In this issue

 

Energy major Total is to acquire Dutch vehicle fuelling specialist PitPoint, as part of a strategy to “significantly increase” its presence in the natural gas vehicle fuel sector. 

Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Industries has started final installation operations for the first phase of the Klaipeda LNG distribution hub in Lithuania and now expects the hub to be operational “by the end of the summer”. 

Spanish energy provider Molgas Energía has bunkered the first LNG at the port of Santander in northern Spain. 

Equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Marine has unveiled a new LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany. 

Shipping firm Pasha Hawaii has selected Keppel AmFELS for the construction of two new LNG-fuelled containerships and optioned a further two additional vessels. 

Marine engineering group DEME has placed an order for the world’s first LNG-fuelled offshore installation vessel, Orion

Shipbuilder Aluship Technology has signed an agreement with marine engineering firm Japan Marine United to manufacture self-contained square type IMO type B (SPB) LNG tank systems. 

German energy company Uniper and food industry service provider Meyer Logistik have partnered to launch the first publically accessible LNG fuelling station in Berlin. 

The first port-to-ship bunkering of LNG in Southeast Asia has been demonstrated by authorities in Singapore at the port of Jurong Port on the south of the island. 

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has introduced a new standard governing the bunkering of LNG. 

Technology developer Titan LNG has signed a two year bunkering contract with Amulet Management & Services (AMS) to supply LNG fuel for two vessels. 

Bunker specialist Barents NaturGass has opened Norway's largest LNG bunkering facility, at Polarbase in Hammerfest. 

Nordic LNG supplier Skangas has been awarded a contract by the Finnish government to deliver LNG fuel for two vessels until 2019. 

Fuel solutions provider Høglund has been awarded a contract to supply automation systems for an LNG bunker vessel operated by Bernhard Schulte along with two chemical tankers for Sirius Shipping. 

News Nudges

Cochin Eyes role as LNG bunker hub

The port of Cochin in India is reportedly set to develop its role as a global bunker destination, according to discussion held at the International Bunkering Conference. Authorites at the Cochin Port Trust and the Indian Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax department discussed challenges in “bunker sales and bunkering business” in India and hailed the Cochin Port model for its promotion of LNG bunkering trade. The Port Trust also called for further facilitation of floating bunker storage. Located on the Laccadive Sea, Cochin Port is a major Indian Ocean port and one of the largest ports in India.


Engie, AES sign LNG joint venture

Fuel specialists ENGIE AND AES have entered a joint venture to market and sell LNG to third parties in Central America. The venture operate via the Costa Norte LNG terminal in Colón, Panama. The terminal is currently under construction and is jointly owned by AES and Inversiones Bahía. It will have capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum. ‘This joint venture further strengthens the joint marketing agreement signed by Engie and AES late last year, whereby both groups agreed to jointly market LNG in the Caribbean, from AES’ Andres regasification facility in the Dominican Republic,’ Engie said in a statement.