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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…
Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have broken ground on a new LNG bunker facility which is set to become operational later this year. 
Free ReadFuelling technology firm Titan LNG has signed a long-term rental agreement with the Port of Amsterdam to site an LNG bunkering pontoon at the port.  The contract is part of…
Energy firm Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions has signed a long-term charter contract with shipping line Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for the first bunker vessel capable of supplying large quantities of…
Japanese shipping firms K Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line have initiated plans to create a joint LNG bunkering business. 

News Nudges

SEA / LNG calls for review of Green Bond certification

Industry consortium SEA / LNG has called on the Climate Bond Initiative to review criteria for its proposed Green Bond certification of Low Carbon Shipping to accommodate greater financing for LNG-fuelled vessels. The consortium notes that proposals lean “towards being technology prescriptive” rather than goal oriented, noting that “immature and emerging technologies such as ammonia and hydrogen, that will require significant research and development investment over many years if they are to scale safely in the deep-sea maritime environment, appear to be favoured”. A recent study commissioned by SEA-LNG from CE Delft concludes that LNG-fuelled ships, with little or no modifications, can realise significant GHG savings through the use of liquid biomethane (LBM) and liquid synthetic methane (LSM), with estimated sustainable global supplies potentially exceeding the demands of shipping in the future. “LNG through the gradual introduction of LBM/LSM offers a realistic pathway for reducing shipping’s GHG emissions and we believe it should be recognized accordingly. Today, LNG is operationally effective, safe, scalable to meet shipping’s needs, and improves global air quality... Specifying green investment criteria that favour specific technology pathways risks forcing the shipping industry into non-optimal solutions from environmental, operational, and commercial perspectives and must be avoided,” SEA /LNG said in an open letter to the industry.


European LNG stations pumping biogas

More than 25% of CNG and LNG fuelling stations in Europe are now delivering biomethane, according to analysis of 4,120 stations by the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA). “It is key to understand and acknowledge that a vehicle that is fuelled with renewable gas, is effectively climate neutral. Europe’s renewable gas production capacity is proven and sustainability criteria in place are fully respected. Today, it is the best solution to boost the decarbonization process of the transport sector leveraging on a real circular economy,” Andrea Gerini NGVA Europe Secretary General, said. The figures show that an average of 17% all gas delivered is now biomethane with bioLNG becoming a “growing reality” as a cost-effective transition towards “carbon neutral mobility”. “While continuously increasing the rate of renewable gas in our network, there is future potential also in improving the efficiency of natural gas engines. This will progress hand in hand,” Gerini stated.


Dunkerque LNG launches truck fuelling

Terminal operator Dunkerque LNG is introducing truck fuelling at its sites with a new service reportedly offering 3,000 slots per year. The firm is majority-owned by a consortium of gas infrastructure group Fluxys, AXA Investment owns and operates Dunkirk LNG terminal in the north of France.