In this issue

 

A new market study by standards agency DNV GL forecasts a “huge potential” for LNG as a marine fuel in the Iberian Peninsula. 

Energy firms ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on the development of LNG as a marine fuel. 

Authorities in India have published new guidelines for the operation of LNG-fuelled vessels in the country’s waters. 

LNG equipment developer LIQAL has obtained a patent for a new design of LNG dispenser that promises to improve the refuelling process for LNG-powered vehicles. 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has welcomed the ports of Ningbo-Zhousan, Marseille Fos and Vancouver as the newest members to its LNG Bunkering Port Focus Group. 

Industry coalition SEA\LNG has added Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) as its latest member, representing the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki. 

Gas infrastructure specialist Pitpoint.LNG is to build a new LNG bunkering station in the harbor of Cologne port, Germany. 

Energy firms Shell and Qatar Petroleum have formed a joint venture partnership focused on the development of LNG marine fuelling infrastructure. 

Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply LNG-fuelled engines and supply systems for four Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply LNG-fuelled engines and supply systems for four next-generation tankers ordered by Swedish shipping line Erik Thun.

Norwegian firm Knutsen OAS Shipping has selected MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply four dual-fuel engines for the construction of two newbuild LNG tankers.

Authorities at the Port of Helsinki have published guidelines for the bunkering of LNG, designed to promote the safe use of the fuel.

Logistics service provider Vos Logistics has announced the expansion of its LNG-fuelled fleet with the addition of two new LNG Ecocombi trucks. The vehicles will operate in the Benelux region on behalf of partner Pipelife, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of plastic piping and fittings, and will be the first Ecocombi design trucks to be powered by LNG, boosting the scope off the fuel.

Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has awarded tanker owner and operator AET a long-term contract to operate two LNG-fuelled offshore loading shuttle tankers (OLST).

Bunker specialist Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first small-scale LNG gas-up/cool-down and reload at its terminal on Jurong Island. 

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.