In this issue

 

Energy firms Shell and Qatar Petroleum have formed a joint venture partnership focused on the development of LNG marine fuelling infrastructure. 

Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply LNG-fuelled engines and supply systems for four Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply LNG-fuelled engines and supply systems for four next-generation tankers ordered by Swedish shipping line Erik Thun.

Norwegian firm Knutsen OAS Shipping has selected MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply four dual-fuel engines for the construction of two newbuild LNG tankers.

Authorities at the Port of Helsinki have published guidelines for the bunkering of LNG, designed to promote the safe use of the fuel.

Logistics service provider Vos Logistics has announced the expansion of its LNG-fuelled fleet with the addition of two new LNG Ecocombi trucks. The vehicles will operate in the Benelux region on behalf of partner Pipelife, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of plastic piping and fittings, and will be the first Ecocombi design trucks to be powered by LNG, boosting the scope off the fuel.

Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has awarded tanker owner and operator AET a long-term contract to operate two LNG-fuelled offshore loading shuttle tankers (OLST).

Bunker specialist Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first small-scale LNG gas-up/cool-down and reload at its terminal on Jurong Island. 

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European Union ministers have adopted a new declaration to expand LNG as a bunker fuel and support the reduction of greenhouse gases. 

Industry consortium Green Corridor has announced results from the first phase of a project to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax vessel. 

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and technical services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR) have signed a partnership agreement to design LNG-powered bulk carriers. 

Shipbuilder STX France has signed a memorandum of understanding with cruise line MSC Cruises for the construction of two new LNG-powered mega cruise ships. 

A group of 16 Greek maritime organisations have launched the Marine LNG Network, a partnership designed to create infrastructure for the “smooth and rapid integration” of LNG as a  marine fuel. 

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Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni is the latest organisation to join LNG fuelling focused industry coalition SEA\LNG. 

Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to supply 15 LNG-powered engines for Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten Nord. 

News Nudges

Gasum to acquire further stake in Skangas

Finnish gas specialist Gasum is to increase its stake in small-scale LNG supplier Skangas from 51% to 70%, as it seeks to strengthen its position within the Nordic LNG market. The share acquisition follows agreement by Norwegian utility Lyse Group to sell a 19% Skangas stake to Gasum. As a result of the sale, Lyse will retain a 30% stake in Skangas, down from 49%.


Brittany Ferries orders LNG-fuelled M/V Honfleur

Shipping line Brittany Ferries has ordered a new LNG-fuelled cruise ferry from German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft. The vessel - M/V Honfleur - will be powered by four main LNG engines paired with alternators, to reduce noise and vibrations whilst using less fuel at low speed. The vessel will operate on the Ouistreham – Portsmouth route and will have capacity to accommodate 1,680 passengers on 11 decks. It is scheduled to be launched in November 2018.


CGH progresses with Chongqing LNG bunker station

China Gas Holdings (CGH) expects to commission its onshore LNG bunkering station in Chongqing in the second half of 2017. The announcement follows five years after preliminary work began in 2012 and delays have in part resulted due to the company waiting for a licence from the Ministry of Transport. CGH is headquartered in Hong-Kong and has been conducting trials at the site since 2015 when the first phase of construction began.