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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Flammable Gas News

Ships' Enclosed Spaces Continue to Pose Dangers

Amendments to the SOLAS convention on enclosed space entry came into force on July 1,  2016, requiring all ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board. Under the new regulation the atmosphere testing equipment on board must be able to measure the concentration of oxygen, flammable gas/vapors, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide as a minimum before a crew member enters an enclosed space. Any space that has limited openings for entry and exit, inadequate ventilation…

Abe Samuels (Photo: Labelmaster)

Nonagenarian Samuels Retires After 40 Years in Hazmat Transport

Forty years ago, he developed today’s ubiquitous flip placard system for trucks that indicates the presence of dangerous goods (DG) and next week, at the age of 95, Labelmaster’s Abe Samuels will retire after a long and distinguished career. The distinguished and nearly never-ending dangerous goods shipping career of 95-year-old Abe Samuels will finally conclude when his employer of 40 years, Chicago-based Labelmaster, hosts a retirement celebration May 26. Samuels’ crowning achievement…

Synergi Pipeline software enables safe and efficient pipeline operations Photo DNV GL

Standardization for Cost Effective Pipeline Innovation - DNV GL

Growing global energy demand and requirements for additional pipeline capacity are driving the pipeline segment. However, pipeline related innovation is prioritized by only 4% of senior oil & gas professionals, according to research by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil & gas industry. Further, the research shows that nearly one in five oil & gas companies (18%) do not have a strategy in place to maintain innovation. Six in ten (61%) respondents agree that operators will increasingly push to standardize their delivery globally, up from 55% in 2015 and 52% in 2014.

Indonesia coal mining Photo Adani- Indonesia

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents. Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian ports have become increasingly frequent in recent years. The problem appears to be primarily related to the nature of the coals, and may be exacerbated by the way they are handled prior to and during loading. ·…


Highest OTC Award for Petrobras

For the third time, Petrobras is set to receive the highest award that an oil company can be given, bestowed by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) committee, based in Houston, USA. The OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions provides recognition for the set of technologies developed for oil and gas production in the pre-salt layer off the Brazilian coast, where the company achieved a new daily production record on December 21, 2014, extracting 713,000 barrels of oil. The awards ceremony will take place in May in Houston.

USMRC to Continue LNG Bunkering PIC Course

The U.S. Maritime Resource Center’s (USMRC) Maritime Simulation Institute announced that its inaugural Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering Person in Charge (PIC) course was a success. The course, which ran July 7-11, was developed on behalf of Harvey Gulf International Marine as it prepares to launch its first dual-fuel offshore supply vessel intended to run primarily on liquefied natural gas. To accommodate future demand, USMRC is adding similar courses every month for the remainder of 2014. The course is taught by subject matter experts with extensive hands-on LNG experience.

Cargo Fumigation: Image courtesy of UK P&I Club

Warning on Dangers of Cargo Fumigation at Sea

The UK P&I Club says it has received reports of a number of accidents and injuries to crew members resulting from the inadvertent release of highly toxic phosphine gas or the effects of fires and explosions, both caused by the unsafe disposal of residues of aluminium phosphide following the fumigation of cargoes in transit. International guidance and recommendations on fumigation on board ships is contained in MSC Circulars 12641 and 13962 and the IMSBC Code3. When phosphine generating formulations (of the type with which this bulletin is concerned) are used, any collected residues may ignite.

Photo: Martek Marine

Martek Urges Shipowners to Install Gas Detectors

Martek Marine said that shipping companies are putting themselves at risk of facing corporate manslaughter charges if they do not carry an adequate number of maintained and certified gas detectors. European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) approval is a legal requirement for equipment aboard EU flagged vessels and a number of non-EU flag authorities who have also signed up to the protocol where oxygen or other flammable gas is potentially present. Martek Marine Sales Director Steve Coulson said, “The Marine Equipment Directive relates to all European flag vessels.