Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku is to design and construct two next generation LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Miami-based operator Royal Caribbean Cruises.
LNG technology development consortium Project Forward is to partner with Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company Shell to investigate LNG bunkering for the supply of globally-trading bulk carriers, tankers and container vessels.
Singaporean LNG specialist Pavilion Energy is to partner with energy firm ExxonMobil to develop LNG bunkering projects in Singapore.
Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has partnered with Korea LNG Solution to develop and manufacture LNG bunkering equipment.
Designs by shipbuilder Vard Engineering Brevik for a new 6,500 cubic metre capacity bunker vessel have received Approval in Principle (AiP) from standards agency DNV GL.
Finnish state-owned shipping firm Arctia Oy has launched the world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker, the IB Polaris.
LNG solutions provider Titan LNG has introduced a new LNG bunkering pontoon, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler, designed to supply both inland waterway vessels and larger sea-going vessels.
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with energy firm Shell to supply fuel for two next-generation cruise ships and is to expand its fleet with the addition of three new LNG-fuelled vessels.
A consortium of industrial firms that includes French electric utility Engie, Japanese technology firm Mitsubishi Corporation and shipping group NYK Line has launched Gas4Sea to promote LNG bunkering and LNG use as a marine fuel.
Authorities at the Indian port of Kolkata are to develop LNG bunkering facilities at the port’s Haldia Dock Complex.
Authorities in Cyprus have announced their support for further LNG fuelling infrastructure on the island to develop LNG as the “fuel of the future”.
Spanish multinational oil and gas company Cepsa is to develop a multi-product LNG bunkering barge to supply fuel for ships throughout Europe.
International certification agency Bureau Veritas is to class the first container vesselas LNG fuelled, following a fuel conversion process on its engines.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä is to provide LNG-fuelled engines and ancillary equipment for four newbuild Swedish tankers.
Cochin Eyes role as LNG bunker hub
The port of Cochin in India is reportedly set to develop its role as a global bunker destination, according to discussion held at the International Bunkering Conference. Authorites at the Cochin Port Trust and the Indian Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax department discussed challenges in “bunker sales and bunkering business” in India and hailed the Cochin Port model for its promotion of LNG bunkering trade. The Port Trust also called for further facilitation of floating bunker storage. Located on the Laccadive Sea, Cochin Port is a major Indian Ocean port and one of the largest ports in India.
Engie, AES sign LNG joint venture
Fuel specialists ENGIE AND AES have entered a joint venture to market and sell LNG to third parties in Central America. The venture operate via the Costa Norte LNG terminal in Colón, Panama. The terminal is currently under construction and is jointly owned by AES and Inversiones Bahía. It will have capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum. ‘This joint venture further strengthens the joint marketing agreement signed by Engie and AES late last year, whereby both groups agreed to jointly market LNG in the Caribbean, from AES’ Andres regasification facility in the Dominican Republic,’ Engie said in a statement.