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Free ReadA new study analysing the impacts on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a switch to LNG as a marine fuel has concluded that reductions of up to 23% are achievable.…
Energy major Total has completed the first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering operation in France.
Thursday, 06 May 2021
Maritime transport group ADNOC Logistics and Services has announced the acquisition of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), equipped to run on LNG.
Asset management group Atlas has announced a major investment in its LNG fleet, ordering 10 dual-fuel containership newbuilds via subsidiary Seaspan.
Free ReadAuthorities in Singapore have achieved the first containership LNG refuelling in Asia, completing ship-to-ship bunkering from the FueLNG Bellina. The landmark bunkering operation saw the containership CMA CGM Scandola refuel…
Authorities in Japan have waived port entry fees for LNG-fuelled vessels at several key ports.
Energy major Shell is to extend its LNG refuelling capacity with the charter of a new bunkering supply vessel in Spain.
Free ReadThe first LNG bunkering vessel in Norway has completed gas and sea trials and received classification from standards agency Bureau Veritas. Systems integration firm Høglund Marine Solutions assisted in the…
LNG bunkering activity in Spain witnessed a meteoric rise in 2020, with the number of refuelling operations quadrupling, according to figures from Spanish gas firm Gasnam.
Certification agency Korean Register (KR) and shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have completed a record ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Okpo Shipyard, South Korea.
Norwegian transport fuel specialist Cryo Shipping has announced the completion of one of the largest LNG bunkering operations in Asia.
Free ReadShipping firm Brittany Ferries has announced the launch of the first LNG-powered ferry to serve the UK. The Salamanca was launched from the CMJL shipyard in Weihai, China at a…
Authorities in Singapore have received the island’s first LNG bunkering vessel, the FueLNG Bellina.
Integrated distributor Avenir LNG has announced the launch of the largest dual-purpose LNG supply and bunkering vessel in China.

News Nudges

JAX LNG bunkers Sakura Leader

Fuelling specialist Pivotal LNG has completed first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of NYK Line’s Sakura Leader at the JAX LNG facility in Florida. The vessel loaded approximately 800 tonnes of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge — the Clean Canaveral — owned by Polaris New Energy. It marks the first time the Sakura Leader sailed to the US East Coast from Japan and was the first time the vessel received LNG bunkering in the US. “We are honoured to have earned the trust and confidence to fuel Sakura Leader and to demonstrate our unique ability to serve NYK LINE,” said Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG, said. The JAX LNG small-scale LNG facility is part of the Jacksonville Port Authority and is owned by BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, and Northstar Midstream.

LNG bunkering market to top US$400m by 2031

The LNG bunkering market is set to reach US$417.8 million by 2031, according to findings from consultancy Transparency Market Research (TMR). The TMR research suggests that the LNG Bunkering Market will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2022 to 2031, driven by ‘massive adoption’ in bulk and general cargo fleets as a result of stringent regulations on emissions. “The study authors observed that Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) are committed to promote LNG as a fuel of choice for new vessels, thereby boosting the LNG bunkering market outlook. Stridently, firms are collaborating with the GECF to comply with stricter environmental regulations in the coming years, which will spur the adoption of LNG bunkering fuels,” a spokesperson for TMR commented. The firm notes that Asia Pacific held a key share of the LNG bunkering market in 2021 as many Asian economies have grown their investments on LNG fuel supply businesses. Notably Japan, Singapore and India present opportunities and are expected to drive increases in the number of dedicated LNG bunkering facilities in the near term.

EGAS signs LNG bunkering project LOI

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) is reported to have signed a Letter of Intent with a consortium of international energy firms to develop a joint venture LNG bunkering project in Egypt. The consortium includes Shell International, Pyramid Navigation, Affinity and Eagle Gas Shipping and follows a memorandum of understanding signed by EGAS in July with Kanfer Shipping and Leth Suez Transit. Energy Minister Tarek El Molla said Egypt was taking concrete steps to cooperate with international companies to reduce carbon emissions and establish the country as a hub for LNG bunkering in the region.

Rotterdam LNG bunkering volumes decline in Q3

Authorities at the port of Rotterdam have reported a year-on-year fall in LNG bunkering volumes for the third quarter of 2022. LNG volumes were 113,701 cubic metres at Europe’s largest bunkering port, a decline of 46.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2021. For the year to October, LNG bunkering volumes were also down by 42.8 percent year-on-year, hitting just 289,002 cubic metres. Despite the fall in LNG bunkering, the port saw a huge increase in total LNG throughput, driven by the demand for alternative sources to Russian pipeline gas. The port saw total LNG throughput hit 8.62 million tonnes in the January to September period, compared to 4.96 million tonnes in the year before.