Shipping line CMA CGM has announced that nine new ultra-large vessels - the largest containerships ever built – will be fuelled by LNG.
Transportation and logistics firm Tote has contracted engineering firm MAN Diesel & Turbo to retrofit two vessels for LNG operation.
Naval outfitter and gas carrier Gabadi has signed a partnership agreement with Korean firm Hankuk Carbon to develop solutions for the LNG bunkering sector.
Competition to build and operate the next generation of LNG bunker vessels is growing as energy majors announce plans to increase their exposure to the sector.
Fuel specialists Skangas and Titan LNG have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the supply of LNG for shipping in the North Sea and Baltic region.
Logistics specialist Jost Group has ordered 500 IVECO LNG-fuelled trucks and announced plans to target 35% conversion of its fleet to LNG by 2020.
Energy major Shell has signed a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for a new LNG bunker barge to expand it bunkering network in the U.S.
Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have completed the first simultaneous LNG bunkering and ship loading operation at quayside.
Japanese commodities firm Sojitz has acquired LNG firm First State Regasificadora (FSR).
Nordic LNG specialist Skangas has completed the first small scale LNG loading at a facility on Melkøya island outside Hammerfest in Norway.
The government of Malta is to explore the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure across the island, following a €600,000 research grant from the European Union.
The market for LNG bunkering is set to grow solidly over the coming decade reaching record levels by 2025, according to the latest figures from consultancy Transparency Market Research.
A manufacturing consortium led by engineering firm Kooiman Marine Group has been contracted to start manufacture of Titan LNG’s FlexFueler LNG bunkering pontoon.
The government of Japan has announced plans to invest US$10 billion to support Asian LNG growth and improve uptake of LNG bunkering.
Klaipeda operations officially commence
Terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta has officially started operation of its small-scale onshore LNG reloading station at KLAIPĖDA but expects trial operations and commissioning works to continue until the end of the year. “The LNG reloading station is one of the major investment projects included in the company’s strategy for the period until 2020, with the need for and usefulness of it already seen at the time of the station’s commissioning: the first commissioning cargo has been delivered by the global oil and gas giant Shell, and the first LNG trucks already shipped to Poland. We believe that Lithuania will eventually develop the network of LNG regasification stations: its beginning can already be seen in Druskininkai, with the progress and favorable prospects felt in the neighboring countries,” Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of Klaipedos Nafta, said.
WinGD to supply LNG engines for ULCVs
Equipment manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel is to supply its low-speed X-DF dual-fuel engines for Shipping line CMA CGM’s recent order of nine Ultra Large Container Vessels. The 12-cylinder X92DF engines will be installed for the vessels under construction at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding which are due to enter service in 2020 on routes between Asia and Europe. “Given the low NOx emissions of dual-fuel engines using lean burn combustion and the extremely low sulphur content of natural gas, by choosing our X-DF engines and LNG, CMA CGM is automatically complying with all existing and future emissions regulations,” Volkmar Galke, General Manager of Sales at WinGD, said.