In this issue

 

Free ReadMaritime software solutions provider Kongsberg Digital has received compliance approval for a new LNG vessel training simulator from standards agency DNV GL.  The new addition to the firm’s K-Sim Engine…
Fuelling specialists Gasunie LNG, Oiltanking and Vopak LNG have formed a new joint venture to develop an LNG terminal in northern Germany. 
Spanish shipping line Baleària Group has announced plans to introduce the first two LNG-powered ferries in the Mediterranean. 
Free ReadA surge in bunkering activity in 2018 is expected to mark the ‘tipping year’ for LNG as a fuel for ships, according to the Society Gas as a Marine Fuel…
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Estonian utility firm Eesti Gaas has announced plans to invest in a new LNG terminal or bunker ship to meet demand in the Baltic. 
Authorities at the Port of Tallinn have applied a discount on tonnage fees for LNG-fuelled vessels calling at the port. 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
French banking group Societe Generale has become the first financial institution to join multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG. 
Free ReadThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced plans to invest S$12 million to boost LNG bunkering at the Port of Singapore.  Around half of the investment will be…
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Singaporean LNG supplier Pavilion Gas has been awarded a contract by PSA Marine for the supply of LNG bunker fuel from 2019. 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Authorities in South Korea have backed investment in LNG-fuelled newbuild vessels as part of a strategy to restore the country’s position in the global shipbuilding sector. 
French energy firm Total has signed a strategic agreement with shipping line CMA CGM to provide LNG for its newest container ships. 
Free ReadShipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with cargo firm Jumbo to construct an LNG-powered heavy-lift vessel.  The deal marks one of the largest heavy-lift…
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Marine transportation and fuel storage specialist Teekay Offshore has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG-fuelled tankers. 
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Scandinavian fuel supplier Skangas has signed an agreement with the UK’s National Grid for provision of LNG via the Isle of Grain import terminal. 

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.