In this issue


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…
The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has published a new Code of Practice for LNG fuelling and bunkering operations.
LNG fuel developer Engie and Antwerp Port Authority have signed a 30-year concession agreement that includes development of an Alternative Energy Hub at the Port of Antwerp.

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.