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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. 
Free ReadGas specialist Reganosa has delivered fuel for the first LNG-powered trains in Europe via its Mugardos terminal in the port of Ferrol, Spain.  The bunkering operation was hailed as a…
Thursday, 25 January 2018
German fuel supplier Nauticor has signed a deal with Swedish ferry operator Destination Gotland for the provision of fuel for its first LNG-powered ferry. 
Fuel specialist Skangas has launched its first Ice Class 1a LNG vessel, Coral EnergICE, holding a naming ceremony at the port of Turku, Finland. 
Authorities at the port of Venice are to study the design and realization of an LNG transport barge with bi-fuel pusher. 
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…

News Nudges

LNG spot prices drive fuel uptake

Demand for LNG as a martime transport fuel is growing in Asia on the back of lower prices. Data from Refinitiv Eikon suggests LNG spot prices are roughly $131 per tonne less than very low sulphur fuel oil on average across 2020. Analysts predict that while the gap is set to widen as more supply hits the market over the next few years.


Rotterdam LNG bunker fleet rises to nine

Authorities at the Port of Rotterdam report that a total of nine LNG bunker vessels operate in the port area. “The introduction of these new LNG-powered vessels supports the Port Authority’s ambition to serve as a key hub in the import, export, storage and bunkering of LNG,” a spokesperson for the port said. Between them the nine ships are forecast to bunker 300,000 cubic metres of LNG per year.


GTT orderbook grows

LNG specialist GTT has reported that consolidated revenues were up 53% for the first nine months of 2020, boosted by demand for LNG carriers. "With a total of 38 orders booked since the start of the year for all segments taken together, GTT's commercial activity continue to progress at a firm pace, and LNG demand is maintaining its upward trend, driven by Asia,” Philippe Berterottière, CEO of GTT, said. In addition to 12 LNG carriers booked during the first half of the year, a further 6 orders were booked in the third quarter of 2020, this included an order for 10 ice-breaker LNG carriers. The firm also announced that the Korea Fair Trade Commission had concluded a hearing into the firm’s commercial practices with Korean shipyards. “GTT and its counsels participated in this hearing and previously responded in writing to the preliminary conclusions set out by the Examiner Report. GTT will keep the market informed about the KFTC decision when released,” a spokesperson for GTT said.


MAES adds Londerzeel LNG lanes

Belgium fuel retailer MAES has added LNG fuelling lanes at its MAES Londerzeel site. The firm also announced the introduction of Hydro treated Vegetable Oil (HVO100) fuel at its filling stations in Londerzeel and Ruisbroek, Belgium. The fossil-free fuel marks a first for the firm and provides a high-end diesel substitute. The firm states that HVO100 is the most sustainable fuel for diesel vehicles with 89% less CO2, 30% less particulate matter and 9% less nitrogen oxide as compared to regular diesel.