The first LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Gothenburg has been completed successfully, with the tanker Ternsund refuelling near the island of Fotö at the entrance to the port.
Software developer Kongsberg Digital is to develop a simulator tool for ship operators to train staff on the use of LNG as a fuel.
U.S. shipping company Matson has signed a contract with General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new dual-fuel LNG-ready cargo vessels for its Hawaii fleet.
Shipping and energy standards agency DNV GL is to undertake a new market study into the European LNG market, as part of EU efforts to develop a continent-wide network of LNG refuelling nodes.
The European Commission has published new projections for fuel consumption that predict LNG fuelling is set to account for 10% of international maritime bunkering by 2050.
Energy firm Shell has signed an agreement with the government of Gibraltar to construct a small-scale regasification unit in Gibraltar to supply LNG fuel to a nearby power station.
LNG fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) has announced a “major investment” in Korean engineering and design firm Gas Entec.
Japanese technology developer Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has developed a prototype expandable LNG tank for storing fuel aboard maritime vessels and plans to launch the product commercially.
Chinese developer Shenzhen Biaodian Investment is backing growth in the LNG fuelling sector with the addition of 11 newbuild LNG bunkering barges.
Shipping lines Navigator Gas and Crowley Maritime have both launched new LNG-ready vessels, preparing the way for wider use of the fuel within their fleets.
Engine developer MTU has completed 3,000 hours of bench tests for a new gas marine engine design, that is expected to help power LNG-fuelled vessels from 2017.
The first sea-going vessel to bunker LNG at the port of Rotterdam has offloaded cargo at Vopak in the Botlek before moving to the Willem Alexanderhaven terminal for refuelling.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has approved plans for a proposed LNG fuelling station in the port of Tacoma.
Authorities at the port of Ulsan in South Korea are to develop LNG bunkering capabilities in partnership with a number of organisations in a bid to create the country’s first LNG fuelling hub.
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.