In this issue

 

The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has received approval and investment for its Green InfraPort project which includes development of scrubber waste reception facilities alongside LNG bunkering infrastructure at Baltic ports.

Russian energy major Gazprom has signed a framework agreement with Belgium-based natural gas transmission system operator Fluxys to develop small-scale LNG projects with a view to increasing LNG fuelling opportunities in Europe.

Thursday, 07 April 2016

Authorities in Gibraltar have invited proposals for the design and construction of a LNG fuel storage facility on the island.

Norwegian LNG supplier Skangas has signed a deal with one of its owners to acquire the new Risavika LNG bunkering and production facility at the Port of Risavika in Norway.

Two companies have agreed to develop the proposed Port Arthur LNG export facility with truck and marine loading areas in Port Arthur, Texas.

China Classification Society (CCS) recently published the specifications for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk, and mentioned on-going work on LNG-fuelled ship policy.

Finnish logistics services provider Containerships and its partners have applied for EU funding to create an LNG-fuelled merchant vessel fleet to operate between Finland, the UK and the Netherlands.

The study, “Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Bunkering, Operations in the Marine Sector: A Total Fuel Cycle Approach” was published in the US government’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) news release on 26 February.

Three Dutch companies – Greenpoint Fuels, Rolande and Van Den Broek Oil – have officially inaugurated their new tank truck plant in Veghel on March 8.

American highway contractor service providers Matheson Trucking has added 12 LNG and 25 new CNG tractors to its fleet as part of a company-wide clean energy expansion programme.

AIDA Cruises, a German cruise line that is British-American owned and based in Germany, has taken delivery of the first of two large cruise ships.

The Wärtsilä plant will be installed at an existing paper mill in Skogn, Norway to convert paper mill slurry and fishery waste into cryogenic liquid biogas.

The European Commission in February granted €16.5 million in funding to 42 partners on a project to develop the maritime LNG fuel supply chain on the Spanish Coast.

Gazprom Germania, a subsidiary of Russian producer Gazprom Group with gas trading and storage operations conducted the first test LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Rostock in Germany on 27 February.

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.