In this issue

 

Energy firms Total and Pavilion Energy have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) to jointly develop LNG bunker infrastructure at the port of Singapore. 

Swedish engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply propulsion systems for the world’s first LNG-fuelled fishing trawler. 

A consortium of Japanese shipping and engineering companies has announced that the first LNG bunkering vessel in the country is expected to start operation in 2020. 

Supermarket group Lidl has announced plans to move its logistics operations in Switzerland from diesel to LNG fuel. 

The Gothenburg Port Authority has renewed and extended its tariff discounts for LNG, incentivising uptake of the fuel for operators at the port. 

Rising demand for LNG at the port of Gothenburg is set to drive diversification of supply as specialist Swedegas has announced a supply deal with Norwegian gas supplier Barents NaturGass for new LNG bunkering infrastructure at the port. 

Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has introduced a new Y-piece LNG bunker connector, designed to reduce truck-to-ship bunkering time by half. 

A consortium of Indian energy companies has committed to introduce almost 20 LNG fuelling stations in the country by next year to support heavy-goods transport growth. 

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Standards agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has classed the newly converted LNG-fuelled ferry, Spirit of British Columbia. 

Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has signed a memorandum of understanding with cruise line Carnival Corporation for the construction of two next-generation LNG-fuelled cruise ships. 

Norwegian LNG specialist Skangas and shipping line Furetank have completed the first refuelling operations for the dual-fuel vessel Fure Vinga using Liquefied Biogas (LBG). 

Natural gas specialist Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has announced plans to improve its LNG bunkering capacity via a series of partnerships with global bunkering firms. 

The government of South Korea plans to introduce new legislation to ‘revitalise’ LNG-related shipbuilding in the country. 

Shipping line Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have completed concept designs for a new LNG-fuelled bulk carrier. 

News Nudges

LIQAL to build Remitrans LNG station

Australia’s largest independent LNG equipment developer LIQAL is to build a new LNG refuelling station for the Belgian transport company Remitrans. “We are sure that LNG is the alternative for diesel in heavy duty and long haul transportation... Remitrans has selected our recently introduced prefab refuelling station, whereby the time to market can be reduced by a few months. Great for the turnaround time of the project and for the wallet of our customers,” Joost Jansen, Business Development Manager at LIQAL, said. Headquartered in Breda in the Netherlands, LIQAL acts as a Design, Build, Maintain and Operate (DBMO) company for turnkey small- and mid-scale LNG systems that serve the European market. The firm also develops a wide range of alternative fuel technologies alongside LNG dispensers including liquefaction systems, satellite plants and H2 fuelling.


Burrup Peninsula LNG terminal approved

An LNG truck-loading terminal in the Burrup Peninsula, Australia has received preliminary planning approval. The proposed terminal would be supplied by LNG piped directly from Woodside’s Pluto gas plant and feature capacity for up to three trucks simultaneously. It has been granted planning approval by the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel however it now faces opposition over concerns about its impact on the area’s Aboriginal rock art.


APD backs Bahamas LNG

Arawak Port Development, the operator of Nassau Container Port (NCP) and its partners have pledged to "ramp up" LNG bunkering in the Bahamas. The chief executive of APD, Michael Maura, called for the Bahamas to "get out ahead" of rival Caribbean ports with regard to use of the fuel, calling it "a win-win-win" opportunity. The news follows Shell’s confirmation as the winning bidder for the Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) generation contract with APD and its fuel supplier partner, New Fortress Energy.


AET signs charter with Shell

Tanker firm AET has signed a long-term charter for two newbuild LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers with Shell International Trading. The two 113,000 deadweight-tonne vessels are currently under construction by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea and are due for delivery in the third quarter. AET expects the deal to “cement” its position in the LNG dual-fuel market, following a deal last year to build and operate two LNG dual-fuelled DP2 Offshore Loading Shuttle Tankers for service in oilfields in the North Sea.


Jamaica launches first LNG-fuelled vehicles

Gas distributor IGL has introduced the first LNG-powered vehicles to Jamaica with the addition of three tractor heads at Devon House in St. Andrew. “Jamaica’s National 2030 Development Plan recommends that, as a country, we create prosperity through the sustainable use and management of our natural resources… LNG gas-fired power is more competitive when long-term costs associated with climate change and the impact of air pollution, both on people and the environment, are included,” IGL General Manager, Wayne Kirkpatrick said. Fuel for the new vehicles will be supplied by developer New Fortress Energy which is also converting Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) Bogue plant in St James from diesel fuel to LNG. “I want to congratulate IGL…. I truly appreciate the move, or any initiative that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint,” Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Andrew Wheatley, said.


Bernhard Schulte pans scrubber technology

Transport group Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has ruled out using scrubber technology to meet upcoming International Maritime Organization's global sulphur caps, favouring the outlook for LNG fuelling infrastructure instead.he firm expects LNG-fuelled tanks to be a 'very good option' for newbuilds and predicts that the retrofitting of scrubber technology on smaller ships will be mostly unviable. "For the existing fleet of the Schulte Group we are looking at all the options on a case-by-case basis… Most of the time the decision will be to go for 0.5%-sulphur compliant fuel. A lot of the ships are relatively small; fitting scrubber technology is not really viable in our view,” Angus Campbell, corporate director of energy projects at Bernhard Schulte, said.


Vancouver LNG bunker price hits two-year low

The spot price for LNG bunker fuel in Vancouver has hit its lowest level in almost two years. Authorities reported that LNG-380E fell to US$240 per metric tonne, the lowest since US$218.5/MT reported in February 2016. The LNG-380E price measures the amount of LNG required to deliver the energy equivelant of one metric tonne of IFO380 bunker fuel.