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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. 
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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…
Spanish energy provider Molgas Energía has bunkered the first LNG at the port of Santander in northern Spain. 
Equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Marine has unveiled a new LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany. 
Free ReadShipping firm Pasha Hawaii has selected Keppel AmFELS for the construction of two new LNG-fuelled containerships and optioned a further two additional vessels.  The vessels will each carry 2,525 twenty-foot-equivalent…
Marine engineering group DEME has placed an order for the world’s first LNG-fuelled offshore installation vessel, Orion. 

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.