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Thursday, 01 November 2018
Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy has ordered China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel. 
Russian state-run shipping company Sovcomflot has completed the maiden voyage of its LNG-fuelled crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect. 
Free ReadThe European Union has announced it will invest €2.9 million in the expansion of the LNG filling station network in Finland by national energy firm Gasum.  Delivered under the EU’s…
Tanker operator AET has received two LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers from shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping has received the LNG-fuelled vessel Viikki from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. 
LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has christened its new Commitment Class vessel El Coquí, marking the first combination container/roll-on, roll-off ship to be powered by the fuel. 
Free ReadEnergy firms Total and Pavilion Energy have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) to jointly develop LNG bunker infrastructure at the port of Singapore.  The wide-ranging deal will see Total…
Swedish engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply propulsion systems for the world’s first LNG-fuelled fishing trawler. 
A consortium of Japanese shipping and engineering companies has announced that the first LNG bunkering vessel in the country is expected to start operation in 2020. 
Supermarket group Lidl has announced plans to move its logistics operations in Switzerland from diesel to LNG fuel. 
Free ReadThe Gothenburg Port Authority has renewed and extended its tariff discounts for LNG, incentivising uptake of the fuel for operators at the port.  The GPA initiated a 10 per cent…
Rising demand for LNG at the port of Gothenburg is set to drive diversification of supply as specialist Swedegas has announced a supply deal with Norwegian gas supplier Barents NaturGass…
Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has introduced a new Y-piece LNG bunker connector, designed to reduce truck-to-ship bunkering time by half. 
Free ReadA consortium of Indian energy companies has committed to introduce almost 20 LNG fuelling stations in the country by next year to support heavy-goods transport growth.  The proposed network of…

News Nudges

Excelerate, Equinor complete first STS LNG transfer in Bahamas

Fuel specialist Excelerate Energy and oil and gas major Equinor Energy have completed the first ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas. The bunkering operation was carried out between Excelerate's floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor's LNG carrier Arctic Voyager. "Excelerate conducted the industry's first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas. This new STS location allows us to provide additional commercial flexibility to our customers and respond to prompt market needs in a safe and reliable manner,” Daniel Bustos, Excelerate's Chief Commercial Officer, said. The procedure involved transfer of a full LNG cargo, with fuel transferred using a double-banked LNG transfer system while the vessels were moored at Equinor's South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal. To date, Excelerate has successfully transferred over 170,900,000 cubic meters of LNG using its STS protocol, with over 1,300 involving third-party vessels.


Algeciras plans LNG bunkering expansion

Authorities at the Port of Algeciras in Spain have announced plans to expand LNG bunkering operations as it forecasts that demand for LNG, from vessels operating in the Strait of Gibraltar, will hit approximately 1.8 million cubic meters by 2030. Speaking at the recent CORE LNGas Hive Conference III, general director of the Port Authority of Algeciras (APBA), José Luis Hormaechea, highlighted the important role the port intends to play in the supply picture. The commitment follows an agreement with utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for LNG supply to the port of Algeciras, with an option to extend to all peninsular ports.


Klaipėda announces LNG Forum

Authorities at the port of Klaipėda are to host an LNG forum as part of a drive to cement the port’s position as an LNG distribution and technology development centre serving the Baltic Sea region. An estimated 200 participants from Lithuania and abroad have registered for the event over the course of two days. The Port of Klaipėda is one of the few ice-free ports in northernmost Europe, and the largest in Lithuania.