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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.
A feasibility study funded by the European Commission is seeking input from commercial fleet operators in the UK on the role of compressed natural gas (CNG) in vehicle fuelling.
Equipment manufacturer and engineering firm Trelleborg has announced its Cryoline hose-in-hose transfer system for LNG that aims to optimize fuelling operations and ‘significantly lower’ operator and supplier costs.
Chinese LNG fuelling specialist ENN Energy has commissioned a new refuelling station in Zaandam in the north of The Netherlands.
Demand for LNG as a fuel in transport is expected to drive 63.6% compound annual growth in the LNG bunkering sector up to 2025, according to research consultancy Transparency Market…

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.