In this issue

 

The first port-to-ship bunkering of LNG in Southeast Asia has been demonstrated by authorities in Singapore at the port of Jurong Port on the south of the island. 

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has introduced a new standard governing the bunkering of LNG. 

Technology developer Titan LNG has signed a two year bunkering contract with Amulet Management & Services (AMS) to supply LNG fuel for two vessels. 

Bunker specialist Barents NaturGass has opened Norway's largest LNG bunkering facility, at Polarbase in Hammerfest. 

Nordic LNG supplier Skangas has been awarded a contract by the Finnish government to deliver LNG fuel for two vessels until 2019. 

Fuel solutions provider Høglund has been awarded a contract to supply automation systems for an LNG bunker vessel operated by Bernhard Schulte along with two chemical tankers for Sirius Shipping. 

Authorities in Singapore have launched the nation’s first LNG truck bunkering facility at a terminal on Jurong Island. 

LNG fuelling specialists Torgy LNG and LNG Supply BV have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop two small self-propelled LNG Bunker vessels. 

Belgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys has announced the completion of the first LNG bunkering operations with its new bunker vessel Engie Zeebrugge. 

Authorities in Slovenia are examining plans to develop LNG bunkering capabilities at the Port of Koper. 

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has received approval from  classification agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for an IMO Type B LNG fuel tank design. 

Energy major Shell has released details of its latest LNG bunker vessel design, featuring a specialised loading arm to provide safer bunkering for a wider range of ships. 

Authorities in India have announced plans to develop an LNG bunker station at Dharamtar Creek near Mumbai. 

The use of LNG as a transport fuel is expected to play a ‘significant role’ in the marine sector and improve air quality levels worldwide, according to research by the International Gas Union (IGU). 

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.