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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. 
LNG solutions provider Titan LNG has introduced a new LNG bunkering pontoon, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler, designed to supply both inland waterway vessels and larger sea-going vessels.
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with energy firm Shell to supply fuel for two next-generation cruise ships and is to expand its fleet with the addition…

News Nudges

GTT to deliver Chengda tanks

French LNG specialist GTT is to design two very large Membrane Full Containment LNG storage tanks for China Chengda Engineering as part of a cooperation agreement related to the Tianjin Nangang LNG terminal. The order includes two membrane storage tanks, each with a net capacity of 220,000 cubci metres and fitted with GST technology. “This order for two more LNG storage tanks further confirms that GTT's Membrane full containment technology is becoming a reference solution for LNG land storage tanks due to its efficiency, competitiveness, safety and low environmental footprint,” Philippe Berterottière, CEO of GTT, said. GTT will deliver the tanks in the second quarter of 2024 to the Tianjin south port Industrial Zone in China.


Hudong-Zhonghua finalises Marseille-Fos bunker vessel

The first LNG bunker vessel to be deployed in a French homeport has been launched in China, following completion of construction at Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. The vessel is being built on behalf of joint venture partners TotalEnergies Marine Fuels and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and will be deployed at the Port of Marseille-Fos, Southern France following sea trial off the coast of Shanghai. “We are excited to be at the forefront of making LNG bunkering capabilities readily available in France and the Mediterranean region,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice-President Marine Fuels at TotalEnergies. “With shipping’s accelerating transition to this cleaner marine fuel, we look forward to providing our customers with another major European hub for their LNG bunkering needs.” The vessel will have a capacity of 18,600 cubic metres and is expected to enter operation in Marseille-Fos by the end of the year.


HAM opens Navalmanzano LLNG station

HAM Group has opened a new LNG fuelling station in Segovia, Spain. The BENITO gas station was installed in one day in Navalmanzano and features integrated dispenser and payment terminal connected to a tank with capacity for 80 cubic metres of LNG. The station allows heavy vehicles and all types of trucks to refuel with LNG. “It keeps the liquid subcooled and adapts immediately to the optimal temperature of the different brands: Iveco, Scania or Volvo, allowing fast and safe refuelling with an innovative nozzle, designed by HAM, with a “nofrost” system and a double anchoring and closing system, in order to avoid leaks, liquid losses and facilitate its disconnection without emitting gas into the air,” a spokesperson for the firm said.