Shell signs agreement to acquire ECL business of PANOLIN

Shell signs agreement to acquire ECL business of PANOLIN

Wholly-owned subsidiaries of Shell have entered into agreements to acquire the Environmentally Considerate Lubricants (ECLs) business of the PANOLIN Group. The transaction includes the PANOLIN brand, ECL product formulations, intellectual property, technical expertise and technology, international customer base and portfolio of products – for hydraulics, gears, universal tractor transmission oils, biodegradable engine oils (HDEO), turbine oils, chainsaw oils and greases…
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Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, President Joe Biden, joined at the White House by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law. In August 2021, Garamendi introduced the act with Johnson to provide the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) with the regulatory power to support…
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Human error, insufficient training cited in Golden Ray capsizing

Human error, insufficient training cited in Golden Ray capsizing

The vehicle carrier Golden Ray capsized in St. Simons Sound due to a crucial vessel stability miscalculation and inadequate training and safety procedures, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded. Investigators said the chief officer entered incorrect ballast levels into a shipboard computer, indicating the vessel had more water than it actually did. As a result, Golden Ray’s center of gravity was “significantly higher” than calculated. “Golden Ray capsized because it did not possess enough righting…
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November 2021 Shipbuilding News

Bay Shipbuilding launches new Great Lakes freighter  Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Co. celebrated the launch of Mark W. Barker, the first new U.S.-built Great Lakes freighter in nearly 40 years.  The 639-by-78-foot, River-class self-unloading ship is slated for completion next year. It will operate within the Great Lakes and carry raw materials such as salt, iron ore and…
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Man charged after pipe bombs are found on Ohio River towboats

Man charged after pipe bombs are found on Ohio River towboats

(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — An Ohio man has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with possession of one or more unregistered destructive devices found aboard towboats on the Ohio River. According to the criminal complaint filed Oct. 28, law enforcement officers recovered suspected destructive devices from two towboats on Oct. 21 and Oct. 25. The complaint alleges that Nathaniel Blayn…
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NTSB cites poor communication, erratic steering in Sabine Pass collision

NTSB cites poor communication, erratic steering in Sabine Pass collision

The mate piloting an outbound offshore supply vessel in Sabine Pass steered erratically and ignored crew warnings in the minutes before a collision with an articulated tug-barge (ATB), federal investigators said. The mate helming the supply boat tested positive for alcohol after the incident, although authorities could not say conclusively that he was impaired during the accident voyage.  The 167-foot…
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Hawaii container loss attributed to lack of stowage plan

Hawaii container loss attributed to lack of stowage plan

The loss of shipping containers from a Young Brothers deck barge last summer off Hawaii’s Big Island stemmed from insufficient loading practices at the company’s Honolulu cargo hub, federal investigators said. Fifty containers loaded on the aft deck of Ho’omaka Hou collapsed and 21 fell overboard on June 22, 2020 while under tow to Hilo by the tugboat Hoko Lua. Eight containers were…
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Eastern partners with Bayou Metal Supply on OPC production

Eastern partners with Bayou Metal Supply on OPC production

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Louisiana’s Bayou Metal Supply to provide material and labor in support of the production of the U.S. Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter (OPC) program. ESG is the prime contractor of the OPC program and landed this materials and labor relationship to strengthen its bid for…
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