More and more ERL Inc. is hearing from our customers about issues related to liquid cargo vapor emissions from the Hatches on their tank barges. In many cases these operators are not allowed to discharge their cargo due to excess vapor emissions. Docks and terminals are now employing technology that allows for the detection ofRead More >
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Your Process Safety Guide to Pressure Relief Valve Testing
The process safety accidents at industrial facilities worldwide observed a significant increase in 2020. Asia, Italy, Turkey, and America are among the places with the most records of such incidents. Industrial facilities with pressure systems or boilers demand pressure relief valve testing. Testing requirements of facilities vary by industry and municipal law. Pressure relief valve testing is theRead More >
Inland Marine Barge Boat Maintenance Explained
The United States uses marine barges to ship all kinds of products and materials. One report found about 30,000 Hopper and 3,800 Tank Barges operating in the US to help keep up with shipping demands. One thing that slows down those barges is damage and degradation caused by water and the elements. That’s why it’s importantRead More >
What Is a Vertical Turbine Pump?
Did you know you can get a liquid to flow up? You don’t need a science fiction anti-gravity device, and you don’t need to attend an academy for wizards. All you need is an extremely useful device called a vertical turbine pump. But how do they work? Keep reading this short guide, and you’ll knowRead More >
4 Signs an Industrial Valve Needs Servicing
Industrial valves have a shorter lifespan than you think. Not what a business owner in the marine industry wants to hear, right? You rely on valves for a variety of crucial applications. The last thing you want is to be stuck offshore with a faulty valve in need of repair. Thankfully, if your industrial valveRead More >
Your Mechanical Seal Pump Guide to Seal Types
In 2021, analysts valued the global barge transportation market at $147.5 billion. Barge transportation is a critical element of international supply chains. Every hour a barge is delayed due to mechanical failure, industries hemorrhage revenue. Sometimes these losses total into the millions. The ripple effect of those failures is felt the world over—sometimes for years afterRead More >
Becoming a Tankerman: Your Guide to Tankerman Training, Houston
Are you looking to level up your marine career? Interested in making upwards of $85,000/year? Then you should get your Tankerman training in Houston. If you search “Tankerman training Houston” you’ll get a lot of confusing results and complex information. You’ll also see a ton of options for schools and trainings that can take forever andRead More >
Preventing Pollution: The Marine Environmental Protection Coast Guard
It’s estimated that over 8 million tons of plastic contaminate our oceans yearly. Other environmental pollutants include illegal dumping and oil spills, to name a few. The Marine Environmental Protection Coast Guard works hard to benefit us all. The MEPCG takes active steps to prevent things that damage our environment. They’re the frontline against pollution, but also from muchRead More >
Choosing the Right Industrial Valves Manufacturers for Your Needs
Tank barges are the backbone of the oil and gas industries, with forecasters predicting a growth rate of 4.5% in this field by 2031. So, if you’re a tank barge operator anywhere in the United States right now, you need to prepare yourself for the growth. You can get started by equipping your tank barges with the ultimateRead More >
Did you know that one 10K barge has the capacity to hold 1500 tons? This is the equivalent of nearly 63,000 bushels or over 500,000 gallons of material. This is an incredible feat of transportation. To keep all of the barges worldwide in check, barge inspection visits must take place. They happen with regularity to keepRead More >
What Are Mechanical Seals?
Did you know that mechanical seals have been in existence for more than 100 years? George J. Cook created the mechanical seal in 1923 under Patent #1545080. A mechanical seal is a piece of equipment that provides a seal on rotating equipment at a shaft’s entry or exit point. It’s typically used to help stop the leakage of one high-pressureRead More >
All About a Deep Well Vertical Turbine Pump
For 2,000 plus years, inventors and engineers have constantly researched and refined various pumps for moving liquids and sludge. The first actual pump – Archimedes’ screw pump – invented in 200 BC for pumping water – is still in use today. Over the centuries, engineers stayed busy designing highly specialized pumps for different jobs. The agricultural, shipping, chemical, petrochemical,Read More >