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Inox partners with Shell Energy India to develop LNG distribution

INOX India Pvt Ltd (INOX) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shell Energy India Pvt Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for partnering and developing the market for LNG supply by road from Shell's LNG terminal in Hazira (District Surat), Gujarat.

The MoU envisages deployment of distribution infrastructure including logistics and receiving facilities at customer end and will offer LNG access to the customers not connected to the pipelines. This will help in increasing the penetration and consumption of clean, reliable and cost-efficient LNG to commercial and industrial (C&I) users all over the country. The MoU also covers cooperation in developing a larger market for LNG as a transport fuel for long-haul heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Shell Energy India (SEI) owns and operates a 5 million tpy LNG receiving, storage and regasification terminal at Hazira in Gujarat. SEI is building a truck loading facility at its Hazira Ter…

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VPS: Marine Fuel Quality Update

by Steve Bee, Group Commercial & Business Development Director, Veritas Petroleum Services

The shipping industry is now ten weeks into IMO2020 and the experiences of many vessels has certainly been as varied as the fuel types available to them. Therefore, this seems an appropriate time to look back at what VPS have witnessed in terms of fuel quality in the early days of the new legislation.

Bunker Alerts

VPS issue Bunker Alerts to clients whenever a short‐term fuel quality issue arises in a specific port for a specific fuel parameter. So far VPS have issued 15 Bunker Alerts in 2020, compared with only 3 Bunker Alerts over the same period of time in 2019.

Four of the 2020 alerts have been related to Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs), five to distillate fuels and six to High Sulphur Fuel Oils (HSFOs).

Three of the VLSFO Bunker Alerts were related to sediment issues in Rotterdam, Piraeus and Singapore, whilst the fourth alert was fo…

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How America’s COVID-19 Response Began With Seafarer Health Care

By The Maritime Executive 03-17-2020 10:25:00

The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service may not be a household name, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is about to get much more attention. The Trump administration announced Sunday that PHS officers will deploy nationwide to help out with coronavirus testing efforts. 

The PHS Corps is a uniformed service, much like the NOAA Corps and the U.S. armed forces, and it has a maritime background. It began in 1798 with the Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen, a law that required all vessels on international and coasting trades to pay a tax to fund seafarers' medical needs - the first medical insurance program in the United States. In the Age of Sail, seafarers faced a serious risk of illness and injury, and the Act led to the creation of a hospital system to care for them.

Over the course of the 19th century, that system expanded to include marine ho…

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Damen Marine Components Wins Dredger Steering & Rudder Systems Order

By The Maritime Executive 03-17-2020 09:58:33

Damen Marine Components has won an order for three sets of steering and rudder systems for three dual-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) currently being built at Keppel Offshore & Marine’s shipyard in Singapore for Van Oord.

The vessels will be 138-metres in length and have a hopper capacity of 10,500 m³. They will represent the very latest in sustainable, energy-efficient dredging and are due for delivery in 2021. The third will be handed over the following year.

Each vessel will have two Van der Velden COMMANDER™ piston-type steering systems and two Van der Velden® MASTER Rudders with fish-tail design bulb. The COMMANDER™ piston-type guarantees reliability and high quality thanks to its in-house cylinder design and is available in a range of options with regard to rudder stock connections, rudder angles and cylinders. This makes the installation process efficient and…

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DDG 119 completes acceptance trials

The future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) successfully completed acceptance trials on March 12, returning to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Ingalls Shipbuilding Division after spending two days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

During acceptance trials, the ship’s crew performed a series of demonstrations for review by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

“The ship performed exceptionally well and demonstrated that the ship is materially ready to execute her mission,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The success of these trials validates this highly capable ship will be a force multiplier when she joins the fleet.”

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) maneuvers in the Gulf of Mexico during the ship’s recent acceptance trials. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

DDG 119 is being constructed with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which incorporates Integrate…

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Tow to transit Lake Pepin, opening up the head of navigation on the Mississippi

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District reports that Marquette Transportation Company’s M/V Miss Doris, originating from the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois and pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul, Minnesota, is expected to transit Lake Pepin, later today or early tomorrow.

Located between the Minnesota cities of Red Wing and Wabasha, Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River is the last major barrier for vessels reaching the head of the navigation channel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The lake is the last part of the river to break up, because the river is wider and subsequently the current is slower there than it is at other reaches of the river. If a tow can make it through Lake Pepin, it can make it all the way to St. Paul.

The St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot navigation channel and operates 12 locks and dams to support navigation from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa.

The Corps is reminding boaters to “share the road.” Commercial towbo…

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