In this issue

 

Certification body ClassNK has issued approval in principle (AIP) for a new design of LNG bunkering vessel proposed by Korean shipbuilding firm Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC).
LNG fuel specialists Bomin Linde and Klaipėdos Nafta have signed a time-charter contract for the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel with ship owner Bernhard Schulte.
A global network of port and maritime associations, focused on harmonising LNG bunkering standards, has expanded its membership to include four new bodies.
LNG fuelling specialist GAC Bunker Fuels (GBFL) has formed a strategic alliance with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to develop LNG bunkering services in North America.
Infrastructure developer JAX LNG has signed the concluding engineering and procurement contracts required to begin construction of a new LNG bunker facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cargo trading and bunker fuels supply firm The Bomin Group has sold its shareholding in Bomin Linde LNG to joint venture partner Linde.
Final sea trials and tests are underway in Germany for the first LNG-fuelled pure dry cargo ship, Searoad Mersey II.
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed LNG supply contracts that will pave the way for a new LNG-driven fast ferry to serve a route between Helsinki and Tallinn next…
Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku is to design and construct  two next generation LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Miami-based operator Royal Caribbean Cruises.
LNG technology development consortium Project Forward is to partner with Anglo-Dutch  oil and gas company Shell to investigate LNG bunkering for the supply of globally-trading bulk carriers, tankers and container…
Singaporean LNG specialist Pavilion Energy is to partner with energy firm ExxonMobil to develop LNG bunkering projects in Singapore.
Danish gas specialist Kosan Crisplant has partnered with Korea LNG Solution to develop and  manufacture LNG bunkering equipment.
Designs by shipbuilder Vard Engineering Brevik for a new 6,500 cubic metre capacity bunker vessel have received Approval in Principle (AiP) from standards agency DNV GL.
Finnish state-owned shipping firm Arctia Oy has launched the world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker, the IB Polaris. 

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.