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”.