Innovative approaches to the development of small- to mid-scale fuelling infrastructure is vital for LNG to become the fuel of choice in future, Derek Thomas, head of advanced research at AG&P told LNG Fuelling.
The PERFECt fuel consortium has moved into its second phase of development exploring the use of combined gas and steam turbine (cogas) systems for container vessels and expects to deliver detailed results by mid-2017.
LNG equipment manufacturer Cryostar has announced the provision of a complete LNG solution for two fuelling station in France operated by industrial gas supplier Air Liquide.
Shipping firm Pasha Hawaii is to expand its fleet with two newbuild LNG-fuelled vessels.
French energy firm Engie is to partner with Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä to develop a variety of solutions for LNG fuelling and distribution.
Authorities at the Port of Barcelona have announced plans to boost the use of LNG as a transport fuel at the port.
The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has joined the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) to promote the use of LNG for shipping via the territory.
Government support for new LNG infrastructure in India is driving foreign investment interest in LNG fuelling projects, with ‘great potential’ for growth according to Malaysian state-owned energy firm Petroliam Nasional (Petronas).
The Indian state of Kerala has launched the first LNG-fuelled bus to operate in the country as part of a joint project by state energy firms Petronet LNG, Indian Oil Corporation and global automotive group Tata Motors.
Standards agency DNV GL has launched a new tool designed to calculate PKI methane number for LNG-fuelled vessels and help drive uptake of the fuel.
Czech cryogenic storage specialist Chart Ferox has opened its second LNG fueling station in Finland.
Contractor Matrix Service is to build a two million gallon LNG tank for the JAX LNG Bunker Facility, near the Port of Jacksonville.
U.S. shipbuilder and marine engineering firm Conrad Industries has announced a loss of US$12.5 million on an LNG bunker barge project at its Louisiana facilities.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set the date of 1 January 2020 to implement a global cap on sulphur emissions from shipping. The ruling is widely expected to boost investment and uptake for LNG as a fuel.
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.