Spanish shipping line Baleària plans to invest €450 million in LNG-fuelled vessels and intelligent terminals as part of a strategic upgrade programme over the next five years.
Industry consortium SEA\LNG has added three new members to its coalition as part of its mission to “break down the barriers” to LNG uptake and establish LNG fuel as an economically viable alternative to fuel oil.
Fuelling specialist Evol LNG has completed the first commercial LNG bunkering operations in Western Australia’s north-west, having refuelled vessels at King Bay Supply Base and Fremantle Port.
Chinese equipment manufacturer CIMC Enric is to deliver two storage tanks for an ambitious LNG refuelling project in Zhoushan, eastern China.
LNG specialist Skangas has signed a contract with Finnish waste management company Stormossen to deliver LNG fuel to a biogas station in Vaasa.
A consortium of energy, shipping and mining companies has launched a joint study into the commercial feasibility of using LNG to fuel future Capesize bulk carriers.
Cryogenic equipment manufacturer ARTA is to progress plans for an LNG bunkering system in partnership with shipping firm MSC. The system follows over twelve months of research and analysis by ARTA and MSC subsidiary, MSC Cruises.
Power equipment manufacturer MAN is to deliver a marine LNG fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) and auxiliary equipment for an Italian ferry, currently under construction at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.
The German ports of Rostock and Brunsbüttel have completed first LNG fuelling operations for vessels as part of a strategy to develop both locations into bunkering hubs.
Engineering firm Houlder has signed a memorandum of understanding with LNG transfer specialist KLAW to collaborate on the development of new “hybrid” bunkering and fuel transmission solutions.
LNG fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) expects the LNG bunkering sector in India to present ‘significant opportunities’ for growth and has announced a new agreement with developer Hindustan LNG to build infrastructure in the East Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, India.
German maritime solutions firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in partnership with engineering support services firm Babcock has announced plans to construct a new design LNG bunkering vessel.
Authorities at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium have commissioned a second jetty at the port’s LNG terminal and berthed the first LNG carrier for commercial loading.
LNG fuelling specialist firm Axègaz has concluded two separate funding rounds totaling €8.5 million to support the firm’s growth. Most recently, global trading house Gunvor Group invested €1 million while French public sector institution Caisse des Dépôts and 123Venture invested €7.5 million at the end of 2016.
Coralius completes ship-to-ship LNG first
LNG bunker vessel Coralius has completed its ship-to-ship refuelling operation docking with the tanker Fure West. The operation took place in international waters at Northern Kattegat, in the middle of the sea between Frederikshavn, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden. “This is a key milestone in our history of developing the LNG availability. We are happy working together with our customer Furetank for this first of several upcoming ship-to-ship bunkerings,” Kimmo Rahkamo, CEO of Skangas, said. The receiving vessel, Fure West, measures 144 metres in length and operates mainly in the Baltic and Kattegat area.
Rosmorport Plans LNG Bunker Barge
Authorities at the Russian port of Rosmorport are reportedly considering construction of an LNG bunkering vessel to support marine traffic. The proposed bunkering vessel would have capacity of between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic meters, according to comments by Vladimir Shtrambrand, head of Rosmorport’s Fleet Construction and Development Department. Shtrambrand was speaking at the recent 2nd International Conference in Saint-Petersburg. The port is reported to be in negotiations with three undisclosed bunker supplying companies to operate the proposed bunker vessel.
Volvo backs LNG fuelled future
Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo has backed the use of LNG to power its future fleets, claiming that the fuel can deliver gains of as much as 25% in fuel efficiency. The firm expects that its FH and FM truck product lines will help drive LNG fuel uptake and is also investigating alternative gas fuels, including compressed natural gas and biogas.