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Russian oil major Gazprom Neft has announced plans to construct the country's first LNG bunker barge by 2020. 
Free ReadShipping line Sinanju Tankers has placed an order for Singapore’s first LNG-fuelled bunker tanker.  The order was placed through Sinanju’s partner for the project, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Group, and the…
Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Ferrox has been awarded a contract to develop Croatia’s first LNG vehicle fuelling station. 
A consortium of Japanese industrial firms has committed to a joint study on ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in Tokyo Bay. 
Thursday, 22 February 2018
The sale of LNG bunker fuel at the port of Rotterdam increased over ten-fold year-on-year in 2017, according to the latest figures from the port authority. 
Free ReadFuel supplier Nauticor has completed the first LNG bunkering operations for the dual-fuel dredger vessel Scheldt River at Brunsbüttel Port, Germany.  The trailing suction hopper dredger was loaded with approximately…
Engineering component supplier Hexagon Composites has been awarded a contract to supply fuel storage tanks for a newbuild LNG supply vessel being built for Babcock Schulte Energy. 
Increases in maintenance costs associated with exhaust gas scrubber systems may give a boost to demand for LNG fuel, according to underwater repair specialist Hydrex. 
Free ReadGlobal energy company Gazprom has announced plans to build two small-scale LNG production facilities to provide fuel for locomotives operated by Sverdlovsk Railway in Russia.  The firm signed a cooperation…
LNG specialist Crowley Fuels has signed a multi-year supply contract with a major pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico. 
Thursday, 22 February 2018
India’s ruling party has backed measures to drastically upscale LNG imports in the country and drive wide spread adoption of the fuel for transport. 
Thursday, 08 February 2018
Cross-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG has launched a new online tool to map the LNG bunkering infrastructure landscape worldwide. 
Thursday, 08 February 2018
Free ReadThe European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has published a guidance document outlining best practice for the planning and operational stages of LNG bunkering.  Aimed at port authorities and administrations, the…
Energy company Itsas Gas has performed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering at the port of Bilbao in Northern Spain, marking the first such operation in the Atlantic Arc and Mediterranean…

News Nudges

Equinor secures LNG bunkering supply

Norwegian energy group Equinor has signed a contract to bunker LNG for two dual-fuel powered crude shuttle tankers when they begin operation later this year. The agreement with Nordic gas specialist Gasum will see bunkering carried out by bunker vessel offshore in Skagen, Denmark, and Mongstad, Norway. “We are happy to support Equinor in its ambition towards cleaner shipping,” Kimmo Rahkamo, vice president at Gasum, commented. Built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, the two 123,100-dwt The two shuttle tankers - Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder – are under construction by South Korean Shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries on behalf of AET Sea Shuttle, a joint venture between ADS Shipping and AET Tankers. They will both be chartered by Equinor on a long-term basis.


Fratelli Cosulich plans LNG push

Family-owned bunkering firm Fratelli Cosulich has announced plans to expand with the addition of a fleet of new bunker tankers. The firm currently has physical supply operations in Singapore and trading offices in Dubai, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Italy, Monaco and New York. "We will soon announce a new location where we will be physical suppliers with a fleet of six (owned and operated) tankers," Cosulich said, adding that the firm expects “the new physical supply location to be up and running by the end of Q1 2020". The firm has given no details on the fuel the fleet will supply but is considering a move into the LNG bunker market, with Cosulich stating that the firm is “actively looking into” LNG trading and bunkering and plans “to make our first investment soon”.