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Managing Oil Spills

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 International experts have been sharing experiences, new technologies and scientific advancements relating to oil spill response at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, United States (15-18 May).   The theme of the conference is “prevent, prepare, respond and restore”, which

MXB Begins Physical Operations in Mumbai

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Matrix Bharat Pte. Ltd. (MXB), a supplier of marine fuels in India, has begun physical operations in Mumbai. In conjunction with this, MXB has commenced operations on Jawahar Dweep, an island off the southeastern coast of Mumbai.   MXB is a joint venture between Matrix Marine Fuels and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

New Bunker Supplier Eyes Houston/Galveston Market

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GCC Bunkers said it seeks to establish itself as a leader in developing compliance solutions for the IMO global sulfur cap in 2020 and is operated by principals Mark VandeVoorde and John Mafrige. Longer term, GCC is actively evaluating several processing or manufacturing opportunities for post 2020 bunker fuels to be produced in Texas.

Maersk Fluid Technology Sees SEA-Mate Order Influx

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Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) has reported a recent influx of orders for its SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board (BOB) system as confirmation of industry demand for technological solutions that enable ship operators to blend fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant compositions on board their vessels that match actual

Oregon County Won't Block LNG Terminal

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A coastal Oregon county overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure aimed at blocking a proposed natural gas terminal dealing a blow to what was the latest in a series of efforts to thwart energy projects across the Pacific Northwest.   The measure, had it passed, would have banned transport of fossil

Small Vessels Boost LPG Freight Rate: Drewry

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Vessel oversupply will persist in the LPG shipping market for the next two years, keeping freight rates under pressure across most size segments. However, the small vessel segment is the only category where fleet growth will be minimal, leading to a recovery in rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster,

First Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker for India

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Bothra Shipping Services Pvt Ltd. has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstacker for its Kakinada Port container operation. Furthermore, Bothra is awaiting delivery of a new Liebherr training simulator.     Liebherr has delivered a new LRS 545 Reachstacker to Bothra Shipping Services Pvt Ltd.

Output Spike Brightens North Sea's Twilight Years

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New oil projects over the next two years in the North Sea will have combined capacity to produce 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), offsetting a slide in output from the oldest deepwater basin that produces the world's benchmark crude.   The projects stretch from the West Shetlands to the icy fringes of the Arctic Ocean, Reuters research shows.

ICS Seeks Stricter CO2 Reduction Objectives

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At its AGM in Istanbul, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) agreed to urge the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt some dramatic CO2 reduction objectives – on behalf of the international shipping sector as a whole – in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Canada Rolls Out Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

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 The transportation system is something Canadians rely on every day, from getting us to work, or bringing us the products we use in our homes.    The Government of Canada is working to ensure that goods are transported in a safe and responsible way while protecting our marine environment and clean water.

Caterpillar Marine Plans LNG Test Site

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With eyes on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector, Caterpillar Marine said it will unveil a first-of-its-kind LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany where the company will aim to improve understanding of related technology and enhance its services to clients adopting LNG solutions.

Safety in LNG Usage as Marine Fuel

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 The safe use of natural gas as marine fuel was in focus at the International Conference on Liquefied Natural Gas for Transport and Industry in Naples, Italy (10-11 May).    International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Loukas Kontogiannis gave an update on IMO regulations on the subject, specifically,

DNV GL Adds Asymmetric Stern To ECO Lines

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allows to assess the details of the flow. The colors denote the pressure distribution on the hull. Image: DNV GL

 A vessel with an asymmetric stern has a twisted aft shape that is designed to account for the differing flow conditions on each side of the propeller.    The idea emerged in the 1960s, but due to the difficulty of manually developing the optimal shape, this design failed to make a large impact at the time.

Polish Oil Pipeline Back Online after Short Interruption

Crude oil flows through the pipeline supplying PKN Orlen's Plock refinery, the biggest in Poland, have been restored after a leak caused by illegal tapping, pipeline operator PERN said on Tuesday. The illegal tapping took place on Monday morning in the village of Trutnowy, northern Poland, but flows were restored on Monday afternon,

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