Energy major Shell has signed a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for a new LNG bunker barge to expand it bunkering network in the U.S.
Authorities at the port of Gothenburg have completed the first simultaneous LNG bunkering and ship loading operation at quayside.
Japanese commodities firm Sojitz has acquired LNG firm First State Regasificadora (FSR).
Nordic LNG specialist Skangas has completed the first small scale LNG loading at a facility on Melkøya island outside Hammerfest in Norway.
The government of Malta is to explore the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure across the island, following a €600,000 research grant from the European Union.
The market for LNG bunkering is set to grow solidly over the coming decade reaching record levels by 2025, according to the latest figures from consultancy Transparency Market Research.
A manufacturing consortium led by engineering firm Kooiman Marine Group has been contracted to start manufacture of Titan LNG’s FlexFueler LNG bunkering pontoon.
The government of Japan has announced plans to invest US$10 billion to support Asian LNG growth and improve uptake of LNG bunkering.
Specialist LNG firm Skangas has completed the first synchronised cool down and bunkering operation to switch a vessel from diesel to LNG at sea, at Danafjord outside Gothenburg.
Energy major Shell has signed a long-term agreement with shipping line Siem Car Carriers to supply LNG for two newbuild vessels.
Trains running on the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo railway in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia are set to become some of the first to be powered by LNG.
Maritime fuelling consortium Gas4Sea has been selected by Norwegian energy group Statoil as LNG marine fuel supplier at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Engineering firm Bakker Sliedrecht is to supply power packages for the world’s first LNG-fuelled offshore installation vessel, Orion.
Finnish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has installed the world’s first hybrid energy storage solution for an offshore vessel, combining a battery pack with LNG-fuelled engines.
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.