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Free ReadMaritime consultancy Kasi Group is to launch an LNG bunkering simulator in Sabah, Malaysia, marking a first for LNG training in the country. The simulator has been designed to provide…
Chinese clean energy specialist ENN Energy has signed a contract for the construction of China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel.
Finnish gas supplier Gasum has announced ambitious plans to create a network of 50 LNG refuelling stations across the Nordic region by next year.
Cryogenic storage specialist Chart Ferrox has commissioned the first LNG filling station in Sweden as it aims to meet growing demand from the regional haulage industry.
Free ReadFinnish energy group Gasum has announced the successful first bunkering of its vessel Coralius at the refining area of the port of Rotterdam. The arrival of the ship marked a…
Fuel transport specialist Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG) is set to launch the world’s first LNG bunker articulated tug barge (ATB) in 2020. 
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. 

News Nudges

2021 a ‘defining year’ for LNG

Research consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts that 2021 will be a ‘defining year’ for the LNG industry as policymakers drive forward change around the globe. “Decarbonising natural gas will become a strategic priority for the gas industry,” Massimo Di Odoardo, vice president at Wood Mackenzie, said. “Following a raft of LNG project cancellations last year, current high prices will have emboldened LNG developers. However, for new projects to be developed, contract activity will need to pick up. Buyers will be looking to assess their portfolio requirements and just how comfortable they are in committing for new long-term firm LNG vs increasing their spot market exposure.”


Titan, NYK sign Green Zeebrugge charter agreement

Fuel specialist Titan LNG and shipping firm NYK Line have signed a charter agreement for the LNG bunker vessel Green Zeebrugge. The agreement will see Titan LNG charter the vessel from February for the bunkering of LNG in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. “We are excited to announce the chartering of the Green Zeebrugge. January has proven exceptionally busy, underlining the timeliness of our decision to secure this additional capacity. Titan LNG carried out seven LNG operations during one weekend, three of which were to large crude shuttle tankers from Equinor, a term contract partner of Titan’s. Using the Green Zeebrugge we were able to ensure safe and timely deliveries to all the vessels,” Michael Schaap, Commercial Director at Titan LNG, commented.


Venice LNG facility gains approval

Authorities in Italy’s Veneto Region have approved plans for the construction and operation of a new LNG terminal and bunkering infrastructure. Supported by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority and co-financed by the European Commission under the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) initiative the Venice LNG Facility represents €18.5 million investment and is expected to include significant LNG bunkering infrastructure.


Wärtsilä Extends Golar dual-fuel maintenance agreement

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a agreement with Golar Management Norway for maintenance on 16 dual-fuel LNG carriers. The five-year extension contract includes four vessels with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and two with 34DF and Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. “We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Wärtsilä with this service agreement extension. Wärtsilä’s digital remote support capabilities have proved to be of great value for us, saving both time and costs by often eliminating the need to have service people sent onboard in person.” Øistein Dahl, Managing Director of Golar Management Norway, said. The agreement includes dynamic maintenance planning and asset diagnostics, under a predictive maintenance strategy and is complimented by round-the-clock remote support and advice from Wärtsilä Expertise Centres.