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12Jun

Tiger shark's distribution spans oceans

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The dreaded tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is among a tiny minority of fish species (<1%!) whose distribution spans oceans, according to a new paper

01Jun

A new direction for Euroshore

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A large attended general assembly was held in Lisbon. Participants discussed a whole day about the future of our association resulting in a sharper mission statement, vision, ethics code, and best practices.

28May

Eco Oil Portugal

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ECO OIL Portugal is part of a larger private group Quimitécnica.that comprises several companies active in hazardous waste and chemical distribution. Eco Oil, our Chairman’s company is located in Setubal, 40 km south of Lisbon. The plant is completely surrounded by seawater and should meet very strict treated wastewater discharge criteria.

16May

Ecoslops Portugal

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Ecoslops has an innovative technology, enabling the transformation of maritime oil residues into valuable new fuels and light bitumen. A first micro-refining plant is already fully operational since June 2015 at the Port of Sinès, Portugal.

23Apr

Hull cleaning

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The Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force on September 8, 2017. It means ships should invest in an IMO-approved ballast water treatment system on which depends the renewal of a ship’s IOPP certificate. In the period till installation on board, a ship should follow the IMO instructions with respect to ballast water exchange.

22Apr

The future of marine fuels

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Consultants such as DNV, Lloyds Register and the Boston Consulting Group try to predict the future of marine fuels. In these scenarios today’s fuel range (HFO, MDO/MGO), the bio-alternatives (bio-diesel, straight vegetable oil), LNG, biogas, methanol, and hydrogen are considered and assessed. Moreover, a wide range of energy efficiency technologies and abatement solutions (including sulphur scrubbers and Selective Catalytic Reduction for NOx emissions abatement) are part of their modelling, as the these technologies’ recognition and increasing use influences the uptake of different fuels.

20Apr

Offshore construction also fall under the new Ballast Water Convention

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Floating platforms, floating storage units (FSUs) and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) (i.e. floating offshore installations at fixed locations) are normally not required by the Convention to undergo surveys or to have international convention certification, unless they transit or relocate to another location, at which time the requirements of the Convention become applicable.

01Mar

Positive outlook for waste management sector in 2017

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Oil prices have increased by 72% from USD 31.48 to USD 54.06 per barrel over 2016. It might signal a shift in the economics of existing recycling programs meaning that some of our members receive a better price for their ‘dry oils’. However, the market is still weak. Cement kilns and metallurgy companies are not yet working at full capacity or have switched to other types of fuel (gas, brown coal etc.) for different reasons.

28Feb

Do you know what "evaporation" means onboard of ships

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With the increase in fuel and operating costs, ship owners and operators try hard to maintain their profit levels. The profit of shipping companies depends on the efficiency of their operations linked to the quality of the crew and the machinery onboard. And of all machines, the ship’s main propulsion plant is of crucial importance when it comes to overall efficiency.

25Feb

A revolutionary breakthrough in demulsifiers

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Demulsifiers, or emulsion breakers, are a class of specialty chemicals used to separate emulsions, for example, water in oil. They are commonly used in the processing of oil-water mixtures originating from shipping, which is typically produced along with significant quantities of saline water.

02Jan

Towards a hopeful 2017 after a difficult 2016

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Many of our members continue to operate in challenging circumstances. Shipping is in a deep crisis. Overcapacity in the shipping sector is a fact, prices are weak putting shipping lines’ prices and profitability under severe pressure. Consequences are bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping and take-over of other shipping lines and a growing number of spills at sea. They are not necessarily illegal discharges, but more operational discharges possibly end up in the sea.

29Dec

Initiatives for vapor recovery are more and more in favor

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Capturing and recovering hydrocarbon vapors to reduce emissions of environmentally hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOC) is a vital concern in modern oil and gas production and transportation. Most of the larger oil companies worldwide have established clear environmental strategies with clear VOC-reductions targets. Also, most of the larger oil companies worldwide have established clear environmental strategies with clear VOC-reductions targets.