2014 in Review: Lubricants and the VGP




Maritime E.


BY Wendy Laursen 2014-12-18 16:01:10

Shipowners have been proactive in their adoption of environmentally friendly lubricants to satisfy the December 19, 2013 U.S. vessel general permit (VGP) requirements, perhaps more proactive than some of the oil companies.

Rob Atkinson, executive director of UniMarine, reflects on the new requirements one year on, and remembers in the months leading up to the new regulation that shipowners were asking and oil companies weren’t necessarily able to deliver. “There was a lot of last minute rushing for something that people knew was coming, and even after the VGP took effect, the level of demand was not well anticipated,” says Atkinson. “They all seemed to be scrambling.” 

It was difficult to get the products

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Exportaciones de petróleo de Irak suben en diciembre hacia niveles récord





martes 23 de diciembre de 2014 10:22 GYT




Por Alex Lawler

LONDRES (Reuters) - Las exportaciones de petróleo de Irak están aumentando hacia niveles récord en diciembre, según datos de carga y fuentes de la industria, en momentos en que el segundo productor de la OPEP está bombeando mayores volúmenes pese a que el crudo está cotizando cerca a mínimos de cinco años.

El incremento se sumará a los abundantes suministros y podría preocupar a otros miembros de la Organización de Países Exportadores de Petróleo incapaces de expandir sus exportaciones y afectados por la caída en los ingresos petroleros tras un descenso de casi un 50 por ciento en los precios desde junio.

Las exportaciones desde las terminales del sur de Irak

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World Bunker Prices




World Bunker Prices



LNG Fuel-Ready Vessel Guide Helps Prepare for Conversion to LNG Fuel




December 9, 2014


Companies involved in the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities now have a new resource to help them prepare new ships for future conversion to gas propulsion: the ABS Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels.

The guide formalizes the process of planning for conversion to LNG fuel at a future date by providing a detailed approval process and a notation that clarifies the extent to which a vessel is LNG fuel ready. It includes a

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Tallink Orders "New Generation" Energy Efficient LNG Ferry






Friday December 12, 2014

The ship will cost €230 million and hold 2800 passngers.

Estonian shipper AS Tallink Grupp has ordered a "New Generation" liquefied natural gas (LNG) car-passenger ferry for its Tallinn-Helsinki route, the company announced

Tallink said that it had signed an agreement with Meyer Turku Oy to construct the 2800-passenger capacity LNG vessel for roughly €230 million. ($284.6 million)

The ship, in addition to complying with upcoming sulfur regulations, was also designed for energy efficiency and increasing recycling utilisation. 

We have a good understanding of customer expectations and know what needs improvement

Janek Stalmeister, Board Member, Tallink

"As the market leader and a long time operator on the

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