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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and technical services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR) have signed a partnership agreement to design LNG-powered bulk carriers. 
Shipbuilder STX France has signed a memorandum of understanding with cruise line MSC Cruises for the construction of two new LNG-powered mega cruise ships. 
Free ReadA group of 16 Greek maritime organisations have launched the Marine LNG Network, a partnership designed to create infrastructure for the “smooth and rapid integration” of LNG as a  marine…
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni is the latest organisation to join LNG fuelling focused industry coalition SEA\LNG. 
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to supply 15 LNG-powered engines for Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten Nord. 
Free ReadStandards agency DNV GL has launched a new LNG Fuel Finder service which allows shipowners and charterers to connect with LNG suppliers and register demand.  Interested parties can register to…
Malaysian energy major Petronas has signed a memorandum of understanding with industry consortium Gas4Sea. 
Thursday, 01 June 2017
Japanese shipping conglomerate Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced plans to develop and build an LNG-fuelled tugboat. 
Free ReadEnergy provider Gaz Métro and the Montréal Port Authority have announced the opening of new LNG fuelling facilities at the Port of Montreal.  Canadian shipping firm Groupe Desgagnés will be…
Equipment manufacturer TMC Compressors has launched a boil-off gas compressor that can be used to supply LNG fuel for vessels. 
Technology developer Titan LNG has announced the first successful bunkering operations utilizing its T-piece technology to provide LNG refuelling at the port of Amsterdam. 
Cryoline hose technology for LNG transfer offers “a recalibration of thinking” around ship to shore fuelling and the opportunity for operators to significantly cut costs, according to developer Trelleborg. 
Free ReadEnergy major Total is to acquire Dutch vehicle fuelling specialist PitPoint, as part of a strategy to “significantly increase” its presence in the natural gas vehicle fuel sector.  The deal…
Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Industries has started final installation operations for the first phase of the Klaipeda LNG distribution hub in Lithuania and now expects the hub to be operational…

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”.