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  • Stricken Italian container vessel causes large oil slick off French coast

    15 March 2019

    French authorities are bracing for a large oil slick to hit the country's coastline after an Italian ship capsized and sank in the Bay of Biscay off La Rochelle on March 13. The container vessel, Grande America, caught fire on March 10 during a trip from Hamburg to Casablanca. All 27 crew have been rescued but a large amount of fuel was reported to have spilled into the ocean....

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  • US Government bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo in passenger aircraft holds

    01 March 2019

    The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on February 27 prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Devices with li-ion batteries for personal use will still be permitted in the cabin and hold....

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  • Canada train derailment causes oil leak

    18 February 2019

    Canadian National Railway (CN) said in a statement that 37 cars carrying crude oil were derailed early on February 16 near St-Lazare, just east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary. CN said there was “a partial leak” of crude and it was not known how much oil had spilled....

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  • Section of Keystone pipeline closed in Missouri due to oil spill

    12 February 2019

    TransCanada said its Keystone pipeline, which carries Canadian crude to the US, was likely to be the source of an oil spill in Missouri that prompted the company to shut a segment of the line. This disruption comes as US Gulf Coast refiners increased demand for Alberta oilsands crude as an alternative to Venezuelan heavy crude now subject to US sanctions....

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  • Gas explosion and blaze on major San Francisco boulevard is latest blow for PG&E

    07 February 2019

    California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) faced up to the latest in a string of safety incidents on February 6 when a leak from a gas pipe ignited on a major thoroughfare in San Francisco causing a large blast and fire that consumed at least five buildings. An evacuation order was imposed for people within a block of the site but there were no reports of casualties....

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News Extra: Global energy giants unveil plans for major integrated carbon capture project in UK 01 February 2019

Six major oil and gas companies announced plans on November 28 to study the development of the first full-scale commercial carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) facility at a site in Teeside, UK. To advance the project, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Equinor, Occidental Petroleum and Total have formed a strategic partnership within the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a global consortium of hydrocarbon producers....

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South Korea reports increase in marine oil spills in 2018 24 January 2019

On January 23, South Korean news agency reported Korea Coast Guard (KCG) saying the number of marine pollution and oil spill accidents in South Korea increased last year. A total of 288 accidents of sea pollution were reported nationwide in 2018, up 6%, or 271, from the previous year, the KCG said....

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Ships ablaze off Crimea after explosion 22 January 2019

At least 11 people have died in fires on two Tanzanian-flagged cargo vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, Russian authorities said on January 21. Rescuers were trying to reach sailors who jumped overboard, with 14 initially rescued. Both ships are gas tankers, and an explosion and fire on one reportedly set the other vessel on fire....

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Explosion aboard Vietnamese tanker in Hong Kong harbour kills one, three missing 08 January 2019

The product tanker Aulac Fortune suffered an explosion and fire on January 8 at Lamma Island Anchorage, Hong Kong. Of the 26 crew, 22 were rescued, one died and three are still missing. Some of the crew were thrown overboard by the explosion on the Vietnamese-flagged vessel, local media said, while others had to jump into the water to escape the fire....

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Five crew rescued following blast, fire on Malta-flagged tanker 02 January 2019

Two members of a Malta-flagged tanker suffered burns and were being hospitalized in Nicosia after an explosion on December 29 caused a fire aboard the vessel, Cypriot police said in a statement. Rescue vessels picked up five crew members who jumped into the sea. Two crew members with serious burns were taken to hospital in Nicosia....

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