Exhibiting at Gastech conference in Singapore, class body ABS said it had approved a Chinese Gas-Block (CGB) offshore terminal and bunkering concept. ABS was separately selected to class WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy’s American LNG bunker barge.
French class body Bureau Veritas has granted an AIP to French LNG containment manufacturer GTT for an LNG bunker tanker design. It has separately released a new notation for LNG bunkering tankers.
DNV GL and its partners have released a technical and economic feasibly study for an LNG-fuelled, turbine-driven Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV).
Shanghai-based offshore finance and services provider Landmark Capital has invested in Norwegian company Connect LNG, which in June unveiled a mobile LNG loading system.
The realisation of the LNG filling station in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 20 was part of the EU-funded 'LNG4Haul' project, which will see five LNG stations for trucks installed in the country.
Future LNG ConRo ship operator Crowley Maritime Corporation this week has christened the first of four new product tankers for US coastal operation, the first tanker to feature ABS “LNG ready” notation.
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.