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The world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker vessel, Polaris, has completed bunkering operations in Finland, ahead of planned operation in the Arctic. 
Infrastructure provider BUA Group is to utilise LNG fuel to power a new cement production facility under construction in Nigeria. 
Joint venture bunker specialist FueLNG has completed its 100th LNG bunkering operation in Singpaore, setting “a new industry milestone” for the island state. 
Free ReadSingapore state-owned developer Pavilion Energy has chartered its first LNG bunker vessel for the supply of LNG in the Port of Singapore.  The vessel is the largest LNG bunker vessel…
The global LNG-fuelled fleet is set to double by 2022, as demand for bunker fuel grows ‘significantly’, according to research by The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). 
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The board of directors of Russian national energy firm Gazprom has backed plans to support new LNG bunkering investment in line with expected growth in LNG consumption. 
LNG bunker vessel Coral Methane has completed its first ship-to-ship refuelling operation, in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 
Free ReadFollowing a tipping point for LNG as a marine fuel last year, industry demand is expected to increase sharply in 2019, according to multi-sector coalition SEA\LNG.  In an outlook statement SEA\LNG…
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Spanish fuel specialist HAM Group has opened the first LNG fuelling station in Extremadura, in western Spain. 
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LNG equipment developer LIQAL has secured a contract for turnkey realization of an LNG refuelling station in Heverlee, Belgium. 
Free ReadFuel specialist Galileo has introduced the first fleet of LNG-powered t heavy-duty trucks in Argentina.  The firm announced it will operate six new Scania G340 trucks fuelled by LNG at…
The port of Rotterdam has introduced the first LNG-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredger to the Netherlands. 
Free ReadRussian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has placed an order for the construction of three new LNG-fuelled tankers byUnited Shipbuilding Corporation.  The MR-class vessels will each have a deadweight of…
Swedish shipping line Rederi Gotland has taken delivery of its new LNG-fuelled ferry – Visborg - in Sweden. 

News Nudges

2021 a ‘defining year’ for LNG

Research consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts that 2021 will be a ‘defining year’ for the LNG industry as policymakers drive forward change around the globe. “Decarbonising natural gas will become a strategic priority for the gas industry,” Massimo Di Odoardo, vice president at Wood Mackenzie, said. “Following a raft of LNG project cancellations last year, current high prices will have emboldened LNG developers. However, for new projects to be developed, contract activity will need to pick up. Buyers will be looking to assess their portfolio requirements and just how comfortable they are in committing for new long-term firm LNG vs increasing their spot market exposure.”


Titan, NYK sign Green Zeebrugge charter agreement

Fuel specialist Titan LNG and shipping firm NYK Line have signed a charter agreement for the LNG bunker vessel Green Zeebrugge. The agreement will see Titan LNG charter the vessel from February for the bunkering of LNG in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. “We are excited to announce the chartering of the Green Zeebrugge. January has proven exceptionally busy, underlining the timeliness of our decision to secure this additional capacity. Titan LNG carried out seven LNG operations during one weekend, three of which were to large crude shuttle tankers from Equinor, a term contract partner of Titan’s. Using the Green Zeebrugge we were able to ensure safe and timely deliveries to all the vessels,” Michael Schaap, Commercial Director at Titan LNG, commented.


Venice LNG facility gains approval

Authorities in Italy’s Veneto Region have approved plans for the construction and operation of a new LNG terminal and bunkering infrastructure. Supported by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority and co-financed by the European Commission under the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) initiative the Venice LNG Facility represents €18.5 million investment and is expected to include significant LNG bunkering infrastructure.


Wärtsilä Extends Golar dual-fuel maintenance agreement

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a agreement with Golar Management Norway for maintenance on 16 dual-fuel LNG carriers. The five-year extension contract includes four vessels with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and two with 34DF and Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. “We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Wärtsilä with this service agreement extension. Wärtsilä’s digital remote support capabilities have proved to be of great value for us, saving both time and costs by often eliminating the need to have service people sent onboard in person.” Øistein Dahl, Managing Director of Golar Management Norway, said. The agreement includes dynamic maintenance planning and asset diagnostics, under a predictive maintenance strategy and is complimented by round-the-clock remote support and advice from Wärtsilä Expertise Centres.