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Authorities in Cyprus have announced their support for further LNG fuelling infrastructure on the island to develop LNG as the “fuel of the future”.
Spanish multinational oil and gas company Cepsa is to develop a multi-product LNG bunkering barge to supply fuel for ships throughout Europe.
International certification agency Bureau Veritas is to class the first container vesselas LNG fuelled, following a fuel conversion process on its engines.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä is to provide LNG-fuelled engines and ancillary equipment for four newbuild Swedish tankers.
Polish energy firms Grupa Lotos and Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) have delivered 120,000 litres of LNG as bunker fuel for sea trails of the platform supply vessel Siem…
Japanese technology developer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have signed a joint development project with technical services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR) to collaborate on…
Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russian gas major Gazprom to cooperate in LNG bunkering studies.
Finnish gas firm Gasum Oy is to collaborate with equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä to develop the “utilization and distribution” of LNG fuel in marine and land markets.
Thursday, 08 September 2016
The first LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Gothenburg has been completed successfully, with the tanker Ternsund refuelling near the island of Fotö at the entrance to the port.
Software developer Kongsberg Digital is to develop a simulator tool for ship operators to train staff on the use of LNG as a fuel.
Thursday, 08 September 2016
U.S. shipping company Matson has signed a contract with General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new dual-fuel LNG-ready cargo vessels for its Hawaii fleet.
Shipping and energy standards agency DNV GL is to undertake a new market study into the European LNG market, as part of EU efforts to develop a continent-wide network of…
The European Commission has published new projections for fuel consumption that predict LNG fuelling is set to account for 10% of international maritime bunkering by 2050.
Energy firm Shell has signed an agreement with the government of Gibraltar to construct a small-scale regasification unit in Gibraltar to supply LNG fuel to a nearby power station.

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.