Polish energy firms Grupa Lotos and Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) have delivered 120,000 litres of LNG as bunker fuel for sea trails of the platform supply vessel Siem Harmony.
Japanese technology developer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have signed a joint development project with technical services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR) to collaborate on ship-to-ship LNG bunkering compatibility studies.
Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russian gas major Gazprom to cooperate in LNG bunkering studies.
Finnish gas firm Gasum Oy is to collaborate with equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä to develop the “utilization and distribution” of LNG fuel in marine and land markets.
The first LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Gothenburg has been completed successfully, with the tanker Ternsund refuelling near the island of Fotö at the entrance to the port.
Software developer Kongsberg Digital is to develop a simulator tool for ship operators to train staff on the use of LNG as a fuel.
U.S. shipping company Matson has signed a contract with General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new dual-fuel LNG-ready cargo vessels for its Hawaii fleet.
Shipping and energy standards agency DNV GL is to undertake a new market study into the European LNG market, as part of EU efforts to develop a continent-wide network of LNG refuelling nodes.
The European Commission has published new projections for fuel consumption that predict LNG fuelling is set to account for 10% of international maritime bunkering by 2050.
Energy firm Shell has signed an agreement with the government of Gibraltar to construct a small-scale regasification unit in Gibraltar to supply LNG fuel to a nearby power station.
LNG fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) has announced a “major investment” in Korean engineering and design firm Gas Entec.
Japanese technology developer Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has developed a prototype expandable LNG tank for storing fuel aboard maritime vessels and plans to launch the product commercially.
Chinese developer Shenzhen Biaodian Investment is backing growth in the LNG fuelling sector with the addition of 11 newbuild LNG bunkering barges.
Shipping lines Navigator Gas and Crowley Maritime have both launched new LNG-ready vessels, preparing the way for wider use of the fuel within their fleets.
SCF selects WinGD LNG-fuelled 7X62DF engines
Russia’s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot (SCF) has awarded Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) a contract to supply dual-fuel engines for it the first ever LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers. The 7X62DF engines will feature X-DF low-pressure gas admission and are rated 13,800 kilowatts at 86 revolutions-per-minute. The engines comply with IMO Tier III limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in their gas fuel mode, and with IMO Tier II when burning liquid fuel. “Reducing both CAPEX and OPEX, the low-pressure gas admission technology means that in contrast to engines with high-pressure gas injection, the gas fuelling system on the X-DF engines does not require high-pressure electrically-driven cryogenic pumps. This considerably reduces both the purchase and installation cost of the fuelling system and the consumption of electricity needed for injection of gas into the combustion chamber,” a spokesperson for WinGD said. Swiss manufacturer, WinGD is a developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. Its engines are utilized for the propulsion of various types of deep-sea ships, including oil and product tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers, general cargo ships and container ships.
FGE predicts Asia LNG bunker growth
The LNG bunkering market may be poised for growth as LNG prices fall to historic lows, according to research constultancy FGE. Speaking at the recent International Symposium on LNG Bunkering, FGE chairman Fereidun Fesharaki told local agenices that prices could fall to a low of around US$4 per MMBtu in the second half of 2018 as export projects in the U.S. and Australia add supply faster than demand can grow. The outlook is likely to help investment in new LNG fuelling infrastructure as project developers see rising demand.