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Green Marine Technology
By William P. Doyle
FMC Commissioner (L-R) Sunoco Logistics’ Tom Sitley, Wil-
On the Docks at Marcus Hook liam P. Doyle, and Captain Mike Nesbitt he last time I was in Mar- Complex. I am pleased to say it is a vi- co’s marine terminal. It is one in a series The ballast water treatment system safe- cus Hook, Pennsylvania was brant place once again. of eight Dragon-class ships speci? cally guards the marine environment. The ves- aboard the SS MORMACSKY The Marcus Hook re? nery was shut- designed to carry liquids from Marcus sels carry EP-class notation and a green
Ttanker serving as an engineer. tered in 2011 after over a century of op- Hook. Evergas is the ship operator. passport; and comply with the energy
I had recently graduated from Widener eration. Around the same time, two Eu- In January 2013, Evergas signed 15- ef? ciency design index (EEDI) regula-
University School of Law; studied all ropean petrochemical plants owned by year charter agreements with INEOS to tions, as well as NOx and SOx Tier III summer for the bar exam and I needed to INEOS were on the ropes—one in Scot- transport ethane from the Sunoco’s Mar- standards.
make some money while I awaited my land and the other in Norway. These two cus Hook Industrial Complex to Europe. The INTRPID bears a distinct dragon license to practice law. So, I did what I plants relied heavily natural gas and liq- Evergas ? rst agreed to build four ships, painted on its topside fuel tanks symbol- knew how to do—I packed my sea bag uids produced from the North Sea. North and then the contact was extended to six, izing its Chinese and Western heritage. with coveralls, work boots, ? ashlight Sea production was in steep decline. then again to eight—all purposely built The dragon chosen to sail and protect and batteries, channel locks and a cres- Thousands of jobs were at stake on both to serve Marcus Hook. this ship is the King of Sun. It symbol- cent wrench—and up the gangway I sides of the Atlantic. Leaders stepped Stenciled on the midsection of the hull izes power with the shades of red and went. That was January of 2001. forward with a plan that involved shale are the words “Shale Gas for Progress.” purple representing the dazzling power
I had to opportunity to visit Marcus gas. On the aft end of the vessel are seven of the sun. Interestingly, an urban legend
Hook again 15 years later on Febru- In late 2012, INEOS signed a 15-year ? ags painted on the hull representing the is already beginning to emerge with re- ary 19, 2016. The old Sun Docks are deal with Range Resources Appalachia international interests of the entire op- spect to the dragons stenciled on these now part of the Marcus Hook Industrial to supply ethane from Sunoco’s Marcus eration. The ? ags are Scotland (location ships. Some say that the two streams
Complex. The complex is bustling. I Hook Industrial Complex. The ethane of Ineos Grangemouth petrochemical shooting out of the mouth of the dragon saw cutting edge technology and newest would be produced in western Pennsyl- plant), Norway (location of Ineos Rafnes resemble the number 52— as in 1952, and most sophisticated tankships a? oat. vania and piped to Marcus Hook. facility), United States (location of Mar- the year Ineos’ Chairman and CEO Jim
On this occasion, Sunoco Logistics and Today, massive new tanks are being cus Hook Industrial Complex and natu- Ratcliffe was born. Anyway, that discus-
INEOS Evergas Green ships invited me constructed to hold ethane, propane or ral gas supply), Switzerland (Location of sion can be hashed out in the years to to view their operations. I boarded the JS a mixture of NGLs. State of the art on- Ineos headquarters), China (location of come down the street at Clanks.
INEOS INTREPID, which is expected to dock rail cars and terminal racks are in shipyard), Denmark (location of Evergas Finally, I would like to thank Sunoco load ethane destined for Rafnes, Norway. place. New dock spaces for tankships headquarters) and the United Kingdom Logistics’ Captain Mike Nesbitt, Tom
It would be the ? rst shipboard export of have been installed and pylons are being (birthplace of Ineos’ owner). Sitley, Brittany Carter and Evergas’ Mi- ethane ever from the United States. set for additional piers. Sunoco antici- When I toured the vessel, what I found hir Navalkar for the time they took show-
Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia pates about 12 ships per month calling amazing was the size and scale of the ing me around the facility and aboard the have emerged as major natural gas liq- at its marine terminal. Sunoco’s Marcus equipment. The bridge is appears to be ship. Thank you.
uids (NGLs) and liquid petroleum gas Hook Industrial Complex also supplies very large, in part, because the bridge
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(LPG) producers. These three states can propane for Pennsylvania and many wings are enclosed. It has the small- com From the desk of FMC Commis- move their products to Marcus Hook other mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. est engine room I have ever seen on a sioner Doyle (byWilliam P. Doyle) on via pipeline. I’ll refer to both NGLs and During peak demand, Marcus Hook large self-propelled ship. The puri? ers
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LPGs as wet gas. Wet gases are ethane, trucks-out about 800 barrels of propane in the puri? er room are small. The main propane, butane, isobutene and pentane. every 45 minutes for domestic use. engines and generators are small. The
The end use products for wet gas include In all, Sunoco Logistics is in the midst cargo control room is small.
The Author plastics used in laptop computers, de- of a $3 billion construction project. There The ship is out? tted with boil off gas
On January 1, 2013, the United States tergent, home heating, small stoves, re- are approximately 300 permanent jobs compressors, cargo pumps, and an en-
Senate con? rmed President Barack frigeration, synthetic rubber, underarm supporting the Marcus Hook complex. ergy recovery system. It includes a pur-
Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle deodorant and gasoline. There is an additional 1,000 contractors pose-built re-liquefaction plant for LPG as a Commissioner of the Federal Mari- shuf? ing in and out each day; and by and ethane.
time Commission. He served over a
Marcus Hook Industrial Complex this summer it is expected to increases to Importantly, the Dragon-class ships decade as of? cer in the U.S. Merchant
I drove my car this time to the Borough about 1,700 contractors per day. are environmentally friendly. The en-
Marine as a marine engineer aboard of Marcus Hook, passing Connolly’s gines have duel fuel capability and can numerous classes of vessels. Doyle is
Pub and Clanks Pizza and then turned The Ships run on LNG or ethane as a marine fuel. a graduate of the Massachusetts Mari- onto Green Street, parked my vehicle I boarded the vessel JS INEOS IN- These capabilities improve ef? ciency time Academy.
and entered the Marcus Hook Industrial TREPID while it was berthed at Suno- and can signi? cantly reduce emissions. 10 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MARCH 2016
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