In this issue

 

Power engineering firm Dresser-Rand has commissioned its first micro-scale LNGo production solution, paving the way for wider uptake of LNG-fuelled vehicles in “rough terrain or remote regions”. 

The Japanese government has set a date of 2020  to launch ship-to-ship LNG bunkering as part of a three phase plan to strengthen LNG fuelling infrastructure in the country.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Norwegian terminal operator Skangas has completed the first bunkering operations for the LNG-fuelled fast ferry M/S Megastar at its newly opened Skangas Pori LNG terminal in Finland.

LNG specialist Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has delivered the first LNG fuel for bunkering operations at the port of Arkhangelsk as part of its agreement with port operator FSUE Rosmorport.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Standards agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published new guidelines for LNG bunkering which outline requirements for the “design, construction, and survey” of LNG-fuelled carriers and barges.

European energy trading house RWE Supply & Trading is to partner with authorities at the German port of Duisburg to implement a joint project focused on developing LNG fuelling infrastructure at the port.

Singapore’s port authority has issued bunker survey licences for 51 companies to operate in the Port of Singapore.

Fuelling specialist and developer LNG Gorskaya has signed an agreement to develop LNG bunkering infrastructure for cruise ships and ferries at Russia's new Marine Façade passenger port in St. Petersburg.

Norwegian LNG developer Dreifa Energy has signed an operational partner agreement with German maritime solutions firm  Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to collaborate on  floating LNG regasification solutions.

Bunkering specialist Bomin Linde LNG has completed fuelling operations for Australia’s first LNG-fuelled ferry, the Searoad Mersey II, at its fabrication site in Odense, Denmark.

Shipping firm Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) has launched a new LNG-fuelled ferry and completed first bunkering operations at its SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

Fuelling specialist and developer LNG Gorskaya is to build an LNG bunker station in the port of Mõntu, in western Estonia.

South Korean utility Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) is to invest US$9 million to develop LNG bunkering infrastructure at Tongyeong, in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.

Energy investment company Risco Energy Group has signed a joint venture agreement with fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) to develop small to mid-scale LNG terminals and supply chains across the Indonesian Archipelago.

News Nudges

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.