In this issue

 

LNG bunker vessel Coral Methane has completed its first ship-to-ship refuelling operation, in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 
Free ReadFollowing a tipping point for LNG as a marine fuel last year, industry demand is expected to increase sharply in 2019, according to multi-sector coalition SEA\LNG.  In an outlook statement SEA\LNG…
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Spanish fuel specialist HAM Group has opened the first LNG fuelling station in Extremadura, in western Spain. 
Thursday, 31 January 2019
LNG equipment developer LIQAL has secured a contract for turnkey realization of an LNG refuelling station in Heverlee, Belgium. 
Free ReadFuel specialist Galileo has introduced the first fleet of LNG-powered t heavy-duty trucks in Argentina.  The firm announced it will operate six new Scania G340 trucks fuelled by LNG at…
The port of Rotterdam has introduced the first LNG-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredger to the Netherlands. 
Free ReadRussian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has placed an order for the construction of three new LNG-fuelled tankers byUnited Shipbuilding Corporation.  The MR-class vessels will each have a deadweight of…
Swedish shipping line Rederi Gotland has taken delivery of its new LNG-fuelled ferry – Visborg - in Sweden. 
Free ReadResearch consortium BioLNG EuroNet has announced plans to expand LNG infrastructure across Europe with investment in LNG trucks, refuelling stations and a BioLNG production plant.  The consortium, which includes Shell,…
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Free ReadKorean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding (DHSC) has received accreditation for a new LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker design.  The 115,000 deadweight-tonne tanker design received Approval in Principle from standards agency DNV GL, paving…
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. 

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.