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Thursday, 01 November 2018
Free ReadThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an amendment to its forthcoming 0.5% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil, designed to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil.  The…
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the construction of a new LNG-fuelled ferry for its Tallinn-Helsinki route. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Finnish energy group Gasum has acquired partner Lyse Group’s share in LNG joint venture Skangas, increasing its shareholding to 100%. 
Free ReadSwedish vehicle manufacturer Scania has introduced the world’s first LNG-fuelled long-distance coach.  The Scania Interlink Medium Decker coach features operational range of up to 1,000 kilometres and is claimed to…
Gibraltese shipyard Gibdock is to retrofit the vessel Napoles to run on LNG fuel on behalf of ferry line Baleària. 
Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten has contracted engineering group Rolls-Royce to supply power and propulsion systems for four newbuild LNG-fuelled Ro-Pax vessels currently under construction. 
Standards agency DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have signed a joint development project agreement to develop a new LNG-fuelled ultra large container vessel (ULCV). 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Free ReadLNG development consortium the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) has concluded work to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax for transport of iron ore and coal from Australia to China.  The…
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy has ordered China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel. 
Russian state-run shipping company Sovcomflot has completed the maiden voyage of its LNG-fuelled crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect. 
Free ReadThe European Union has announced it will invest €2.9 million in the expansion of the LNG filling station network in Finland by national energy firm Gasum.  Delivered under the EU’s…
Tanker operator AET has received two LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers from shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping has received the LNG-fuelled vessel Viikki from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. 
LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has christened its new Commitment Class vessel El Coquí, marking the first combination container/roll-on, roll-off ship to be powered by the fuel. 

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.