Singapore’s port authority has issued bunker survey licences for 51 companies to operate in the Port of Singapore.
Fuelling specialist and developer LNG Gorskaya has signed an agreement to develop LNG bunkering infrastructure for cruise ships and ferries at Russia's new Marine Façade passenger port in St. Petersburg.
Norwegian LNG developer Dreifa Energy has signed an operational partner agreement with German maritime solutions firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to collaborate on floating LNG regasification solutions.
Bunkering specialist Bomin Linde LNG has completed fuelling operations for Australia’s first LNG-fuelled ferry, the Searoad Mersey II, at its fabrication site in Odense, Denmark.
Shipping firm Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) has launched a new LNG-fuelled ferry and completed first bunkering operations at its SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
Fuelling specialist and developer LNG Gorskaya is to build an LNG bunker station in the port of Mõntu, in western Estonia.
South Korean utility Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) is to invest US$9 million to develop LNG bunkering infrastructure at Tongyeong, in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
Energy investment company Risco Energy Group has signed a joint venture agreement with fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) to develop small to mid-scale LNG terminals and supply chains across the Indonesian Archipelago.
Shipping firm DEPA and ferry operator Attica Holdings have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study the use of LNG fuel to power passenger ships in Europe.
A consortium consisting of ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSM) and Calor Gas has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Orkney Islands Council to develop LNG fuelling solutions in the northerly UK and North Sea region.
Vessel design firm LMG Marin is to design the first LNG-fuelled ferry to operate in the Mediterranean Sea.
Authorities at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands have opened a new dedicated berth for LNG bunker vessels.
Innovative approaches to the development of small- to mid-scale fuelling infrastructure is vital for LNG to become the fuel of choice in future, Derek Thomas, head of advanced research at AG&P told LNG Fuelling.
The PERFECt fuel consortium has moved into its second phase of development exploring the use of combined gas and steam turbine (cogas) systems for container vessels and expects to deliver detailed results by mid-2017.
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.