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OCIMF works to update the second edition of TMSA

OCIMF announced that work to update the second edition of the Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA)- a Best Practice Guide for Vessel Operators is well underway. The work group is comprised of OCIMF members from Chevron, BP, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Shell, YPF, Statoil, OMV, Tesoro and Petrobras, who meet twice a month (a significant member commitment in these times) with the goal of publishing the new third edition in early 2017.

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OTS supports MOL’s commitment to reducing refrigerant consumption

 Oceanic Technical Solutions has secured a long-term service contract with Mitsui O.S.K Lines MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd for the annual inspection, leak testing, condition monitoring and analysis of the refrigeration plants aboard all 15 LNG carriers in the Japanese shipowner’s European managed fleet.Oceanic Technical Solutions’ Managing Director, Robert Chesters, said: “The service agreement we have signed with MOL is to ensure that the refrigeration plant installed on these vessels is completely leak-tight, resulting in significant cost savings for the owner. With new refrigerant blends costing upwards of US$2000 per cylinder, we can pinpoint system failures and prevent costly refrigerant escaping to atmosphere. At the same time ensuring that vessels are running to the optimum efficiency and reducing their environmental footprint.“Fleet managers are under increasing commercial and environmental pressure to curtail the amount of refrigerant consumed and our experience tells us that containment is the only solution. A shipboard plant is no different to a domestic refrigerator. It is a contained system that if properly maintained should not require constant topping up. Refrigerant is not a consumable it is an asset that should be retained.”Service engineers have completed their assessment of the first vessel under the MOL LNG agreement, the ...

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WSS advices how to keep cool on new refrigerant regulations

According to Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WWS), shipowners are incurring unnecessary operating costs by not ensuring their onboard refrigeration units are leak-tight. These costs are set to increase by five to 10 times their current level as new regulations on environmental protection come into force in the European Union (EU).To an industry faced with the challenges of compliance with a raft of regulations from low sulphur fuel to the Maritime Labour Convention, the issue of refrigeration gas leaks might seem small, but owners of EU-flagged vessels will soon need to start paying attention, according to Svenn Jacobsen of Wilhelmsen Ships Service.“Testing for gas leaks is at the moment, a maintenance issue but the impact of leaks from land-based and ship sources has the attention of regulators. For shipping, this is about to become a compliance issue,” he says. “Before that happens, owners need to start paying attention because the future costs of compliance will far outstrip what owners are paying for these gases today.”Refrigeration gas is a commodity like motor fuel but is not a consumable and therefore should not need replacing. Jacobsen says owners who are paying to recharge the gas systems should recognise they have a fault and take action. ...

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Stepped up enforcement in the North American ECA

UK P&I Club issues Knowledge bulletin The UK P&I Club issued a Knowledge bulletin regarding the stepped up enforcement in the North American ECA.In a new enforcement initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), has boarded vessels to collect bunker samples to determine whether the vessels fuel sources meet the 1.0% fuel oil sulphur limit applicable within the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA).The EPA also disclosed that it has been experimenting with vessel flyovers to assess vessel smokestack plumes for the same purpose.The EPAs unprecedented action, coming on the heels of its issuance of administrative subpoenas to several large companies operating ships within the North American ECA, announced stepped up efforts to enforce low sulphur fuel requirements within the North American ECA. Until this recent initiative, EPA and USCG officials seemed content to simply monitor compliance efforts by reviewing ECA-related records and documents such as Bunker Delivery Receipts during Port State Control inspections. These joint EPA/USCG initiatives to enforce fuel standards should serve as a warning to Clubs Members operating within the North American ECA. The commercial and legal consequences of a failure to comply with the ECAs fuel ...

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