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Thursday, 30 November 2017
Free ReadThe Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presided over the launch of the UK’s first LNG passenger ferry on the Clyde in Scotland.  The 102-metre, roll-on/roll-off vehicle passenger ferry has…
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Malaysian oil major Petronas has signed an agreement with Argo Engineering and Eastport Marine to provide LNG services in Labuan, Malaysia.
The French government has backed a strategy that places LNG at the centre of maritime policy and focuses on new energy solutions to improve competitivity of the country’s ports.
Free ReadCruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has signed an LNG supply deal with Shell for two next-generation cruise ships as it hailed the fuel as the “technology of the future”.  The…
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply control systems and storage solutions for a new LNG-fuelled articulated tug barge (ATB) on behalf of fuel specialist Q-LNG.
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has unveiled designs for a hybrid luxury yacht powered by LNG and attendant bunkering barge featuring advanced ship intelligence.
Shipping line CMA CGM has announced that nine new ultra-large vessels - the largest containerships ever built – will be fuelled by LNG. 
Free ReadTransportation and logistics firm Tote has contracted engineering firm MAN Diesel & Turbo to retrofit two vessels for LNG operation.  After-sales division MAN PrimeServ will carry out the work to…
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Naval outfitter and gas carrier Gabadi has signed a partnership agreement with Korean firm Hankuk Carbon to develop solutions for the LNG bunkering sector. 
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Competition to build and operate the next generation of LNG bunker vessels is growing as energy majors announce plans to increase their exposure to the sector.
Fuel specialists Skangas and Titan LNG have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the supply of LNG for shipping in the North Sea and Baltic region. 
Free ReadLogistics specialist Jost Group has ordered 500 IVECO LNG-fuelled trucks and announced plans to target 35% conversion of its fleet to LNG by 2020.  The supply agreement will see Jost…
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Energy major Shell has signed a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for a new LNG bunker barge to expand it bunkering network in the U.S. 
Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have completed the first simultaneous LNG bunkering and ship loading operation at quayside. 

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.