In this issue

 

Thursday, 03 November 2016

Industry consortium SEA\LNG has appointed a board of directors to help develop its strategy to support LNG as a marine fuel.

The Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) has awarded licences to energy firm Shell and Singaporean LNG operator Pavilion Gas to import LNG to Singapore.

Certification body ClassNK has issued approval in principle (AIP) for a new design of LNG bunkering vessel proposed by Korean shipbuilding firm Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC).

LNG fuel specialists Bomin Linde and Klaipėdos Nafta have signed a time-charter contract for the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel with ship owner Bernhard Schulte.

A global network of port and maritime associations, focused on harmonising LNG bunkering standards, has expanded its membership to include four new bodies.

LNG fuelling specialist GAC Bunker Fuels (GBFL) has formed a strategic alliance with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to develop LNG bunkering services in North America.

Infrastructure developer JAX LNG has signed the concluding engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new LNG bunker facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Cargo trading and bunker fuels supply firm The Bomin Group has sold its shareholding in Bomin Linde LNG to joint venture partner Linde.

Final sea trials and tests are underway in Germany for the first LNG-fuelled pure dry cargo ship, Searoad Mersey II.

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed LNG supply contracts that will pave the way for a new LNG-driven fast ferry to serve a route between Helsinki and Tallinn next year.

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.

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.