultra Large Containerships will be built to Bureau Veritas (BV) class rules and under BV newbuilding supervision. The two China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) shipyards that will be building the nine 22,000 TEU containerships, Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Co.

Wärtsilä Launches Fuel-saving VER System

VER. Photo: Wärtsilä

 The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing its Voyage Emissions Reduction (VER) system as a means for increasing oil tanker revenues, while also significantly aiding the environment through reduced emissions.    The system effectively eliminates the problem of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from tankers during laden voyages.

Oil Falls After U.S. Drilling Picks Up

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Oil prices still near highest since mid-2015 on OPEC deal.   Oil fell on Monday after U.S. shale drillers last week added more rigs but prices still held close to their highest since mid-2015, supported by an extension to output cuts agreed last week by OPEC and other producers.   Drillers in the

Exxon to Merge Refining and Marketing Divisions

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday it would merge its refining and marketing divisions in the first quarter of 2018 and named Bryan Milton president of the combined unit.   The world's largest publicly traded oil producer said the merged entity, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, will manage crude purchasing and logistics,

IMO Orders Fuels of the Future

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The new sulfur, carbon dioxide limits ewill demand precise understanding by ship owners and operators.    Globally, new regulations are coming into effect governing the Sulfur Oxide (SOx) limits and CO2 emissions. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has updated the maximum amount of SOx

New Grease Extends Life, Lowers Temp of Tugboat Shaft Bearings

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How does a tugboat operator with over 26 vessels used in docking, escort, ocean towing and articulated barge service get control of maintenance issues? In this case, by switching to Klüberplex BEM 41-132 grease to lower operating temperatures between 2 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit (3.6 and 18 Celsius),

ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision Unveiled

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ABB has unveiled a new situational awareness solution that aims to make vessel operations safer and more efficient. The solution can be used by officers anywhere onboard a ship and marks the next step towards remotely controlled and ultimately autonomous ships.   ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision takes

Finland's Manga LNG Terminal Gets First Cargo

Photo: Gasum Oy

 The first shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrival to the LNG import terminal in Tornio, Finland, on Sunday November 19, 2017.    The Manga LNG natural gas import terminal in Röyttä Harbor, Tornio, is a joint venture of the industrial companies Outokumpu and SSAB Europe, the energy company EPV Energy and the LNG company Skangas.

VPS Expands Lubricant Oil Condition Monitoring Services

Image: Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)

 The marine fuels testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) announced the latest expansion of the company’s lubricant oil condition monitoring (OCM) service.    In the company’s continuous drive to offer its customers a widening range of technically advanced, value-added services, VPS have

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