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Thursday, 19 November 2020
Shipping group NYK Line has launched Japan’s first pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) to be fuelled by LNG, as part of a fleet-wide revamp.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Japan’s largest LNG-powered vessel, the Sakura Leader, has been refuelled in the country’s first Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering operation.
Shipping line CMA CGM has welcomed the world’s largest LNG-fuelled container ship to its fleet, the Jacques Saade.
Free ReadAuthorities in Singapore have called for bids from LNG bunker firms to expand refuelling infrastructure across the island state. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a request…
Thursday, 19 November 2020
The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has published a new LNG Ready Terminal tool, providing guidance for safe handling of LNG-fuelled vessels.
Classification society the Korean Register of Shipping (KR) has opened a new LNG bunkering simulation centre in Busan, South Korea.
Fuelling specialist FueLNG has named Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina, ahead of first scheduled operations by the end of the year.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Free ReadSouth African fuel firm DNG Energy has received approval to commence LNG bunkering in the Port of Coega, South Africa from 2021. The authorization marks the first such license issued…
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Energy major Total has signed contracts to charter four new LNG-powered Aframax-type vessels by the end of 2023.
LNG project development firm Epik is to add bunkering services to its proposed Newcastle GasDock LNG import terminal in Australia.
Free ReadShipping line Siem has introduced the first transatlantic car freighter powered by LNG, delivering its first cargo on behalf of Volkwagen Group. The Siem Confucious made its maiden shipment of…
Authorities in South Korea have revised gas regulations to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a fuel for transport in the country.
Authorities at the port of Rotterdam have reported a record rise in LNG bunker sales in the second quarter, as the fuel took market share from traditional marine fuel oil.
Ship services specialist Newport Shipping has increased its focus on LNG conversions and retrofitting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as it sees renewed demand for solutions to meet…

News Nudges

2021 a ‘defining year’ for LNG

Research consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts that 2021 will be a ‘defining year’ for the LNG industry as policymakers drive forward change around the globe. “Decarbonising natural gas will become a strategic priority for the gas industry,” Massimo Di Odoardo, vice president at Wood Mackenzie, said. “Following a raft of LNG project cancellations last year, current high prices will have emboldened LNG developers. However, for new projects to be developed, contract activity will need to pick up. Buyers will be looking to assess their portfolio requirements and just how comfortable they are in committing for new long-term firm LNG vs increasing their spot market exposure.”


Titan, NYK sign Green Zeebrugge charter agreement

Fuel specialist Titan LNG and shipping firm NYK Line have signed a charter agreement for the LNG bunker vessel Green Zeebrugge. The agreement will see Titan LNG charter the vessel from February for the bunkering of LNG in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. “We are excited to announce the chartering of the Green Zeebrugge. January has proven exceptionally busy, underlining the timeliness of our decision to secure this additional capacity. Titan LNG carried out seven LNG operations during one weekend, three of which were to large crude shuttle tankers from Equinor, a term contract partner of Titan’s. Using the Green Zeebrugge we were able to ensure safe and timely deliveries to all the vessels,” Michael Schaap, Commercial Director at Titan LNG, commented.


Venice LNG facility gains approval

Authorities in Italy’s Veneto Region have approved plans for the construction and operation of a new LNG terminal and bunkering infrastructure. Supported by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority and co-financed by the European Commission under the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) initiative the Venice LNG Facility represents €18.5 million investment and is expected to include significant LNG bunkering infrastructure.


Wärtsilä Extends Golar dual-fuel maintenance agreement

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a agreement with Golar Management Norway for maintenance on 16 dual-fuel LNG carriers. The five-year extension contract includes four vessels with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and two with 34DF and Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. “We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Wärtsilä with this service agreement extension. Wärtsilä’s digital remote support capabilities have proved to be of great value for us, saving both time and costs by often eliminating the need to have service people sent onboard in person.” Øistein Dahl, Managing Director of Golar Management Norway, said. The agreement includes dynamic maintenance planning and asset diagnostics, under a predictive maintenance strategy and is complimented by round-the-clock remote support and advice from Wärtsilä Expertise Centres.