First Gen shortlists FSRU project winners
First Gen LNG Corp, a subsidiary of the Philippines-based Lopez-led First Gen Corp, has chosen three preferred bidders to participate in a competitive selection process (CSP) for an FSRU project. “The three preferred tenders selected by FGEN LNG to participate in the FSRU tender process for the chartering of an FSRU for the project are BW Gas, GasLog LNG Services and Höegh LNG Asia Pte Ltd,” First Gen said in a statement.
Nakilat brings another Q-Max in-house
Nakilat has assumed full shipmanagement and operations of the 2008-built Q-Max ’Bu Samra’ from Shell. The switch, which took effect on 8th July, was part of the second phase of its planned fleet management transition programme. She is the third LNGC to come under Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd’s (NSQL) management this year, bringing the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 22, comprising 18 LNGCs and four LPG carriers.
LISCR hires former USCG LNG expert
The Liberian Registry has appointed Dallas Smith as the Director of LNG and Offshore Technology. He also takes on the role as General Manager of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry’s (LISCR) new Houston Office. LISCR claimed that this move solidifies its position as a leading LNGC flag state. Smith has had over 20 years of experience as an officer in the US Coast Guard. Before his retirement last month, he was head of the USCG Liquefied Gas National Centre of Expertise, where he was responsible for executing the USCG’s entire liquefied gas safety, security, and environmental compliance mission worldwide.
COSCO completes small-scale LNGC repairs
China’s Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry has completed repairs on a 30,000 cu m LNGC, the second LNGC repair job undertaken by the yard. Repairs were carried out on the CNOOC-owned small-scale LNGC, ‘Hai Yang Shi You 301’, which was drydocked at Cosco’s Guandong shipyard. The work took 28 days and the ship left the yard on 13th July. Cosco said the inspection and repair work involved the vessels’ dual-fuel main engine, liquid cargo pump and liquid cargo control system. This ship is the first Chinese C-type LNGC featuring bi-lobe cargo tanks. She was built in 2015 by Jiangnan Shipyard and is fitted with four TGE Marine C-type cargo tanks and a Wärtsilä dual-fuel propulsion system.
Hudong to deliver third Yamal LNG carrier
China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding is set to deliver a third conventional Yamal LNGC out of a series of four. The shipbuilder said that the 174,000 cu m ‘LNG Phecda’ left the Shanghai shipyard for gas trials on 3rd July. Each of the 290 m long LNGCs, ordered by Mitsui OSK (MOL) and COSCO Shipping, features WinGD dual-fuel X-DF engines and GTT’s cargo containment system. The fourth, ‘LNG Megrez’, is currently under construction. Elsewhere, on 15th July, GasLog took delivery of the 180,000 cu m ‘GasLog Westminster’, fitted with WinGD’s X-DF propulsion and GTT’s Mark III Flex containment system. GasLog said that the vessel was delivered on time and on budget and will immediately commence a seven-year charter with a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica. She is the third of seven vessels scheduled for delivery during 2020-21, all of which are fully funded and together are expected to generate around $145 mill of EBITDA per annum. Last week, Dutch gas shipping company, Anthony Veder reportedly took delivery of a 30,000 cu m LNGC from China’s Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding in Ningbo. She is the dual-fuelled ‘Coral Encanto’ primarily operating on LNG as a fuel but with the option to switch to conventional marine fuels. Anthony Veder announced the purchase of the 181.3 m long small-scale LNGC fitted with type C tanks from Xinle in April, 2019.
Indonesia expects to ship about 203 LNG cargoes from its Tangguh and Bontang facilities this year. The deputy head of finance at Indonesian oil and gas regulator SKK Migas, Arief Setiawan Handoko, told Reuters that Bontang will deliver about 82 cargoes while Tangguh is expected to supply about 121 cargoes. Between January/June this year, Indonesia accounted for 104.8 cargoes.