Cryogenic equipment manufacturer ARTA is to progress plans for an LNG bunkering system in partnership with shipping firm MSC. The system follows over twelve months of research and analysis by ARTA and MSC subsidiary, MSC Cruises.
Power equipment manufacturer MAN is to deliver a marine LNG fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) and auxiliary equipment for an Italian ferry, currently under construction at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.
The German ports of Rostock and Brunsbüttel have completed first LNG fuelling operations for vessels as part of a strategy to develop both locations into bunkering hubs.
Engineering firm Houlder has signed a memorandum of understanding with LNG transfer specialist KLAW to collaborate on the development of new “hybrid” bunkering and fuel transmission solutions.
LNG fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) expects the LNG bunkering sector in India to present ‘significant opportunities’ for growth and has announced a new agreement with developer Hindustan LNG to build infrastructure in the East Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, India.
German maritime solutions firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in partnership with engineering support services firm Babcock has announced plans to construct a new design LNG bunkering vessel.
Authorities at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium have commissioned a second jetty at the port’s LNG terminal and berthed the first LNG carrier for commercial loading.
LNG fuelling specialist firm Axègaz has concluded two separate funding rounds totaling €8.5 million to support the firm’s growth. Most recently, global trading house Gunvor Group invested €1 million while French public sector institution Caisse des Dépôts and 123Venture invested €7.5 million at the end of 2016.
Hong Kong-based investment holding company China LNG has signed a letter of intent with Chu Kong Shipping to cooperate in the construction of LNG refueling docks, LNG refueling stations and LNG storage facilities in the Pearl River Delta, China.
Engineering and technology group Sener is to present a new design LNG bunkering vessel later this month that promises to deliver bunkering capacity of 8,000 cubic metres.
Shipping firm BC Ferries has taken delivery of its new LNG-fuelled vessel Salish Orca in British Columbia, Canada.
Shipping line Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) has awarded a contract to engineering firm Wallace Stone for design and development work to support its newbuild LNG-powered ferry, Skye Triangle.
Power engineering firm Dresser-Rand has commissioned its first micro-scale LNGo production solution, paving the way for wider uptake of LNG-fuelled vehicles in “rough terrain or remote regions”.
The Japanese government has set a date of 2020 to launch ship-to-ship LNG bunkering as part of a three phase plan to strengthen LNG fuelling infrastructure in the country.
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.