In this issue

 

A group of 16 Greek maritime organisations have launched the Marine LNG Network, a partnership designed to create infrastructure for the “smooth and rapid integration” of LNG as a  marine fuel. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni is the latest organisation to join LNG fuelling focused industry coalition SEA\LNG. 

Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to supply 15 LNG-powered engines for Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten Nord. 

Standards agency DNV GL has launched a new LNG Fuel Finder service which allows shipowners and charterers to connect with LNG suppliers and register demand. 

Malaysian energy major Petronas has signed a memorandum of understanding with industry consortium Gas4Sea. 

Thursday, 01 June 2017

Japanese shipping conglomerate Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced plans to develop and build an LNG-fuelled tugboat. 

Energy provider Gaz Métro and the Montréal Port Authority have announced the opening of new LNG fuelling facilities at the Port of Montreal. 

Equipment manufacturer TMC Compressors has launched a boil-off gas compressor that can be used to supply LNG fuel for vessels. 

Technology developer Titan LNG has announced the first successful bunkering operations utilizing its T-piece technology to provide LNG refuelling at the port of Amsterdam. 

Cryoline hose technology for LNG transfer offers “a recalibration of thinking” around ship to shore fuelling and the opportunity for operators to significantly cut costs, according to developer Trelleborg. 

Energy major Total is to acquire Dutch vehicle fuelling specialist PitPoint, as part of a strategy to “significantly increase” its presence in the natural gas vehicle fuel sector. 

Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Industries has started final installation operations for the first phase of the Klaipeda LNG distribution hub in Lithuania and now expects the hub to be operational “by the end of the summer”. 

Spanish energy provider Molgas Energía has bunkered the first LNG at the port of Santander in northern Spain. 

Equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Marine has unveiled a new LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany. 

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.