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Free ReadJapanese commodities firm Sojitz has acquired LNG firm First State Regasificadora (FSR).  Sojitz’ management announced the acquisition along with a name change to Sojitz Regasificadora (SR). The assets of SR…
Thursday, 02 November 2017
Nordic LNG specialist Skangas has completed the first small scale LNG loading at a facility on Melkøya island outside Hammerfest in Norway. 
Thursday, 02 November 2017
The government of Malta is to explore the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure across the island, following a €600,000 research grant from the European Union. 
Free ReadThe market for LNG bunkering is set to grow solidly over the coming decade reaching record levels by 2025, according to the latest figures from consultancy Transparency Market Research.  The…
A manufacturing consortium led by engineering firm Kooiman Marine Group has been contracted to start manufacture of Titan LNG’s FlexFueler LNG bunkering pontoon. 
The government of Japan has announced plans to invest US$10 billion to support Asian LNG growth and improve uptake of LNG bunkering. 
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. 
Free ReadEnergy 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. 
Free ReadEngineering 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…

News Nudges

Equinor secures LNG bunkering supply

Norwegian energy group Equinor has signed a contract to bunker LNG for two dual-fuel powered crude shuttle tankers when they begin operation later this year. The agreement with Nordic gas specialist Gasum will see bunkering carried out by bunker vessel offshore in Skagen, Denmark, and Mongstad, Norway. “We are happy to support Equinor in its ambition towards cleaner shipping,” Kimmo Rahkamo, vice president at Gasum, commented. Built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, the two 123,100-dwt The two shuttle tankers - Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder – are under construction by South Korean Shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries on behalf of AET Sea Shuttle, a joint venture between ADS Shipping and AET Tankers. They will both be chartered by Equinor on a long-term basis.


Fratelli Cosulich plans LNG push

Family-owned bunkering firm Fratelli Cosulich has announced plans to expand with the addition of a fleet of new bunker tankers. The firm currently has physical supply operations in Singapore and trading offices in Dubai, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Italy, Monaco and New York. "We will soon announce a new location where we will be physical suppliers with a fleet of six (owned and operated) tankers," Cosulich said, adding that the firm expects “the new physical supply location to be up and running by the end of Q1 2020". The firm has given no details on the fuel the fleet will supply but is considering a move into the LNG bunker market, with Cosulich stating that the firm is “actively looking into” LNG trading and bunkering and plans “to make our first investment soon”.