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Free ReadSohar Port and Freezone in Oman has announced plans to develop major new LNG infrastructure as it joins cross-sector coalition SEA\LNG. Sohar is the first Middle Eastern port member of…
Finnish gas specialist Gasum has partnered with Rotterdam-based shipping group Samskip to bunker LNG in Risavika, Norway.
A joint venture of transport and gas specialists has launched a two-month trial to use liquefied biogas (LBG) for truck transportation between Denmark and Sweden.
Free ReadAuthorities in Western Australia have launched an initiative to create an international LNG fuelling hub in the Pilbara region. The Western Australia government is leading a push to establish the…
Shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has secured a deal to fabricate two LNG-fuelled Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC), valued at more than US$209 million.
Engineering firm Kawasaki Heavy Industries has launched the first LNG bunkering vessel in Japan, signalling a push to switch marine transport to LNG in the country.
Authorities in the Guangdong province of China have signed an agreement to develop new LNG infrastructure and lead major retrofitting of vessels across the region.
Free ReadBunkering joint venture FueLNG has launched Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel at Keppel Nantong Shipyard. The new vessel features capacity of 7,5000 cubic metres and will be the first vessel…
Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has signed an agreement with Pavilion Energy to deliver LNG storage and reload services on Jurong Island, Singapore.
Renewable developer BayWa Energy has partnered with Volkswagen Group to launch a new LNG filling station for trucks in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Shipping line Stena Bulk has unveiled plans for a prototype product and chemical tanker, capable of running on LNG and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25%.
Free ReadThe Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) in Western Australia has signed the country’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services licenses with engineering firm Woodside Energy.  The PPA executed non-exclusive licences with Woodside…
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The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued two new bunker supplier licenses, including provisions for dual-fuelled bunker barges
Nordic energy group Gasum has completed the first LNG bunkering operations for the vessel Sleipnir, the largest semi-submersible crane vessel in the world.

News Nudges

SEA / LNG calls for review of Green Bond certification

Industry consortium SEA / LNG has called on the Climate Bond Initiative to review criteria for its proposed Green Bond certification of Low Carbon Shipping to accommodate greater financing for LNG-fuelled vessels. The consortium notes that proposals lean “towards being technology prescriptive” rather than goal oriented, noting that “immature and emerging technologies such as ammonia and hydrogen, that will require significant research and development investment over many years if they are to scale safely in the deep-sea maritime environment, appear to be favoured”. A recent study commissioned by SEA-LNG from CE Delft concludes that LNG-fuelled ships, with little or no modifications, can realise significant GHG savings through the use of liquid biomethane (LBM) and liquid synthetic methane (LSM), with estimated sustainable global supplies potentially exceeding the demands of shipping in the future. “LNG through the gradual introduction of LBM/LSM offers a realistic pathway for reducing shipping’s GHG emissions and we believe it should be recognized accordingly. Today, LNG is operationally effective, safe, scalable to meet shipping’s needs, and improves global air quality... Specifying green investment criteria that favour specific technology pathways risks forcing the shipping industry into non-optimal solutions from environmental, operational, and commercial perspectives and must be avoided,” SEA /LNG said in an open letter to the industry.


European LNG stations pumping biogas

More than 25% of CNG and LNG fuelling stations in Europe are now delivering biomethane, according to analysis of 4,120 stations by the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA). “It is key to understand and acknowledge that a vehicle that is fuelled with renewable gas, is effectively climate neutral. Europe’s renewable gas production capacity is proven and sustainability criteria in place are fully respected. Today, it is the best solution to boost the decarbonization process of the transport sector leveraging on a real circular economy,” Andrea Gerini NGVA Europe Secretary General, said. The figures show that an average of 17% all gas delivered is now biomethane with bioLNG becoming a “growing reality” as a cost-effective transition towards “carbon neutral mobility”. “While continuously increasing the rate of renewable gas in our network, there is future potential also in improving the efficiency of natural gas engines. This will progress hand in hand,” Gerini stated.


Dunkerque LNG launches truck fuelling

Terminal operator Dunkerque LNG is introducing truck fuelling at its sites with a new service reportedly offering 3,000 slots per year. The firm is majority-owned by a consortium of gas infrastructure group Fluxys, AXA Investment owns and operates Dunkirk LNG terminal in the north of France.