Russian shipping firm Sovcomflot has signed an agreement with state oil firm Rosneft to operate five newbuild LNG-fuelled tankers.
Standards agency Lloyd’s Register has approved designs by Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo for an LNG vessel cargo handling system.
Swedish coupling manufacturer and supplier MannTek has announced a lighter and safer LNG bunkering system, that promises to reduce weight by up to 50%.
The use of LNG as a fuel for shipping is set to grow as natural gas becomes the world’s primary energy source by 2035, according to standards agency DNV GL.
Terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta has commenced operations at its LNG distribution station at the port of Klaipėda in Lithuania.
Russian energy major Gazprom has signed a framework agreement with Japanese multinational Mitsui & Co to collaborate on LNG bunkering in the Sea of Japan.
LNG bunker vessel Coralius has completed its maiden voyage docking at a Skangas terminal in Øra, Fredrikstad in Norway.
LNG equipment developer LIQAL has developed a skid-mounted LNG refuelling station that allows operators to create relocatable LNG resources.
Fuel-gas-system manufacturer MAN Cryo has signed a contract with infrastructure firm Swedegas to deliver an LNG bunkering facility at the Port of Gothenburg.
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply various cargo systems for a new LNG bunker barge to be chartered by Shell Western LNG.
Finland’s Meyer shipyard has begun construction of Costa Cruises’ first Finland’s Meyer shipyard has begun construction of Costa Cruises’ first LNG-fuelled cruise ship the Costa Smeralda.
Fuel supplier Flogas Britain and port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) have collaborated to complete the first LNG bunkering operations at a UK port, refuelling the cement carrier, Ireland.
French fuelling specialist Elengy has announced an increase in capacity at its Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal to accomodate 18 LNG trucks loading per day.
LNG equipment manufacturer Cryostar has tested and commissioned two new fuel compressor systems LNG equipment manufacturer Cryostar has tested and commissioned two new fuel compressor systems onboard the Audace, the world’s first low-pressure gas-injection LNG carrier.
Suardiaz receives multi-fuel Bunker Breeze
Shipping line Suardiaz Energy Shipping has taken delivery of its new multi-fuel bunker vessel, Bunker Breeze, from Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao. The 5,250-deadweight-tonne vessel features capacity for LNG bunker fuel via four cylindrical, deck-mounted, pressure vessel tanks, each of 300 cubic metres capcity. The vessel can also store up to 4,000 cubic metres of fuel oil and 1,000 cubic meters of marine diesel oil via 10 underdeck tanks. Development of the Bunker Breeze was supported financially by the European Union-backed Core LNGas hive initiative, which encourages distribution infrastructure development to allow the use of LNG as a transport fuel, especially for ships, on the Iberian Peninsula.
Singapore to strengthen role as LNG hub
Russian energy firm Novatek Authorities in Singapore have outlined plans to ensure it retains its regional crown as LNG bunkering hub moving forward. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is currently co-funding the construction of eight LNG-fuelled vessels that will serve in local waters and 15 truck-to-ship (TTS) LNG bunkering operations have so far been carried out. A working group, comprising the MPA and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, is currently assessing the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker registers ISO 20519
New specifications for bunkering of LNG-fuelled vessels have been registered by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker in Russia. “Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has translated and adapted international standard ISO 20519, Ships and marine technology – Specification for bunkering of liquefied natural gas fuelled vessels, adopted in 2017. This document has been listed on the Federal Register of Standards Applicable in the Russian Federation, Registration No 1175/ISO dated 29.08.2018” Elena Kapysh of Gazpromneft stated. The new document covers support for the IMO International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) and sets requirements which are not covered by IGF and IGC Codes. “In particular it contains requirements to fuel transfer systems, operational procedures, training of personnel as well as reporting and documentation. The new standard specifies basic requirements to ships supplying/accepting bunker, to LNG bunkering procedure to be approved by port authorities basing on HAZID and HAZOP analysis of the LNG bunkering operation,” Kapysh added.
DNV GL launches Alternative Fuels Insight platform
Standards agency DNV GL is launching a new Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform offering a comprehensive and continually updated overview of LNG and alternative fuel projects, bunkering infrastructure, suppliers, and technologies. “Initial focus is on LNG bunkering infrastructure and uptake of LNG, scrubbers and batteries on ships, but other fuels are also covered to some extent. The platform consolidates a wealth of detailed technical information on these fuels and technologies, and both content and features will be further improved and expanded over time,” Martin Christian Wold, Senior Consultant at DNV GL, commented. Most of the information in the AFI platform will be free to access.
Yanmar supplies LNG tug engines
Japanese engine manufacturer Yanmar has delivered two engines to Kanagawa Dockyard for installation on the first LNG-fuelled tug constructed in Japan based on the IGF Code. The 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines will be installed on a tug, under construction for Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), which will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat. The tug is scheduled scheduled for completion in February 2019 and to begin operation commercially in April 2019.