In this issue

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

European Union ministers have adopted a new declaration to expand LNG as a bunker fuel and support the reduction of greenhouse gases. 

Industry consortium Green Corridor has announced results from the first phase of a project to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax vessel. 

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and technical services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR) have signed a partnership agreement to design LNG-powered bulk carriers. 

Shipbuilder STX France has signed a memorandum of understanding with cruise line MSC Cruises for the construction of two new LNG-powered mega cruise ships. 

A group of 16 Greek maritime organisations have launched the Marine LNG Network, a partnership designed to create infrastructure for the “smooth and rapid integration” of LNG as a  marine fuel. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni is the latest organisation to join LNG fuelling focused industry coalition SEA\LNG. 

Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to supply 15 LNG-powered engines for Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten Nord. 

Standards agency DNV GL has launched a new LNG Fuel Finder service which allows shipowners and charterers to connect with LNG suppliers and register demand. 

Malaysian energy major Petronas has signed a memorandum of understanding with industry consortium Gas4Sea. 

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Japanese shipping conglomerate Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced plans to develop and build an LNG-fuelled tugboat. 

Energy provider Gaz Métro and the Montréal Port Authority have announced the opening of new LNG fuelling facilities at the Port of Montreal. 

Equipment manufacturer TMC Compressors has launched a boil-off gas compressor that can be used to supply LNG fuel for vessels. 

Technology developer Titan LNG has announced the first successful bunkering operations utilizing its T-piece technology to provide LNG refuelling at the port of Amsterdam. 

Cryoline hose technology for LNG transfer offers “a recalibration of thinking” around ship to shore fuelling and the opportunity for operators to significantly cut costs, according to developer Trelleborg. 

News Nudges

Gondán to deliver second LNG-fuelled tug

Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán is set to deliver its second LNG-fuelled escort tug to Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi. The RAstar 4000-DF class tugs is designed by Robert Allan and is due to be delivered in the first week of July once sea trials are completed. It will be deployed to Hammerfest in northern Norway to support Statoil’s terminal operations. A third LNG-fuelled escort tug is scheduled to be delivered in the second week of August.


MHI, MHPS develop Sox scrubber

Engineering firms Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS) have jointly developed a marine scrubber that they claim removes sulfur oxides (SOX) from inexpensive heavy fuel oil to a level equivalent to more expensive low-sulfur fuels such as LNG. One of the main competitive advantages of LNG as a fuel has been its low emissions profile which makes it more compabitle with future International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur content limits. “Deliveries of the scrubber are expected from 2020 and, in preparation, both companies will seek certification from selected countries while conducting extensive tests on ships,” a spokesperson for the partnership said.


Conrad announces LNG bunker barge losses

Shipbuilder and repairer Conrad Shipyard has reported a sharp impairment due to its LNG bunker barge. "The net loss for the nine-month period was primarily the result of a $12.5 million gross loss recorded on the LNG bunker barge… Although we have incurred losses on the LNG barge, we believe we have developed resources to position our company as a leader in LNG marine-related construction in North America,” Johnny Conrad, President and CEO of Conrad, said. The firm reported a total net loss of US$858,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to net income of US$7.2 million for the same period in 2015.