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Specialist LNG firm Skangas has completed the first synchronised cool down and bunkering operation to switch a vessel from diesel to LNG at sea, at Danafjord outside Gothenburg. 
Energy major Shell has signed a long-term agreement with shipping line Siem Car Carriers to supply LNG for two newbuild vessels.  Under the terms of the deal Shell NA LNG…
Trains running on the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo railway in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia are set to become some of the first to be powered by LNG. 
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Maritime fuelling consortium Gas4Sea has been selected by Norwegian energy group Statoil as LNG marine fuel supplier at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. 
Engineering firm Bakker Sliedrecht is to supply power packages for the world’s first LNG-fuelled offshore installation vessel, Orion.  The multipurpose vessel will feature a Class 3 Dynamic Positioning (DP3) system…
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has installed the world’s first hybrid energy storage solution for an offshore vessel, combining a battery pack with LNG-fuelled engines. 
Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has announced a mobile LNG refuelling system designed to provide high-capacity bunkering on an ad hoc basis. 
The management board of Polish natural gas transmission system operator Gaz-System has issued recommendations for the planned extension of the Świnoujście LNG Terminal, including a new loading berth for LNG…
Joint venture bunker specialist FueLNG has completed the first commercial truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore for the Floating Liquefaction (FLNG) vessel, Hilli Episeyo.  The bunker transfer operation was carried out…
Infrastructure developer Okra Energy has installed Peru’s first small-scale LNG facility, paving the way for first bunkering of the fuel in the country. 
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 novel system has successfully completed…
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. 

News Nudges

Excelerate, Equinor complete first STS LNG transfer in Bahamas

Fuel specialist Excelerate Energy and oil and gas major Equinor Energy have completed the first ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas. The bunkering operation was carried out between Excelerate's floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor's LNG carrier Arctic Voyager. "Excelerate conducted the industry's first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas. This new STS location allows us to provide additional commercial flexibility to our customers and respond to prompt market needs in a safe and reliable manner,” Daniel Bustos, Excelerate's Chief Commercial Officer, said. The procedure involved transfer of a full LNG cargo, with fuel transferred using a double-banked LNG transfer system while the vessels were moored at Equinor's South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal. To date, Excelerate has successfully transferred over 170,900,000 cubic meters of LNG using its STS protocol, with over 1,300 involving third-party vessels.


Algeciras plans LNG bunkering expansion

Authorities at the Port of Algeciras in Spain have announced plans to expand LNG bunkering operations as it forecasts that demand for LNG, from vessels operating in the Strait of Gibraltar, will hit approximately 1.8 million cubic meters by 2030. Speaking at the recent CORE LNGas Hive Conference III, general director of the Port Authority of Algeciras (APBA), José Luis Hormaechea, highlighted the important role the port intends to play in the supply picture. The commitment follows an agreement with utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for LNG supply to the port of Algeciras, with an option to extend to all peninsular ports.


Klaipėda announces LNG Forum

Authorities at the port of Klaipėda are to host an LNG forum as part of a drive to cement the port’s position as an LNG distribution and technology development centre serving the Baltic Sea region. An estimated 200 participants from Lithuania and abroad have registered for the event over the course of two days. The Port of Klaipėda is one of the few ice-free ports in northernmost Europe, and the largest in Lithuania.