Marine transportation and fuel storage specialist Teekay Offshore has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG-fuelled tankers.
Scandinavian fuel supplier Skangas has signed an agreement with the UK’s National Grid for provision of LNG via the Isle of Grain import terminal.
Fuelling specialists LIQAL and Technical Services Group (TSG) have signed a partnership for the resale and servicing of LNG fuelling systems for road transport.
Cryogenic membrane containment developer GTT and technology group Wärtsilä have finalized a cooperation agreement to explore potential business opportunities in relation to LNG for the marine sector.
Maritime services firm KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course designed to teach crew and port staff best practice to conduct bunkering processes safely.
Uptake of LNG as a fuel for shipping has so far proven slower than expected but is now primed to accelerate, according to the latest research from standards agency DNV GL.
The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presided over the launch of the UK’s first LNG passenger ferry on the Clyde in Scotland.
Malaysian oil major Petronas has signed an agreement with Argo Engineering and Eastport Marine to provide LNG services in Labuan, Malaysia.
The French government has backed a strategy that places LNG at the centre of maritime policy and focuses on new energy solutions to improve competitivity of the country’s ports.
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has signed an LNG supply deal with Shell for two next-generation cruise ships as it hailed the fuel as the “technology of the future”.
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä is to supply control systems and storage solutions for a new LNG-fuelled articulated tug barge (ATB) on behalf of fuel specialist Q-LNG.
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce has unveiled designs for a hybrid luxury yacht powered by LNG and attendant bunkering barge featuring advanced ship intelligence.
Shipping line CMA CGM has announced that nine new ultra-large vessels - the largest containerships ever built – will be fuelled by LNG.
Transportation and logistics firm Tote has contracted engineering firm MAN Diesel & Turbo to retrofit two vessels for LNG operation.
Suardiaz receives multi-fuel Bunker Breeze
Shipping line Suardiaz Energy Shipping has taken delivery of its new multi-fuel bunker vessel, Bunker Breeze, from Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao. The 5,250-deadweight-tonne vessel features capacity for LNG bunker fuel via four cylindrical, deck-mounted, pressure vessel tanks, each of 300 cubic metres capcity. The vessel can also store up to 4,000 cubic metres of fuel oil and 1,000 cubic meters of marine diesel oil via 10 underdeck tanks. Development of the Bunker Breeze was supported financially by the European Union-backed Core LNGas hive initiative, which encourages distribution infrastructure development to allow the use of LNG as a transport fuel, especially for ships, on the Iberian Peninsula.
Singapore to strengthen role as LNG hub
Russian energy firm Novatek Authorities in Singapore have outlined plans to ensure it retains its regional crown as LNG bunkering hub moving forward. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is currently co-funding the construction of eight LNG-fuelled vessels that will serve in local waters and 15 truck-to-ship (TTS) LNG bunkering operations have so far been carried out. A working group, comprising the MPA and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, is currently assessing the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker registers ISO 20519
New specifications for bunkering of LNG-fuelled vessels have been registered by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker in Russia. “Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has translated and adapted international standard ISO 20519, Ships and marine technology – Specification for bunkering of liquefied natural gas fuelled vessels, adopted in 2017. This document has been listed on the Federal Register of Standards Applicable in the Russian Federation, Registration No 1175/ISO dated 29.08.2018” Elena Kapysh of Gazpromneft stated. The new document covers support for the IMO International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) and sets requirements which are not covered by IGF and IGC Codes. “In particular it contains requirements to fuel transfer systems, operational procedures, training of personnel as well as reporting and documentation. The new standard specifies basic requirements to ships supplying/accepting bunker, to LNG bunkering procedure to be approved by port authorities basing on HAZID and HAZOP analysis of the LNG bunkering operation,” Kapysh added.
DNV GL launches Alternative Fuels Insight platform
Standards agency DNV GL is launching a new Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform offering a comprehensive and continually updated overview of LNG and alternative fuel projects, bunkering infrastructure, suppliers, and technologies. “Initial focus is on LNG bunkering infrastructure and uptake of LNG, scrubbers and batteries on ships, but other fuels are also covered to some extent. The platform consolidates a wealth of detailed technical information on these fuels and technologies, and both content and features will be further improved and expanded over time,” Martin Christian Wold, Senior Consultant at DNV GL, commented. Most of the information in the AFI platform will be free to access.
Yanmar supplies LNG tug engines
Japanese engine manufacturer Yanmar has delivered two engines to Kanagawa Dockyard for installation on the first LNG-fuelled tug constructed in Japan based on the IGF Code. The 6EY26DF dual-fuel commercial marine engines will be installed on a tug, under construction for Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), which will be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat. The tug is scheduled scheduled for completion in February 2019 and to begin operation commercially in April 2019.