In this issue

 

Record demand for LNG from shipping lines may be set to make it “the marine fuel of the 21st Century”, according to the latest research by consultancy Drewry Maritime. 

Belgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys has started operations at the port of Antwerp to deliver LNG fuel for ships and barges. 

Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi has taken delivery of the first of six new LNG-fuelled tankers, Fure Vinga. 

LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has loaded the first LNG fuel at its Eagle LNG Partners liquefaction facility near Jacksonville, Florida. 

Shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has held a naming ceremony for the first dual-fuel LNG tug in South East Asia. 

LNG technology development consortium Forward Maritime Group has signed a Letter of Intent for 20 LNG-fuelled bulker vessels. 

Authorities at the port of Rotterdam are reportedly planning the first ship-to-ship LNG refuelling operation at the port for June. 

Automotive manufacturer Volvo has launched its new LNG-fuelled heavy-duty truck in Finland and carried out the first refuelling operations in Turku on the southwest coast of the country. 

Shipping association the Baltic and International Maritime Council has adopted new standard Bunker Terms that are expected to boost harmonisation across the shipping industry. 

Advanced infrastructure for drydocking and modification work in Singapore is set to boost the island-state’s role as a regional LNG hub, according to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 

Russian oil major Gazprom Neft has announced plans to construct the country's first LNG bunker barge by 2020. 

Shipping line Sinanju Tankers has placed an order for Singapore’s first LNG-fuelled bunker tanker. 

Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Ferrox has been awarded a contract to develop Croatia’s first LNG vehicle fuelling station. 

A consortium of Japanese industrial firms has committed to a joint study on ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in Tokyo Bay. 

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.