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French shipping line Brittany Ferries is to expand its LNG-fuelled fleet with the addition of three new vessels from this year onward.
Free ReadA consortium of European fuelling specialists has launched plans to develop a new LNG terminal in Northern Germany that will act as a regional bunkering hub. The German LNG Terminal…
A switch to LNG as a marine fuel can deliver emission reductions of up to 21% over the short term, according to the latest data from energy consultancy thinkstep. 
Power equipment manufacturer MAN Cryo has delivered and installed an LNG fuel gas system aboard Italian ferry vessel Elio. 
Free ReadCryogenic equipment supplier Cryostar has launched a new mobile LNG station in the Netherlands.  Launched in partnership with Dutch fuel merchant Rolande, the mobile LNG unit was deployed at the…
Offshore engineering solutions provider Keppel has partnered with classification society DNV GL to promote LNG as a ship fuel and boost uptake across the industry. 
Industry consortium SEA\LNG has welcomed its first port member in North America with the addition of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA). 
Joint venture fuel supplier Marine LNG Zeebrugge has signed an agreement with Norwegian energy group Equinor for provision of LNG to multiple crude shuttle tankers at the port of Rotterdam. 
Free ReadThe Gothenburg Port Authority has launched a new bunkering app to ease the use of LNG bunkering at the Energy Port on the west coast of Sweden.  The digital solution…
Norwegian shipping line Knutsen OAS has selected Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä for the supply and installation of an integrated LNG propulsion and cargo handling solution on a newbuild vessel. 
Singaporean tanker operator AET has completed the first ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering of its newest Aframax tankers at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. 
Free ReadLNG-fuelled container feeder vessel Wes Amelie has completed a world first ship-to-ship refuelling operation, having bunkered with the world’s largest LNG supply vessel Kairos in Sweden.  The operation was completed…
The world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker vessel, Polaris, has completed bunkering operations in Finland, ahead of planned operation in the Arctic. 
Infrastructure provider BUA Group is to utilise LNG fuel to power a new cement production facility under construction in Nigeria. 

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.