Revised Safety Regulations for Facility and Vessel Vapor Control Systems – Effective Aug. 15, 2013

September 13, 2013 in News

Hudson can help!!!


The Department of Homeland Security issued revised safety regulations effective August 15, 2013 for facility and vessel vapor control systems (VCSs).  33 CFR 154 Subpart E is now replaced in its entirety by Subpart P.  The revised regulations contain significant clarification to requirements for certification of new facilities, recertification of existing facilities as well as introduces new requirements such as periodic operational reviews.  S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. is actively assisting several of our clients in understanding the requirements for these revisions as well as providing certification, recertification, and operational review services.


The new regulations:


  • Reflect the expanded number and scope of Federal and State regulations for VCSs since 1990;


  • Reflect advances in VCS technology and operational practices since 1990, particularly in vapor-balancing operations, cargo line clearing operations, and multi- breasted tandem barge-loading operations;


  • Incorporate safety guidance and reflect VCS regulatory exemptions and equivalency approvals;


  • Provide new regulations for cargoes and operations, such as TBCFs, that have become subject to Federal or State regulatory expansion since 1990;


  • Provide for periodic operational reviews to ensure that VCSs are properly maintained and operated after they are certified;


  • Provide an alternate test program for analyzers and pressure sensors, in addition to existing 24-hour pre-transfer/cleaning instrument testing requirements, to provide greater regulatory flexibility;


  • Require certifying entities (CEs) to be operated by currently licensed professional engineers to ensure that certification is conducted by properly qualified professionals, and clarify the role of the CE in VCS design, installation, and hazard reviews;


  • Remove 33 CFR Part 154, Appendix B, which provides specifications for flame arresters and requires flame arresters to meet third-party standards, because of apparent lack of public demand for these devices;


  • Attempt to achieve greater clarity through the use of tabular presentation;


  • Update industry standards that are incorporated by reference into regulatory requirements;


  • Phase in requirements for existing VCSs to moderate the economic impact of new requirements for those VCSs;


  • Make conforming changes in regulations other than 33 CFR Part 154, Subpart E and 46 CFR Part 39; and


  • Make nonsubstantive changes in the wording or style of existing regulations, either to improve their clarity or to align them with current Federal regulatory style guidance.
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Food and Toy Drive

December 4, 2012 in News

This year, S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. will be donating food and toys to Camden Rescue Mission Inc. to help brighten this holiday season for local families and children. Please help us put a smile on their faces and food in their bellies. We will be accepting food donations and  new, UNWRAPPED toys for both boys and girls ages 1-12 from December 4th to December 19th.

Please help us in making this a memorable holiday season for families and children who deserve the joys and excitement this holiday season is all about. Every donation makes a difference!

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All In The Family

July 16, 2012 in News

Today is a very proud day for the Hudson Family and S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc.: We are very pleased to welcome Robert (Bob) E. Hudson, EIT to the Hudson Engineers family. Bob is the son of our President, Robert S. Hudson, P.E., and is third generation to work at Hudson Engineers (6th generation in the Marine Engineering and Dock Building industry).


As his father and grandfather before him, Bob graduated this past June from Drexel University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Today, Bob joins S. T. Hudson Engineers to carry on the Hudson legacy and help provide our clients with the best engineering services for waterfront structures. He is ready to dive in (not literally, we have certified divers for that!) and get started. Please join us in welcoming Bob to Hudson Engineers and we hope you all get the opportunity to meet him soon!

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Bristol Considers Docks on Riverfront

July 16, 2012 in News

S. T. Hudson Engineers is very excited to be a part of developing local waterfront. The below link is an article printed in the Bucks County Courier Times on Friday, July 13, 2012.

Bristol Planning for Docks on Riverfront

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Congratulations to Kevin Graham on 40 years with Hudson Engineers!

May 8, 2012 in News

We congratulate Kevin M. Graham on celebrating his 40th anniversary with S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. In a time when it is unusual to find someone that has worked with one company for longer than 10 years, we are proud to say that Kevin joined the Hudson Engineers family in 1972 and continues to share his engineering talents with us after 40 years.

Thank you, Kevin, for all of your dedication, time and effort! We truly appreciate it!

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32nd Annual ILTA Conference and Tradeshow – Booth #735

April 11, 2012 in News

S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. has been a proud exhibitor at the ILTA Conference and Trade Show for over 25 years. This year, Leslie Hudson and Anthony DeVincenzo will attend  the annual event on May 21-23, 2012 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

We hope you will stop by the booth (#735) to chat and make it another successful showing at the ILTA Conference and Trade Show. We look forward to seeing you there!

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