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The government of South Korea plans to introduce new legislation to ‘revitalise’ LNG-related shipbuilding in the country. 
Shipping line Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have completed concept designs for a new LNG-fuelled bulk carrier. 
Record demand for LNG from shipping lines may be set to make it “the marine fuel of the 21st Century”, according to the latest research by consultancy Drewry Maritime. 
Free ReadBelgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys has started operations at the port of Antwerp to deliver LNG fuel for ships and barges.  The firm has taken over the concession for…
Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi has taken delivery of the first of six new LNG-fuelled tankers, Fure Vinga. 
LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has loaded the first LNG fuel at its Eagle LNG Partners liquefaction facility near Jacksonville, Florida. 
Shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has held a naming ceremony for the first dual-fuel LNG tug in South East Asia. 
Free ReadLNG technology development consortium Forward Maritime Group has signed a Letter of Intent for 20 LNG-fuelled bulker vessels.  The advanced forward bulker 84-LNG bulk carriers will be constructed by Singapore-listed shipbuilder Jiangsu…
Authorities at the port of Rotterdam are reportedly planning the first ship-to-ship LNG refuelling operation at the port for June. 
Automotive manufacturer Volvo has launched its new LNG-fuelled heavy-duty truck in Finland and carried out the first refuelling operations in Turku on the southwest coast of the country. 
Free ReadShipping association the Baltic and International Maritime Council has adopted new standard Bunker Terms that are expected to boost harmonisation across the shipping industry.  The revised contract aims to “reduce…
Advanced infrastructure for drydocking and modification work in Singapore is set to boost the island-state’s role as a regional LNG hub, according to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 
Russian oil major Gazprom Neft has announced plans to construct the country's first LNG bunker barge by 2020. 
Free ReadShipping line Sinanju Tankers has placed an order for Singapore’s first LNG-fuelled bunker tanker.  The order was placed through Sinanju’s partner for the project, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Group, and the…

News Nudges

Excelerate, Equinor complete first STS LNG transfer in Bahamas

Fuel specialist Excelerate Energy and oil and gas major Equinor Energy have completed the first ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas. The bunkering operation was carried out between Excelerate's floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor's LNG carrier Arctic Voyager. "Excelerate conducted the industry's first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas. This new STS location allows us to provide additional commercial flexibility to our customers and respond to prompt market needs in a safe and reliable manner,” Daniel Bustos, Excelerate's Chief Commercial Officer, said. The procedure involved transfer of a full LNG cargo, with fuel transferred using a double-banked LNG transfer system while the vessels were moored at Equinor's South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal. To date, Excelerate has successfully transferred over 170,900,000 cubic meters of LNG using its STS protocol, with over 1,300 involving third-party vessels.


Algeciras plans LNG bunkering expansion

Authorities at the Port of Algeciras in Spain have announced plans to expand LNG bunkering operations as it forecasts that demand for LNG, from vessels operating in the Strait of Gibraltar, will hit approximately 1.8 million cubic meters by 2030. Speaking at the recent CORE LNGas Hive Conference III, general director of the Port Authority of Algeciras (APBA), José Luis Hormaechea, highlighted the important role the port intends to play in the supply picture. The commitment follows an agreement with utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for LNG supply to the port of Algeciras, with an option to extend to all peninsular ports.


Klaipėda announces LNG Forum

Authorities at the port of Klaipėda are to host an LNG forum as part of a drive to cement the port’s position as an LNG distribution and technology development centre serving the Baltic Sea region. An estimated 200 participants from Lithuania and abroad have registered for the event over the course of two days. The Port of Klaipėda is one of the few ice-free ports in northernmost Europe, and the largest in Lithuania.