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Integrated distributor Avenir LNG has signed a time charter party agreement with Shell for an LNG bunkering supply vessel to serve North American markets.
Free ReadDanish pump specialist Svanehøj has reported that soaring demand for LNG-fuelled newbuilds last year resulted in a four-fold increase in sales of fuel pump solutions, with further steep growth forecast.…
Marine solutions firm Crowley Maritime has partnered with energy group Shell to build and operate the largest LNG bunker barge in the US.
Tanker operator AET has completed its first LNG bunkering operation in the US, refuelling a dual-fuel Aframax tanker in Florida.
Free ReadOil and gas firm Petronas has conducted its first LNG bunkering operation on the island of Borneo, refuelling via its dedicated LNG bunker vessel, Avenir Advantage. The bunker operation was…
A consortium of maritime and energy firms in Turkey has announced plans to develop a major new LNG bunkering hub in the country.
South African transport firm Imperial Logistics has expanded its UK fleet, with 18 new bioLNG-fuelled trucks from Italian manufacturer Iveco.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Italian gas station developer SGIG is to add a new LNG fuelling facility near Parma in the north of Italy.
Free ReadFuelling specialist Tote Maritime has completed the first bunkering of a marine vessel with ‘renewable’ LNG in the US, at the JAX LNG facility in Jacksonville. The refuelling operation was…
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Fuel specialist Dover Group has completed the acquisition of Dutch LNG equipment maker Liqal, as it targets sustained growth in the LNG and hydrogen fuelling sectors.
Spanish gas firms Redexis and Compañía Española de Petróleos (Cepsa) have inaugurated a new refuelling station in Madrid.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Malaysian energy firm Petronas has reported a strong increase in LNG bunkering activity in the first half of 2021 as its Virtual Pipeline System (VPS) deliveries grew.
Free ReadTour operator Ponant has completed the first LNG bunkering of a cruise ship in France. The firm carried out refuelling operations for its new high polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant…
Standards agency Bureau Veritas has approved plans for the first LNG bunkering vessel designed in Malaysia.

News Nudges

JAX LNG bunkers Sakura Leader

Fuelling specialist Pivotal LNG has completed first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of NYK Line’s Sakura Leader at the JAX LNG facility in Florida. The vessel loaded approximately 800 tonnes of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge — the Clean Canaveral — owned by Polaris New Energy. It marks the first time the Sakura Leader sailed to the US East Coast from Japan and was the first time the vessel received LNG bunkering in the US. “We are honoured to have earned the trust and confidence to fuel Sakura Leader and to demonstrate our unique ability to serve NYK LINE,” said Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG, said. The JAX LNG small-scale LNG facility is part of the Jacksonville Port Authority and is owned by BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, and Northstar Midstream.

LNG bunkering market to top US$400m by 2031

The LNG bunkering market is set to reach US$417.8 million by 2031, according to findings from consultancy Transparency Market Research (TMR). The TMR research suggests that the LNG Bunkering Market will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2022 to 2031, driven by ‘massive adoption’ in bulk and general cargo fleets as a result of stringent regulations on emissions. “The study authors observed that Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) are committed to promote LNG as a fuel of choice for new vessels, thereby boosting the LNG bunkering market outlook. Stridently, firms are collaborating with the GECF to comply with stricter environmental regulations in the coming years, which will spur the adoption of LNG bunkering fuels,” a spokesperson for TMR commented. The firm notes that Asia Pacific held a key share of the LNG bunkering market in 2021 as many Asian economies have grown their investments on LNG fuel supply businesses. Notably Japan, Singapore and India present opportunities and are expected to drive increases in the number of dedicated LNG bunkering facilities in the near term.

EGAS signs LNG bunkering project LOI

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) is reported to have signed a Letter of Intent with a consortium of international energy firms to develop a joint venture LNG bunkering project in Egypt. The consortium includes Shell International, Pyramid Navigation, Affinity and Eagle Gas Shipping and follows a memorandum of understanding signed by EGAS in July with Kanfer Shipping and Leth Suez Transit. Energy Minister Tarek El Molla said Egypt was taking concrete steps to cooperate with international companies to reduce carbon emissions and establish the country as a hub for LNG bunkering in the region.

Rotterdam LNG bunkering volumes decline in Q3

Authorities at the port of Rotterdam have reported a year-on-year fall in LNG bunkering volumes for the third quarter of 2022. LNG volumes were 113,701 cubic metres at Europe’s largest bunkering port, a decline of 46.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2021. For the year to October, LNG bunkering volumes were also down by 42.8 percent year-on-year, hitting just 289,002 cubic metres. Despite the fall in LNG bunkering, the port saw a huge increase in total LNG throughput, driven by the demand for alternative sources to Russian pipeline gas. The port saw total LNG throughput hit 8.62 million tonnes in the January to September period, compared to 4.96 million tonnes in the year before.