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Get Marine Vapor Control System Training from the Experts

Are your marine vapor control personnel due for system training? If they aren’t, chances are good that they soon will be. Facilities with marine vapor control systems (MVCS) must provide training under U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations: Section 33 CFR 154.2030 for transfer/loading facilities and Section 33 CFR 154.2031 for barge cleaning facilities. Failure to provide regular training is not only unsafe, it can also result in significant USCG penalties.  Fortunately, Aura Engineering makes marine vapor control system training simple and easy. Often, we can even use it as an opportunity to save your facility money!  MVCS training is required [...]

Are You Prepared for Growing Demand for Oil Storage?

Oil and fuel storage are at a premium in 2021, and many experts say the demand will only grow over the next several years. A confluence of factors is responsible for the boom.  According to a recent report from industry analysts Grand View Research, increasing oil and gas production activities, along with the growing demand for crude oil in several end-use sectors, are expected to drive storage growth through 2027. Suppliers are focusing on inventories and infrastructure development to store crude oil in large quantities in order to meet rising crude oil demand worldwide. In addition, fluctuating crude oil prices [...]

Do You Have Enough Oil and Gas Storage to Weather the Next Crisis?

Good news for oil and petroleum product shippers: No massive vessel is currently blocking the Suez Canal at the moment! It took days to free the 400-meter-long Ever Given after it ran aground in the vital trade waterway in mid-March 2021. The costly delays required to free the mega vessel caused shipping rates for oil product tankers to nearly double as trade was rerouted.  The crisis was only the latest in a string of problems around the globe that affected the industry over the past year, including the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented freezing weather across the U.S., election hysteria, and other [...]

Calculating the Value of Environmentally Friendly Vapor Control Systems

Chemical and petrochemical vapor recovery and control systems have been a major focus of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Coast Guard for years, and now with a new federal administration incoming, many experts believe that focus will be more intense than ever. The reason is simple: vessels at sea, transfer stations, and other midstream infrastructure emit gases or fumes that have the potential to cause severe damage to the environment. In order to protect our communities and wildlife, there are many different laws at both the federal and state [...]

Filling the Gap in Crude Transportation Following the Keystone XL Cancellation

Following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, many crude shippers are turning to alternatives to move their oil. New product transfer facilities will be needed to help serve the demand for shipping by rail and truck; older transfer facilities will need to be upgraded and retrofitted in order to more efficiently load and unload crude. Aura Engineering has the expertise to help keep supplies moving across North America.  The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline will necessarily result in more oil-by-rail and oil-by-truck shipments, and a moratorium placed on new [...]

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