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Thursday, 25 August 2016
Engine developer MTU has completed 3,000 hours of bench tests for a new gas marine engine design, that is expected to help power LNG-fuelled vessels from 2017.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
The first sea-going vessel to bunker LNG at the port of Rotterdam has offloaded cargo at Vopak in the Botlek before moving to the Willem Alexanderhaven terminal for refuelling.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has approved plans for a proposed LNG fuelling station in the port of Tacoma.
Authorities at the port of Ulsan in South Korea are to develop LNG bunkering capabilities in partnership with a number of organisations in a bid to create the country’s first…
The remote island geography of the Philippines and Indonesia coupled with a fall in the cost of LNG is driving growth in LNG fuelling infrastructure and demand, according to technology…
Greek and Bulgarian officials have signed a bilateral agreement to develop an LNG terminal near the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis.
Russia’s Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) has approved plans by developer LNG Gorskaya to build an LNG fuelling station in Saint-Petersburg.
The Australian port of Fremantle has approved plans by fuel provider Evol LNG to develop LNG bunkering facilities at the port.
A consortium of fourteen leading marine industry companies have formed a new coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to support the widespread adoption of LNG as a fuel in the sector.
LNG technology specialist GTT has received Type S (Special Tasks) approval classification for its LNG Bunkering Simulator, the first system of its type related to the simulation of LNG Bunkering…
Japanese transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a long-term charter contract  with Gas Sayago for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project that will support LNG bunkering…
New analysis of LNG fuelling operations and potential LNG bunker volumes at the port of Antwerp suggests relatively slow growth rate up to 2025.
Technology research and advisory company Technavio has called the construction of new LNG fuelling infrastructure ‘essential’ to support the growth of the fuel in the maritime sector.
Cross-border LNG project Poseidon Med II has carried out  an on-site survey of Patras Port in Greece as part of a recent workshop aimed at boosting the acceptance of LNG…

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.