In this issue

 

Thursday, 31 January 2019
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is to ban open-loop scrubbers, providing a boost for LNG-fuelled vessels in the country. 
Fuel specialist Eagle LNG has completed first bunkering operations of the Taino, the world’s first LNG-powered combination container/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessel. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Free ReadThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an amendment to its forthcoming 0.5% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil, designed to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil.  The…
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has signed a Letter of Intent with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the construction of a new LNG-fuelled ferry for its Tallinn-Helsinki route. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Finnish energy group Gasum has acquired partner Lyse Group’s share in LNG joint venture Skangas, increasing its shareholding to 100%. 
Free ReadSwedish vehicle manufacturer Scania has introduced the world’s first LNG-fuelled long-distance coach.  The Scania Interlink Medium Decker coach features operational range of up to 1,000 kilometres and is claimed to…
Gibraltese shipyard Gibdock is to retrofit the vessel Napoles to run on LNG fuel on behalf of ferry line Baleària. 
Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten has contracted engineering group Rolls-Royce to supply power and propulsion systems for four newbuild LNG-fuelled Ro-Pax vessels currently under construction. 
Standards agency DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have signed a joint development project agreement to develop a new LNG-fuelled ultra large container vessel (ULCV). 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Free ReadLNG development consortium the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) has concluded work to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax for transport of iron ore and coal from Australia to China.  The…
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy has ordered China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel. 
Russian state-run shipping company Sovcomflot has completed the maiden voyage of its LNG-fuelled crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect. 
Free ReadThe European Union has announced it will invest €2.9 million in the expansion of the LNG filling station network in Finland by national energy firm Gasum.  Delivered under the EU’s…
Tanker operator AET has received two LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers from shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. 

News Nudges

Cryo invests in green marine fuel

Power equipment manufacturer Cryo Shipping is to develop a range of hydrogen infrastructure solutions as it builds on its existing LNG expertise to create “fully renewable marine fuels”. “Hydrogen as marine fuel is in an early phase,” Partner and project manager in Cryo Shipping, Are Magnussen, commented, noting that “we still have a way to go with regards to developing suitable concepts, technical solutions, regulations and operational requirements.” Based in Bergen, Norway, the firm is established as a supplier of Natural Gas and specialist in LNG fuelling infrastructure but has increasingly focused on greener energy sources such as Bio Gas and Hydrogen. “CRYO Shipping is cooperating with major players in the hydrogen industry, and initially serving the bold Norwegian shipowners,” a spokesperson for the firm said.


NCS Finland introduces LNG-fuelled tractor

Finnish transport and logistics company NCS Finland has introduced its first LNG-fuelled Volvo tractor, in partnership with subcontractor Pinecape. “LNG was the natural choice for us since it meets existing and future emissions targets… Our customers are increasingly interested in cutting emissions in transport and require more environmentally friendly alternatives. We want to impact the environment through our own operations and the easiest way to do this is to change the transport fleet,” Jarmo Halonen, COO of NCS Finland, commented. The firm specialises in road transport across Europe and carries more than 30 000 consignments each year. The new LNG-fuelled tractor can complete long-distance transport of up to 1,000 kilometres on a tankful of natural gas, with lower fuel costs than for diesel.


Consortium launches marine fuel DNA tracker

A consortium of developers has completed a successful trial of a blockchain and DNA-based tracking solution that promises to bring ‘more transparency and traceability” to the marine fuels supply chain. A unique tracer was added to 900 cubic meters of ISO 8217:2010 compliant fuel, bunkered on the Boskalis-owned dredger, Prins der Nederlanden. Succesful detection using on-board analysis was completed in ‘less than a minute’ and the test logged simultaneously on a blockchain-based transaction record. “With the product portfolio in the marine energy market becoming increasingly complex and diverse in the near future our focus is on expertise and continuously developing of member protection tools,” Harry Vasse, General Director at Cooperative Bebeka, said. The partnership between BunkerTrace, Cooperative Bebeka, Boskalis and Minerva demonstrated the system in Vlissingen, Netherlands. “It’s unsurprising that owners, insurers and operators are worried about the quality of fuel available as shipping scrambles for available product post-2020 that will see more fragmentation in fuel supplies as more fuel is blended to meet compliance… We’ve had a high level of interest in the product so far, and this is an important step on the way to rolling this out to the market,” Marc Johnson, CEO BunkerTrace, commented.


Vard completes LNG bunker tanker design

Naval architect Vard Marine has finalized a concept desing for a new LNG bunker tanker, to be built by its sister company Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The proposed vessel will feature 5,400-cubic-metre capacity and is expected to be built by November 2021. The tanker will include four IMO Type C tanks, each with capacity of 1,350 cubic metres. It will also feature cargo handling equipment for continuous cargo conditioning and to provide multiple levels of redundancy to maintain the LNG cargo’s pressure and temperature.