Friday 18 April 2014

Iran tanker safety risks rise as ship audit firms quit

Western pressure that forced foreign ship classifiers out of Iran has increased safety risks including the danger of an Iranian vessel spilling oil on another country's coast, the chief executive of Lloyd's Register said.


China shuts down oil port after spill

China has closed the Dalian Xingang oil port in its northeast, home to the country's largest oil reserve bases, after crude pipeline explosions spilt oil into the sea, but the main facilities there are undamaged. State oil major PetroC


Hurricane Alex hits Mexico, avoids oil rigs

Hurricane Alex hit the Mexican coast south of the US border on Wednesday, flooding towns far inland, but the powerful storm stayed clear of oil fields to the relief of crude markets. The Category 2 hurricane hampered efforts to control the


Spill wipes $23bn off BP, pressures debt rating

Fears oil may continue spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for another two months into the hurricane season wiped $23 billion off BP's market value on Tuesday and sent the cost of protecting its debt soaring. Once Britain's biggest com


Obama slams oil firms for spill blame game

US President Barack Obama has slammed the companies involved in a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill as BP readied a siphoning system to contain a growing environmental disaster. Obama applied further pressure on the companies involved in th


Oil above $86 on oil spill concerns, Greece

Oil edged above $86 a barrel on Monday, gaining for a fourth session, balanced by concerns about the oil spill in the US and doubts about a massive bailout package for Greece. Financial markets reacted sceptically to the record 110 billion


More offshore platforms may shut down due to spill

Two US offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been shut down and a third was evacuated as a precaution after a giant oil spill and further shutdowns are possible, the US Minerals Management Service said on Saturday. The M

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