Stolt Tankers' improvement only cosmetic - 02/07/2015

Stolt Tankers has reported a significant improvement in operating profit for the second quarter, with the result of $30.4m well up on the $19.0m recorded in the first quarter.

Exmar builds a bigger LNG platform - 01/07/2015

Exmar has reached agreement with Flex LNG and Geveran Trading, a company controlled by trusts related to John Fredriksen, to merge their LNG operations into a new company, Exmar LNG.

IM Skaugen to concentrate on core gas business - 01/07/2015

IM Skaugen has agreed to sell its 50% stake in the ship-to-ship transfer and lightering operation SPT to its partner Teekay.

FMCSA looks for comments on SMS tweaks - 29/06/2015

US FMCSA has issued a notice requesting public comments on proposed enhancements to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology.

Magellan/LBC jv to develop crude terminal in Texas - 29/06/15

Magellan Midstream Partners and LBC Tank Terminals have formed a 50/50 joint venture, Seabrook Logistics LLC, to build an operate a new 700,000-bbl crude oil terminal in Seabrook, Texas.

Univar bags the cash - 23/06/15

Univar has raised $770m from its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing the company at around $3bn.

Odfjell out of Europe - 23/06/15

Odfjell has exited the European shortsea market, selling its last three 5,800-dwt vessels operating in the trade.

Ahlers and Tigro set up joint venture - 20/06/15

Belgium's Ahlers and compatriot firm Tigro Industries are to form a joint venture under the new Altigra banner.

Canada's rail liability rule gets the nod - 19/06/15

Canada’s Safe and Accountable Rail Act has received Royal Assent.

Bertschi adds to Schwarzheide capacity - 16/06/15

Bertschi has put an expansion of the STR intermodal terminal at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into service.

US comes slowly up to speed on radioactives - 14/06/15

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has published its final rule to update its regulations for the packaging and transport of radioactive materials in the US. 

Stolt-Nielsen, Golar in LNG venture - 11/06/15

Stolt-Nielsen Ltd and Golar LNG have formed a joint venture to pursue small-scale LNG production and distribution projects.

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