A surge in bunkering activity in 2018 is expected to mark the ‘tipping year’ for LNG as a fuel for ships, according to the Society Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF).
Estonian utility firm Eesti Gaas has announced plans to invest in a new LNG terminal or bunker ship to meet demand in the Baltic.
Authorities at the Port of Tallinn have applied a discount on tonnage fees for LNG-fuelled vessels calling at the port.
French banking group Societe Generale has become the first financial institution to join multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced plans to invest S$12 million to boost LNG bunkering at the Port of Singapore.
Singaporean LNG supplier Pavilion Gas has been awarded a contract by PSA Marine for the supply of LNG bunker fuel from 2019.
Authorities in South Korea have backed investment in LNG-fuelled newbuild vessels as part of a strategy to restore the country’s position in the global shipbuilding sector.
French energy firm Total has signed a strategic agreement with shipping line CMA CGM to provide LNG for its newest container ships.
Shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with cargo firm Jumbo to construct an LNG-powered heavy-lift vessel.
Marine transportation and fuel storage specialist Teekay Offshore has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG-fuelled tankers.
Scandinavian fuel supplier Skangas has signed an agreement with the UK’s National Grid for provision of LNG via the Isle of Grain import terminal.
Fuelling specialists LIQAL and Technical Services Group (TSG) have signed a partnership for the resale and servicing of LNG fuelling systems for road transport.
Cryogenic membrane containment developer GTT and technology group Wärtsilä have finalized a cooperation agreement to explore potential business opportunities in relation to LNG for the marine sector.
Maritime services firm KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course designed to teach crew and port staff best practice to conduct bunkering processes safely.
ABS to class Q-LNG Articulated Tug Barge
Standards society ABS has been selected by manufacturer Q-LNG, LLC, to classify an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. Construction of the vessel is due to start in early 2018 at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi. “We chose ABS as our class partner for this project because of their extensive understanding of LNG as fuel and LNG bunkering applications. This project will expand the LNG supply chain and play a critical role in the advancement of LNG as a marine fuel throughout the region and North America,” Chad Verret, President of Q-LNG, said. The proposed LNG bunker barge will feature 4,000 cubic meters LNG capacity and will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG. It will be chartered by Shell and operated by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine to supply LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the US.
Lloyd's Register to assist HHI to build LNG-fuelled vessels
Maritime services firm Lloyd's Register is to assist engineering firm Hyundai Heavy Industry in the construction of new LNG-fuelled vessels. Lloyd's Register will offer expertise in vessel design and build on an existing joint industry project agreement signed by HHI and LR along with Woodside, Anangel, GE. “We are pleased to help the shipyard bring these types of innovative designs to the market through the joint development project with HHI. We believe that HHI’s efforts can offer the possibility that will help owners comply with emission regulations with a reliable and competitive solution,” Jin-Tae Lee, Korea Chief Representative at LR, said. HHI subsidiary Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in South Korea recently completed a 50,000 DWT, LNG-fuelled bulk carrier for Japanese owners Ilshin Shipping, equipped with a high manganese steel LNG fuel tank, designed to withstand temperatures as low as -162°C.
Deltamarin, GTT publish LNG membrane tank study
Finnish ship designer Deltamarin together with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) have published a study on the use of membrane containment systems onbaord LNG-fuelled cargo and passenger vessels. ‘From a net percent value (NPV) point of view, the LNG membrane solution offers the highest value of all options over the ten-year period… when the desired range, autonomy or ship size increase, other tank technologies may become more viable for LNG fuel storage,’ a Deltamarin spokesperson said. The study’s authors calculate that a membrane solution is “clearly the most feasible LNG fuel tank solution” and that only approximately 60% of LNG capacity provided by membrane technology could be accommodated in the same space, when using an optimised bi-lobe C-type tank solution.