In this issue


Shipping line MSC has taken delivery of its first LNG-fuelled cruise ship, one of the world’s largest cruise vessels and the first to incorporate solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. 
Energy developer Liqvis has announced the opening of its eleventh LNG filling station, commissioning its newest facility in the northwest of Germany. 
Free ReadAuthorities in Finland have started operations at the first LNG terminal in the country, adding new truck loading capacity and boosting the regional transmission network.  The small-scale Hamina terminal offers…
A naming ceremony for the world’s first very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs) equipped with high manganese steel LNG fuel tanks has been held in South Korea, by shipbuilder Daewoo…
Energy major TotalEnergies has completed a naming ceremony for its newest LNG bunker vessel, the Brassavola. 
Shipping group Sovcomflot (SCF) and oil firm Gazprom Neft have completed the first LNG bunkering operation in Russia. 
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Free ReadMining giant BHP has outlined plans to inaugurate three new LNG carriers within the next three quarters, as it accelerates its long-term strategy to reduce emission.  The firm is targeting…
Engineering group Høglund Marine Solutions is to deliver integrated automation systems (IAS) for three newbuild LNG bunkering vessels on behalf of Canadian owner Seaspan ULC. 
Greek national gas system operator DESFA has inaugurated a new LNG truck loading station on the island of Revithoussa in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens. 
Officials in Singapore predict rapid growth for LNG in the near term as evidence increasingly shows that it is the most efficient way to reduce emissions from shipping. 
Free ReadExpansion of LNG infrastructure in northwestern Canada could open opportunities to develop a major new marine fuel bunkering hub, according to the Business Council of British Columbia.  Plans are currently…
Finnish enginer manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply equipment for a new bioLNG plant in Tervete, Latvia. 
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Authorities in China are reportedly exploring the introduction of bonded LNG bunkering in the Ningbo region, in order to accelerate the development of wider maritime fuelling infrastructure. 
Free ReadStandards agency DNV and fuelling specialist Pavilion Energy have partnered to roll-out an digital LNG bunkering platform at the Port of Singapore.  The bunkering solution, named FuelBoss, is designed to…

News Nudges

JAX LNG bunkers Sakura Leader

Fuelling specialist Pivotal LNG has completed first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of NYK Line’s Sakura Leader at the JAX LNG facility in Florida. The vessel loaded approximately 800 tonnes of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge — the Clean Canaveral — owned by Polaris New Energy. It marks the first time the Sakura Leader sailed to the US East Coast from Japan and was the first time the vessel received LNG bunkering in the US. “We are honoured to have earned the trust and confidence to fuel Sakura Leader and to demonstrate our unique ability to serve NYK LINE,” said Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG, said. The JAX LNG small-scale LNG facility is part of the Jacksonville Port Authority and is owned by BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, and Northstar Midstream.

LNG bunkering market to top US$400m by 2031

The LNG bunkering market is set to reach US$417.8 million by 2031, according to findings from consultancy Transparency Market Research (TMR). The TMR research suggests that the LNG Bunkering Market will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2022 to 2031, driven by ‘massive adoption’ in bulk and general cargo fleets as a result of stringent regulations on emissions. “The study authors observed that Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) are committed to promote LNG as a fuel of choice for new vessels, thereby boosting the LNG bunkering market outlook. Stridently, firms are collaborating with the GECF to comply with stricter environmental regulations in the coming years, which will spur the adoption of LNG bunkering fuels,” a spokesperson for TMR commented. The firm notes that Asia Pacific held a key share of the LNG bunkering market in 2021 as many Asian economies have grown their investments on LNG fuel supply businesses. Notably Japan, Singapore and India present opportunities and are expected to drive increases in the number of dedicated LNG bunkering facilities in the near term.

EGAS signs LNG bunkering project LOI

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) is reported to have signed a Letter of Intent with a consortium of international energy firms to develop a joint venture LNG bunkering project in Egypt. The consortium includes Shell International, Pyramid Navigation, Affinity and Eagle Gas Shipping and follows a memorandum of understanding signed by EGAS in July with Kanfer Shipping and Leth Suez Transit. Energy Minister Tarek El Molla said Egypt was taking concrete steps to cooperate with international companies to reduce carbon emissions and establish the country as a hub for LNG bunkering in the region.

Rotterdam LNG bunkering volumes decline in Q3

Authorities at the port of Rotterdam have reported a year-on-year fall in LNG bunkering volumes for the third quarter of 2022. LNG volumes were 113,701 cubic metres at Europe’s largest bunkering port, a decline of 46.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2021. For the year to October, LNG bunkering volumes were also down by 42.8 percent year-on-year, hitting just 289,002 cubic metres. Despite the fall in LNG bunkering, the port saw a huge increase in total LNG throughput, driven by the demand for alternative sources to Russian pipeline gas. The port saw total LNG throughput hit 8.62 million tonnes in the January to September period, compared to 4.96 million tonnes in the year before.