LNG fuelling specialist Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P) expects the LNG bunkering sector in India to present ‘significant opportunities’ for growth and has announced a new agreement with developer Hindustan LNG to build infrastructure in the East Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, India.
German maritime solutions firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in partnership with engineering support services firm Babcock has announced plans to construct a new design LNG bunkering vessel.
Authorities at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium have commissioned a second jetty at the port’s LNG terminal and berthed the first LNG carrier for commercial loading.
LNG fuelling specialist firm Axègaz has concluded two separate funding rounds totaling €8.5 million to support the firm’s growth. Most recently, global trading house Gunvor Group invested €1 million while French public sector institution Caisse des Dépôts and 123Venture invested €7.5 million at the end of 2016.
Hong Kong-based investment holding company China LNG has signed a letter of intent with Chu Kong Shipping to cooperate in the construction of LNG refueling docks, LNG refueling stations and LNG storage facilities in the Pearl River Delta, China.
Engineering and technology group Sener is to present a new design LNG bunkering vessel later this month that promises to deliver bunkering capacity of 8,000 cubic metres.
Shipping firm BC Ferries has taken delivery of its new LNG-fuelled vessel Salish Orca in British Columbia, Canada.
Shipping line Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) has awarded a contract to engineering firm Wallace Stone for design and development work to support its newbuild LNG-powered ferry, Skye Triangle.
Power engineering firm Dresser-Rand has commissioned its first micro-scale LNGo production solution, paving the way for wider uptake of LNG-fuelled vehicles in “rough terrain or remote regions”.
The Japanese government has set a date of 2020 to launch ship-to-ship LNG bunkering as part of a three phase plan to strengthen LNG fuelling infrastructure in the country.
Norwegian terminal operator Skangas has completed the first bunkering operations for the LNG-fuelled fast ferry M/S Megastar at its newly opened Skangas Pori LNG terminal in Finland.
LNG specialist Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has delivered the first LNG fuel for bunkering operations at the port of Arkhangelsk as part of its agreement with port operator FSUE Rosmorport.
Standards agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published new guidelines for LNG bunkering which outline requirements for the “design, construction, and survey” of LNG-fuelled carriers and barges.
European energy trading house RWE Supply & Trading is to partner with authorities at the German port of Duisburg to implement a joint project focused on developing LNG fuelling infrastructure at the port.
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.