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  08/05/2015
NEW STORAGE FACILITY SOON AVAILABLE
United Kingdom, Portland
DEAD SHIP TOW DELAYED
United States, Mobile, Alabama
New storage facility soon available
May 08, 2015, United Kingdom, Portland
A unique storage facility adjacent to one of the busiest shipping trade routes in the world is soon to become available.Since 2001, Portland Port located on the south coast of the UK has leased its bunker storage, pipeline and berth facility to Aegean Marine Petroleum Network. Later this year the facility will return back to the open market with the opportunity for a new tenant to occupy and manage the facility. The tanks were fully refurbished by Aegean who also built a new jetty to receive tanker deliveries; the facility has since been professionally managed and maintained to a high standard.Approximately 40, 000cbm of storage is available, split between four tanks of approximately 10, 000 cbm each. The storage tanks are set deep in to the Isle of Portland, originally built by the Royal Navy and used for storage of the same products. The tanks are surrounded by Kimmeridge Clay, with each cylindrical tank measuring an impressive 300 metres in length and 7 metres in diameter. Two tanks are currently dedicated to holding marine fuel and the other two for marine diesel, along with a thermal fluid heating system used to heat the tanks.The storage facility is further complemented by two pipelines (one being heated), 1.2 kilometres in length which connect to a bunker jetty which can accommodate vessels of up to 200metres LOA and up to 13 metres of draft. There are two loading arms on the berth, one for MGO the other for HFO.

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Dead ship tow delayed
May 08, 2015, United States, Mobile, Alabama
Due to vessel traffic and tug availability, the dead ship tow of the STELLA BELINDA planned for today (8 May) has been delayed. The vessel transit will commence at approximately 0600 tomorrow, Saturday May 9.The bulk carrier will be towed from the Mobile Sea Buoy to the Bulk Material Handling Plant by the tug ISABELLE with assist tugs provided by Crescent and Seabulk Towing.The ISABELLE and the STELLA BELINDA will have bar pilots onboard for the entire operation and will be standing by on VHF/FM channels 13 and 16. The transit will be made in daylight hours and should take 8 to 10 hours necessitating one way traffic for that time.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
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