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Chemical Reaction

By Tim Sheahan 2016-06-12 21:15:25

Surging petrochemical production is benefiting Gulf Coast ports. By Tim Sheahan As southern California is the nation’s top magnet for containerized cargo, so is the Gulf Coast the most attractive hub for movements of petrochemicals. Led by ports such as Houston and New Orleans, petrochemical activity is thriving due in no small part to growth in refining activity and an abundance of cheap natural gas. Ports such as Corpus Christi are growing by leaps and bounds. M&G Chemicals...

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Fuel's "Slippery Slope"

By Tim Sheahan 2016-05-13 18:31:43

Contaminants in fuel are becoming a problem. By Tim Sheahan Vincent Favier is the CEO of Ecoslops, the first company to develop technology to produce recycled marine fuels from marine oil residues, known as “slops.” Last year it announced that it had sold its first volume of marine fuel and imported a new shipment of slops to its refinery at the Port of Sinès in Portugal. Ecoslops confirmed that it sold 1,000 tons of marine diesel oil (MDO),...

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Surging Petchem Production Boosts Gulf Coast Ports

By Tim Sheahan 2016-05-12 20:13:21

As southern California is the nation’s top magnet for containerized cargo, so is the Gulf Coast the most attractive hub for movements of petrochemicals. Led by ports such as Houston and New Orleans, petrochemical activity is thriving due in no small part to growth in refining activity and an abundance of cheap natural gas. Ports such as Corpus Christi are growing by leaps and bounds. M&G Chemicals confirmed recently that it plans to increase the capacity of its Corpus Christi...

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Scrubbers: A Waiting Game

By Tim Sheahan 2016-04-17 19:15:13

To scrub or not to scrub? That is the question. By Tim Sheahan When it comes to investment decisions by shipowners, most of whom are averse to any kind of investment in the first place, few areas are more controversial than that of scrubber technologies – or, to give them their proper name, exhaust gas cleaning systems. While major cruise companies are giving the go-ahead to their purchasing departments, many smaller businesses, and those away from the public...

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Ship-to-Shore Connections

By Tim Sheahan 2016-02-17 23:39:55

Rising satcom spending belies the depressed condition of most maritime markets. Satcom is big business. The combination of newbuilds coming online and upgrades to existing vessels is catalyzing a surge in revenues, with the market expected to hit the $5.2 billion mark by 2024, a recent report from research firm NSR predicted. "Lower fuel prices are an encouraging sign for renewed investments over the near future,” explains Brad Grady, a senior analyst at the firm. “Maritime companies are continuing...

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Ports: Value Proposition

By Tim Sheahan 2016-01-08 17:49:53

Breakbulk ports specialize in offering high-value services for high-value cargoes. Ports offering breakbulk and project cargo services are fighting back. Volumes are up. Values are increasing, and successful diversification is cementing their position as a purveyor of essential services that are a key component of the U.S. and global supply chains. “Cargo volumes are up in the past two years,” says Mark Tollini, Senior Deputy Director at the Port of Stockton, California. “We are seeing increased volumes of...

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Marine Electronics: A World of Solutions

By Tim Sheahan 2015-11-22 19:04:06

Electronics are everywhere in modern society, and it’s no different in the maritime business. They catalyze movement as well as prevent it; enable navigation, tracking and monitoring; and control a wealth of hydraulically operated functions. Radar & Navigation Systems  “We believe in the idea of the connected commercial ship,” says Jose Herrero, Managing Director of the Professional Marine Division at Navico, “whereby there will be much more information exchanged between onboard and onshore systems. The logical extension is the need...

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Data Overload

By Tim Sheahan 2015-11-17 13:47:46

Maritime software is as diverse as it is progressive. It can do everything from navigating the ship to monitoring fuel use to saving money on repairs. Investment in software can be a boon for your bottom line, improving efficiencies, controlling costs and reducing the chance of potential breakdowns. And as the flow of information continues to grow exponentially, accurate data analytics is essential to understanding it. So what follows is a useful guide to some of the better software packages...

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Innovation and Invention

By Tim Sheahan 2015-09-11 14:22:22

Manufacturers find new markets for essential components.  The maritime sector, like everything else, was significantly impacted by the global economic crisis. Investment dried up. Maintenance was deferred. It was as if someone had simply “turned off the tap.” The strategy was clear: Why commit to significant investment when it is, in theory, a cost that can be deferred? However, as many will tell you, this is something of a false economy. Now, with confidence back, investment in new systems...

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