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LNG specialist Skangas is set to receive its newbuild LNG bunker vessel - Coralius - in June from shipyard Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands. 

Cross-sector industry partnership SEA\LNG has announced the addition of three new members to its coalition with the membership of JAX LNG, Petronet LNG and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC). 

Multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). 

Global logistics firm United Parcel Service (UPS) has announced plans to add 50 LNG-fuelled vehicles to its fleet, an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations and 390 new CNG vehicles. 

Dutch engineering specialist Van Oord has ordered its first LNG-fuelled crane vessel, Werkendam

Marine solutions and energy services firm Crowley Maritime has broken ground on its new shore-side LNG bunker station at Jaxport Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville. 

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Energy firm Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a trio of LNG specialists to jointly develop a protocol for LNG bunkering in South Korea. 

Korean firm Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has reportedly signed a shipbuilding contract valued at US$240 million with Russian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF) group for the construction of four ice-class, LNG-powered tankers. 

Design concepts by Algoship Designers for the LNG-fuelled Seatransporter-DF vessel have received Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification and technical services agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 

Engineering conglomerate GE and Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy have signed a partnership agreement to develop the use of LNG as a fuel in Western Australia. 

Belgian marine engineering group DEME has placed an order with Dutch shipyard Royal IHC for the world’s first LNG-fuelled Cutter Suction Dredger – Spartacus

The Croatian government has received  €102 million in funding from the European union to build an LNG terminal on the Adriatic island of Krk. 

French energy firm Fosmax LNG has issued a call for expressions of interest to develop further LNG fuelling infrastructure around its existing Fos Cavaou terminal near Marseille. 

Global bunker fuel cost may rise by as much as US$60 billion per year from 2020, according to research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie. 

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.