The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an amendment to its forthcoming 0.5% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil, designed to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil.
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the construction of a new LNG-fuelled ferry for its Tallinn-Helsinki route.
Finnish energy group Gasum has acquired partner Lyse Group’s share in LNG joint venture Skangas, increasing its shareholding to 100%.
Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania has introduced the world’s first LNG-fuelled long-distance coach.
Gibraltese shipyard Gibdock is to retrofit the vessel Napoles to run on LNG fuel on behalf of ferry line Baleària.
Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten has contracted engineering group Rolls-Royce to supply power and propulsion systems for four newbuild LNG-fuelled Ro-Pax vessels currently under construction.
Standards agency DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have signed a joint development project agreement to develop a new LNG-fuelled ultra large container vessel (ULCV).
LNG development consortium the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) has concluded work to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax for transport of iron ore and coal from Australia to China.
Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy has ordered China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel.
Russian state-run shipping company Sovcomflot has completed the maiden voyage of its LNG-fuelled crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect.
The European Union has announced it will invest €2.9 million in the expansion of the LNG filling station network in Finland by national energy firm Gasum.
Tanker operator AET has received two LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers from shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.
Bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping has received the LNG-fuelled vessel Viikki from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China.
LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has christened its new Commitment Class vessel El Coquí, marking the first combination container/roll-on, roll-off ship to be powered by the fuel.
Suardiaz receives multi-fuel Bunker Breeze
Shipping line Suardiaz Energy Shipping has taken delivery of its new multi-fuel bunker vessel, Bunker Breeze, from Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao. The 5,250-deadweight-tonne vessel features capacity for LNG bunker fuel via four cylindrical, deck-mounted, pressure vessel tanks, each of 300 cubic metres capcity. The vessel can also store up to 4,000 cubic metres of fuel oil and 1,000 cubic meters of marine diesel oil via 10 underdeck tanks. Development of the Bunker Breeze was supported financially by the European Union-backed Core LNGas hive initiative, which encourages distribution infrastructure development to allow the use of LNG as a transport fuel, especially for ships, on the Iberian Peninsula.
Singapore to strengthen role as LNG hub
Russian energy firm Novatek Authorities in Singapore have outlined plans to ensure it retains its regional crown as LNG bunkering hub moving forward. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is currently co-funding the construction of eight LNG-fuelled vessels that will serve in local waters and 15 truck-to-ship (TTS) LNG bunkering operations have so far been carried out. A working group, comprising the MPA and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, is currently assessing the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker registers ISO 20519
New specifications for bunkering of LNG-fuelled vessels have been registered by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker in Russia. “Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has translated and adapted international standard ISO 20519, Ships and marine technology – Specification for bunkering of liquefied natural gas fuelled vessels, adopted in 2017. This document has been listed on the Federal Register of Standards Applicable in the Russian Federation, Registration No 1175/ISO dated 29.08.2018” Elena Kapysh of Gazpromneft stated. The new document covers support for the IMO International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) and sets requirements which are not covered by IGF and IGC Codes. “In particular it contains requirements to fuel transfer systems, operational procedures, training of personnel as well as reporting and documentation. The new standard specifies basic requirements to ships supplying/accepting bunker, to LNG bunkering procedure to be approved by port authorities basing on HAZID and HAZOP analysis of the LNG bunkering operation,” Kapysh added.
DNV GL launches Alternative Fuels Insight platform
Standards agency DNV GL is launching a new Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform offering a comprehensive and continually updated overview of LNG and alternative fuel projects, bunkering infrastructure, suppliers, and technologies. “Initial focus is on LNG bunkering infrastructure and uptake of LNG, scrubbers and batteries on ships, but other fuels are also covered to some extent. The platform consolidates a wealth of detailed technical information on these fuels and technologies, and both content and features will be further improved and expanded over time,” Martin Christian Wold, Senior Consultant at DNV GL, commented. Most of the information in the AFI platform will be free to access.
Yanmar supplies LNG tug engines
Japanese engine manufacturer Yanmar has delivered two engines to Kanagawa Dockyard for installation on the first LNG-fuelled tug constructed in Japan based on the IGF Code. The 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines will be installed on a tug, under construction for Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), which will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat. The tug is scheduled scheduled for completion in February 2019 and to begin operation commercially in April 2019.