In this issue

 

Standards agency DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have signed a joint development project agreement to develop a new LNG-fuelled ultra large container vessel (ULCV). 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Free ReadLNG development consortium the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) has concluded work to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax for transport of iron ore and coal from Australia to China.  The…
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Chinese gas distributor ENN Energy has ordered China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel. 
Russian state-run shipping company Sovcomflot has completed the maiden voyage of its LNG-fuelled crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect. 
Free ReadThe European Union has announced it will invest €2.9 million in the expansion of the LNG filling station network in Finland by national energy firm Gasum.  Delivered under the EU’s…
Tanker operator AET has received two LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers from shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. 
Thursday, 01 November 2018
Bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping has received the LNG-fuelled vessel Viikki from the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. 
LNG specialist Crowley Maritime has christened its new Commitment Class vessel El Coquí, marking the first combination container/roll-on, roll-off ship to be powered by the fuel. 
Free ReadEnergy firms Total and Pavilion Energy have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) to jointly develop LNG bunker infrastructure at the port of Singapore.  The wide-ranging deal will see Total…
Swedish engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply propulsion systems for the world’s first LNG-fuelled fishing trawler. 
A consortium of Japanese shipping and engineering companies has announced that the first LNG bunkering vessel in the country is expected to start operation in 2020. 
Supermarket group Lidl has announced plans to move its logistics operations in Switzerland from diesel to LNG fuel. 
Free ReadThe Gothenburg Port Authority has renewed and extended its tariff discounts for LNG, incentivising uptake of the fuel for operators at the port.  The GPA initiated a 10 per cent…
Rising demand for LNG at the port of Gothenburg is set to drive diversification of supply as specialist Swedegas has announced a supply deal with Norwegian gas supplier Barents NaturGass…

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.