Infrastructure developer JAX LNG has signed the concluding engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new LNG bunker facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cargo trading and bunker fuels supply firm The Bomin Group has sold its shareholding in Bomin Linde LNG to joint venture partner Linde.
Final sea trials and tests are underway in Germany for the first LNG-fuelled pure dry cargo ship, Searoad Mersey II.
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed LNG supply contracts that will pave the way for a new LNG-driven fast ferry to serve a route between Helsinki and Tallinn next year.
Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku is to design and construct two next generation LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Miami-based operator Royal Caribbean Cruises.
LNG technology development consortium Project Forward is to partner with Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company Shell to investigate LNG bunkering for the supply of globally-trading bulk carriers, tankers and container vessels.
Singaporean LNG specialist Pavilion Energy is to partner with energy firm ExxonMobil to develop LNG bunkering projects in Singapore.
Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has partnered with Korea LNG Solution to develop and manufacture LNG bunkering equipment.
Designs by shipbuilder Vard Engineering Brevik for a new 6,500 cubic metre capacity bunker vessel have received Approval in Principle (AiP) from standards agency DNV GL.
Finnish state-owned shipping firm Arctia Oy has launched the world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker, the IB Polaris.
LNG solutions provider Titan LNG has introduced a new LNG bunkering pontoon, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler, designed to supply both inland waterway vessels and larger sea-going vessels.
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with energy firm Shell to supply fuel for two next-generation cruise ships and is to expand its fleet with the addition of three new LNG-fuelled vessels.
A consortium of industrial firms that includes French electric utility Engie, Japanese technology firm Mitsubishi Corporation and shipping group NYK Line has launched Gas4Sea to promote LNG bunkering and LNG use as a marine fuel.
Authorities at the Indian port of Kolkata are to develop LNG bunkering facilities at the port’s Haldia Dock Complex.
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.