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Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second ever LNG-fuelled cement carrier vessel to Scandinavian joint venture company JT Cement.
The Japanese government has backed a new feasibility study into the development of an LNG bunker station at the port of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture on the south of Honshu…
The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects LNG fuel prices to remain low for the next five years as China, India and ASEAN countries emerge as key buyers.
Global transportation firm XPO Logistics has launched a fleet of 31 LNG-powered trucks at its new pallet distribution hub in Bondoufle in Île-de-France in northern France.
India is to pursue the development of LNG-fuelled barges and associated infrastructure on the river Ganges by 2018, according to the country’s Ministry of Shipping.
U.S. developer Eagle LNG has started construction on its new LNG liquefaction plant in the city of Jacksonville. The project aims to act as a LNG fuelling hub for the…
Excessive bureaucracy and unnecessary regulation is holding back the uptake of LNG fuelling at the port of Hamburg, according to LNG fuelling specialist Becker Marine Systems.
Energy think tank the Sightline Institute has expressed concerns over the safety of plans for a proposed LNG bunker and fuelling facility at the port of Tacoma in the U.S.
LNG fuelling specialist Alpha Process Controls (APC) has expanded its manufacturing and testing facilities in the UK to increase capacity for production of its LNG Marine Emergency Release Couplings (ERC).
Stalled negotiations between Norwegian energy firm Statoil and Litgas may mean that plans for a LNG fuelling station near the port of Klaipeda are now developed with German LNG supplier…
Malaysian national energy firm Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas, is to implement hull performance anti-fouling systems for two LNG vessels in its fleet. 
French LNG specialist GTT has launched a new training program aimed at educating staff and contractors in LNG bunker operations and fuelling procedures.
Research published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) suggests that LNG is one of the ‘most promising’ alternatives to current bunker fuel for maritime transport and will play…
A consortium of shipping industry companies behind plans to develop LNG-powered dry bulk carrier vessels is to collaborate with Finnish equipment developer Wärtsilä to incorporate new LNG propulsion technology.

News Nudges

Equinor secures LNG bunkering supply

Norwegian energy group Equinor has signed a contract to bunker LNG for two dual-fuel powered crude shuttle tankers when they begin operation later this year. The agreement with Nordic gas specialist Gasum will see bunkering carried out by bunker vessel offshore in Skagen, Denmark, and Mongstad, Norway. “We are happy to support Equinor in its ambition towards cleaner shipping,” Kimmo Rahkamo, vice president at Gasum, commented. Built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, the two 123,100-dwt The two shuttle tankers - Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder – are under construction by South Korean Shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries on behalf of AET Sea Shuttle, a joint venture between ADS Shipping and AET Tankers. They will both be chartered by Equinor on a long-term basis.


Fratelli Cosulich plans LNG push

Family-owned bunkering firm Fratelli Cosulich has announced plans to expand with the addition of a fleet of new bunker tankers. The firm currently has physical supply operations in Singapore and trading offices in Dubai, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Italy, Monaco and New York. "We will soon announce a new location where we will be physical suppliers with a fleet of six (owned and operated) tankers," Cosulich said, adding that the firm expects “the new physical supply location to be up and running by the end of Q1 2020". The firm has given no details on the fuel the fleet will supply but is considering a move into the LNG bunker market, with Cosulich stating that the firm is “actively looking into” LNG trading and bunkering and plans “to make our first investment soon”.