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Spanish shipping line Baleària Group has announced plans to introduce the first two LNG-powered ferries in the Mediterranean. 
A surge in bunkering activity in 2018 is expected to mark the ‘tipping year’ for LNG as a fuel for ships, according to the Society Gas as a Marine Fuel…
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Estonian utility firm Eesti Gaas has announced plans to invest in a new LNG terminal or bunker ship to meet demand in the Baltic. 
Authorities at the Port of Tallinn have applied a discount on tonnage fees for LNG-fuelled vessels calling at the port. 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
French banking group Societe Generale has become the first financial institution to join multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG. 
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced plans to invest S$12 million to boost LNG bunkering at the Port of Singapore.  Around half of the investment will be…
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Singaporean LNG supplier Pavilion Gas has been awarded a contract by PSA Marine for the supply of LNG bunker fuel from 2019. 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Authorities in South Korea have backed investment in LNG-fuelled newbuild vessels as part of a strategy to restore the country’s position in the global shipbuilding sector. 
French energy firm Total has signed a strategic agreement with shipping line CMA CGM to provide LNG for its newest container ships. 
Shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with cargo firm Jumbo to construct an LNG-powered heavy-lift vessel.  The deal marks one of the largest heavy-lift…
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Marine transportation and fuel storage specialist Teekay Offshore has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG-fuelled tankers. 
Thursday, 14 December 2017
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.  The deal will see Netherlands-based LIQAL…
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. 

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.