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Indonesian firm Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) has a signed an agreement with Pertamina International Shipping (PIS) to develop long-term LNG bunkering infrastructure on the island of Java.
An international coalition of industrial firms has announced plans to explore the development of BioLNG production at a large port in France.
Free ReadSingapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has implemented new measures to support LNG fuelling, reducing port dues for qualifying vessels. The authority has changed its harbour craft port dues to…
Shipping line MSC and energy major Shell have signed a far-reaching agreement to decarbonise maritime transport, citing LNG as a promising pathway for emission reduction.
Norwegian transport group Kanfer Shipping has signed an order with Taizhou Yard in China for two new LNG bunker vessels.
Free ReadGas services firm HAM Group has completed construction of a new LNG service station in Finland. The plant was designed, built, and commissioned by HAM Criogénica on behalf of Finnish…
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply engines and gas supply systems for two new LNG-fuelled escort tugs in Canada. 
Russian shipping group Sovcomflot (SCF) has signed a charter contract with Sakhalin Energy to provide LNG-fuelled tankers for operation in Russia’s Far East.
Maritime specialist Petronas Marine has completed first LNG refuelling operations for its bunker vessel Avenir Advantage at the Pintu Gedung anchorage in Port Klang, Malaysia.
Free ReadMaritime group Eastern Pacific Shipping has partnered with technology developer Kanda to bring virtual reality training for LNG bunkering to seafarers. The shipping line and Kanda have jointly developed the…
Russian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and energy firm Shell have completed the first LNG bunkering of an Aframax tanker in the US.
Road transport fuel specialist Gasrec has expanded its refuelling network, with the addition of five BioLNG stations and four cryogenic trailers in the UK
Free ReadFrench LNG fuelling firm Air Liquide has fitted two Turbo-Brayton cryogenic units for shipping company BW LNG to store LNG. The installation procedure was carried out on a BW Magna…
Canadian shipping firm SeaspanLNG has secured approval in principle (AiP) for a new for LNG bunker vessel from standards agency Bureau Veritas.

News Nudges

Snam, Eni open Aversa gas station

Sustainable mobility firm Snam has partnered with energy group Eni to open a new natural gas and biomethane filling station in Aversa, Caserta, Italy. The facility was developed by Snam4Mobility and Eni and joins sister facilities in Trentino-Alto Adige, Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Puglia. Eni currently operates a network of 104 CNG stations in Italy, with plans to increase this to 120 by the end of 2022, and to begin distributing only biomethane from next year.


Fluxys, Novatek cancel Rostock LNG plans

Belgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys and Russian gas producer Novatek have cancelled plans to create an LNG transhipment terminal and bunkering hub in Germany. The proposed facility was to have handled a capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year but the firms cited ‘current market conditions’ as a driving factor in the cancellation of the project. "Fluxys and Novatek have regretfully decided to discontinue their joint project to build and operate a mid-scale LNG terminal in the port of Rostock. Despite constructive support from all project stakeholders, current market conditions proved to be too challenging to pursue the project,” a Fluxys spokesperson, said.


Hapag-Lloyd delays LNG retrofit plans

RoRo shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has reportedly postponed plans to retrofit its fleet to run on LNG, citing the need to monitor ongoing operations of its first refitted vessel – the Brussels Express. This 15,000 TEU containership made it maiden voyage on LNG earlier this year, and fully bunkered with the fuel for the first time in Singapore. Originally named the Sajir, the ship was retrofitted with a 1,300-tonne LNG tank at the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in Shanghai. “The fact that a retrofitting of this scale had never been done before meant that we faced numerous challenges – from the planning to the implementation. We have broken new ground with the conversion, and we will now be testing it very precisely in real-world operation,” Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd said at the time. In the long term the company aims to switch from fossil-derived LNG to synthetic natural gas (SNG) derived from renewable sources, howver in the short term any plans to refit more vessels have been put on hold as the firm ‘evaluates performance’ and decides how to proceed.


GAC appoints Lindquist Head of LNG Bunkering

Fuel supplier GAC has appointed John Lindquist as its new Head of LNG Bunkering. Based in Houston, Lindquist moves from his previous role at the company as Commercial Manager – LNG Services. He will oversee the firm’s expansion of LNG bunkering, following its role supplying the first non-US flagged vessel to bunker LNG in the US last year.