Fuel Market Calm ahead of IMO Changeover
Fears about a shortage of diesel and other middle distillates stemming from new marine pollution regulations have receded, with distillate premiums falling to some of the lowest levels for two years.From the start of 2020, ocean-going ships will be required to use low-sulphur fuels or employ exhaust gas cleaning systems, known has scrubbers, under pollution control rules approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Fuel traders and shipowners have warned for several…
HHLA Support Energy Transition
German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and its partners began research and development work on the publicly funded FRESH project at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).FRESH stands for flexibility management and control reserve provision of heavy goods vehicles in the harbour, said the firm which operates three container terminals at the Port of Hamburg: Altenwerder, Burchardkai and Tollerort, as well as cargo handling and transport services by rail…
Tightening CA Environmental Regs Could Impact West Coast Supply Chains
In a similar fashion to Gulf coast offshore energy producers who, in some instances, must document and count the environmental impact of their third party standby boats, offshore service vessels and other assets, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles could soon be burdened with yet another layer of environmental rules. In Southern California, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are bracing for yet another set of regulations; this time as a function of cargo transported to and from warehouses and even off-site intermodal rail yards.
DNV GL Commissions OVRT Test Unit for Wind Turbines
DNV GL adds to its service offering offers in the field of electrical measurement for renewable energy producers with a mobile test laboratory for carrying out “Over Voltage Ride Through” (OVRT) tests. The first measurements have now been successfully started for a major German wind turbine manufacturer at the North German wind turbine test facility Janneby. Further projects have already been commissioned by some well-known turbine manufacturers. The test unit is designed for use in the medium voltage grid, implementing the topology suggested in the relevant standards.
Lithuania Mulls LNG Exports
Domestic glut prompts Lithuania government to consider selling-off surplus gas supplies, reports Reuters. Lithuanian LNG importer Litgas could be about to start re-exporting LNG bought. Lithuania opened an LNG import terminal in 2014 and started exporting natural gas to neighbouring Estonia earlier this year, breaking the supply monopoly of Gazprom. The Ministry of Energy forecasts that, in 2016, the required gas amount in the terminal will exceed the total LNG demand of regulated energy producers.
Bulgaria Orders Green Energy Producers to Cut Output by 60%
Bulgaria's power grid operator ordered all renewable energy producers on Sunday to reduce their output by 60 percent in an attempt to balance production and consumption in the Balkan country, the state-owned company said. The grid operator has already imposed output cuts on thermal power plants in the coal-fired Maritsa East complex and on Bulgaria's nuclear plant due to low domestic consumption and weak demand for power exports in the region. Reductions similar to the renewable energy cut have been imposed several times since late May.
O&G Sector Tarnishes Strong US Jobs Report
The U.S. oil and gas sector bled away more jobs last month as sustained low oil prices forced energy producers to reduce spending, suggesting that further pain may be ahead for the struggling industry. A roughly 50 percent drop in oil prices since June has pummeled the U.S. oil sector, prompting a quick drop in activity. The number of oil rigs active in the United States has fallen 40 percent since October. The mining sector of the workforce, which includes oil and gas workers…
Nobody Rides for Free …
Emissions-compliant fuel and strategies: the decision may ultimately be out of your hands. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission regulations requiring a reduction in sulfur within the Emission Control Areas may bring more to your operation than cleaner air. That said; don’t expect to breathe easier after January 1, 2015. That’s because you will have a multitude of decisions to make within your fleet to comply with the regulations and they go well beyond a choice of what fuel to burn.
Energy: Moving it & Using it
Energy. We start 2014 with great energy and optimism for a robust and prosperous year in this, the most international of all businesses. That enthusiasm, however, should be tempered with the knowledge of what is in store for maritime stakeholders in terms of regulatory, financial and operational pressures; all lurking just over the proverbial horizon. These are curious times. For example, consider that for the first time in decades, the North American part of the global shipping equation finds itself in arguably better position than its foreign flag cousins.
Hornbeck Offshore Services: Exerting Energy in All the Right Places
HOS Moves to the Head of the Class with a carefully laid out master plan. By the end of next year, Hornbeck Offshore Services will have delivered 18 of the largest and most capable offshore supply vessels in the world. Concurrent with all of that, as many as 40 new drillships will also be delivered by others, many of which are expected to mobilize to Hornbeck Offshore’s core markets. Matching supply with the anticipated demand is at the core of CEO Todd Hornbeck’s short term business plan. That’s it.
Remote Well Sites Spur KVH TracPhone Demand
KVH Industries, Inc. report that demand for broadband connectivity is increasing among service providers in the oil and gas industry. KVH's exclusive mini-VSAT Broadband service is delivered by an interlaced network of 14 Ku-band satellite transponders providing seamless worldwide coverage north of the equator and around all major continents, including most major shipping routes south of the equator. The manufacturers say that they are meeting the demand for reliable, mobile…
BC Port Vaunted as Future LNG Terminal
Kitsault Energy names Kitsault as an ideal location for a deep-water LNG terminal north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Located 800 km (500 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia and 140 km (85 miles) north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, Kitsault is a purpose-built resource community with complete community infrastructure and housing for more than 1000 residents. With nearly 350 acres of industrial and residential land, full BC Hydro service, and a deep water port…
MarineNews INSIGHTS: James Watson, Director BSEE
James A. Watson IV, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Named Rear Admiral James A. Watson IV as New Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in November of 2011. BSEE was one of the two agencies to succeed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) on Oct. 1, 2011. Admiral Watson began as BSEE Director on December 1, 2011, and will succeed Michael R. Bromwich. Previously, Watson was better known to maritime stakeholders as the U.S.
Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic
Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic, a New Broadband Service for the Energy Community in the Gulf of Mexico. New service offers voice and high-speed data in Vessel and Transportable versions. Bethesda, Maryland (October 20, 2011) – Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced StratosMAX II Nomadic, a new version of its popular StratosMAX II broadband service offered via the Stratos microwave network for the offshore energy community in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) region.