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IMO/IPIECA Global Initiative to hold its flagship oil spill response conference for west, central and southern Africa in November

October 25, 2013 News No Comments
IMO SmallThe biennial Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) will be held from the 4 to 8 November, in Swakopmund, Namibia, and will be jointly organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), and the Ministry of Works and Transport of the Republic of Namibia.
Risks of oil spills are presenting new challenges to the region, as a result of increased oil and gas activities in the Central, Southern and Western parts of Africa, so the broad objective of the GI WACAF Regional Oil Spill Conference, is to ensure an effective response to these challenges by promoting public/private partnership for effective oil spill response.
Industry and Government stakeholders from 22 west, central and southern African countries (Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo) and several leading international oil spill preparedness and response experts are expected to attend the … Continue Reading

SATORP reaches major milestone

October 9, 2013 News No Comments

Saudi AramcoLast week, the Saudi Aramco TOTAL Refining and Petrochemicals Company (SATORP), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and France’s TOTAL, launched the first shipment of its fuel oil production from King Fahd Industrial Port (KFIP). Saudi Aramco lifted this fuel volume, while TOTAL will lift a volume of diesel soon.

SATORP’s chairman, Saudi Aramco’s vice president for Engineering Services, Samir Al-Tubayyeb, expressed his delight at the first shipment from the SATORP refinery, which will play a major role in supporting the Kingdom’s economythrough production of refined petroleum products and petrochemicals.

“This joint venture between Saudi Aramco and TOTAL will generate added value to the local economy through creating jobs and providing local contractors with opportunities for further downstream investments. The refinery is expected to create 1,200 direct jobs in the Kingdom, with each of them entailing five indirect employment opportunities.” Al-Tubayyeb said.  … Continue Reading

Wärtsilä releases another ECA compliant dual-fuel engine to the US market

October 9, 2013 News No Comments

wartsila_smallWärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has now released its Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engine for sale in the US market. The engine meets the strict emissions compliance criteria of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and is now available to American ship owners and operators. The Wärtsilä 20DF is a proven and successful engine, and its release to the US market is in response to the growing demand for natural gas fueled engines.

By extending the availability of dual-fuel engine technology, Wärtsilä now offers the American marine sector greater possibilities to select fuel that enables compliance with environmental legislation. In addition to the environmental benefits attained from burning gas, the choice of fuel can now be made on the basis of price and availability since Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel (DF) technology allows engines to use either natural gas or diesel oil.

In particular, this technology is attracting the attention of global fleet owners operating within the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), for which the regulations came into force in August 2012. The legislation is aimed at achieving stricter control on emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from vessels. ECA’s have also been established in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. … Continue Reading

Gazprom Marketing & Trading marks the delivery of “Lena River”; another newbuild LNG carrier this year

October 9, 2013 News No Comments

gazprom_smallHyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) delivered liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel Hull Number 2557 at a ceremony at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on Friday, 4 October. The vessel was named “Lena River”.

The Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) group will time charter “Lena River” from Greek LNG tanker operator Dynagas for several years. She will be the third vessel on charter between GM&T group and Dynagas after “Ob River”, which became famous last year for being the world’s first LNG carrier to pass through the Northern Sea Route, and “Yenisei River”, which was delivered in July.

GM&T’s steadily expanding fleet of LNG vessels will be used to support its growing global LNG trading portfolio.

The state-of-the-art “Lena River” features membrane tanks, has a cargo capacity of 155,000 cubic meters and is powered by a tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion system. Her 1A ice class and winterisation equipment allows sailing in ice conditions, including through the Northern Sea Route during open navigation.

Like the “Ob River” and “Yenisei River”, the vessel will be operated by an international crew, including graduates of the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, St. Petersburg, Russia. … Continue Reading

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