In this issue


Thursday, 04 April 2019
Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard and Classification society DNV GL have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement for a new 270,000 cu m LNGC – the largest ship of this type.
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Nakilat has established a new joint venture, ‘Global Shipping Co Ltd’, with Maran Ventures.
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Free ReadThere were several long term charters and only one order reported recently. For example, Samsung has confirmed an order from Nisshin Shipping for an 180,000 cu m LNGC. The price…
Teekay LNG Partners recently signed a full fleet partnership with the New York-based startup, Nautilus Labs, aimed at enhancing the efficiency of its LNGCs.
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has successfully completed its first FSRU project.
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Free ReadThe 2009-built Shipping Corp of India (SCI) managed LNGC ‘Aseem’ was still anchored off Fujairah on 2nd April with collision damage, according to Marine Traffic. The LNGC allegedly struck the…
Since the New Panama Canal has been in operation, Nakilat’s LPG vessels have transited through the Canal 16 times, while the joint venture conventional LNGCs have completed 38 transits.
Since its launch in March, 2018 the Port Kembla Gas project has made significant progress and is in the last stage of preparation for the final investment decision (FID). 
Taiwanese state-owned utility Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) expects to import LNG by 2023. 
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Free ReadTexas LNG’s proposed Brownsville LNG export terminal took a step towards receiving US federal approval for construction last week after the energy regulator prepared a final environmental report (EIS).  The…
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Rotterdam-based LNG terminal operator, Gate is considering increasing capacity by up to 2 bill cu m per annum by installing additional send-out equipment.
Thursday, 21 March 2019
South Korea’s shipbuilding group Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a formal agreement to proceed with the acquisition of its rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). 
GAC has handled the first LNGC to berth at the newly opened LNG terminal at Kamarajar Port, Ennore in Chennai, India. 
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Free ReadIn an EU/US Joint Statement released earlier this month, it was revealed that EU LNG imports from the US rose by 181%, since their previous Joint Statement dated 25th July,…

News Nudges

GTT receives another two orders

At the end of September, GTT received two orders from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) for the tank design of two LNGCs. Each vessel will have a capacity of 174,000 cu m. GTT will design their tanks, which will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system. The SHI LNGC will be built for NYK and will be delivered during the third quarter of 2021. The HSHI LNGC will be built for an undisclosed Asian shipowner. The vessel’s delivery is scheduled for the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

DSME wins two LNGC contracts

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said in a stock exchange filing that it had received a contract to build two LNGCs for unidentified US interests. According to the filing, the order is worth KRW446.5 bill ($376.8 mill). Brokers have reported that BW Gas is behind the order and that they are options declared. Scheduled to be delivered by September, 2022, each LNGC will have a capacity of 174,000 cu m. DSME said that the vessels would feature MAN B&W ME-GI dual-fuel, 2-stroke, gas-injection engines and in-house full re-liquefaction systems (FRS).

Cheniere takes LNGC for period business

Brokers have reported that Cheniere has chartered the 160,000 cu m LNGC ‘Yari LNG’ for 12 months at $69,900 per day.

Record Panama LNGC transits

The Panama Canal has closed the 2019 fiscal year (FY19) with a record tonnage of 469 mill Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), a 6.2% increase compared to FY18. The waterway also exceeds the 450.7 mill PC/UMS tons projection for FY19, as well as the record tonnage of 442 mill PC/UMS tons registered in the previous fiscal year. During FY19, transits for the LNG and LPG segments rose by 37.6 and 6.9%, respectively, representing the largest gain across all segments. In terms of tonnage, LNGCs accounted for 43 mill PC/UMS tons.

PETRONAS conducts third LNG STS transfer

PETRONAS LNG recently completed its third LNG delivery via a ship-to-ship (STS) transfer. It took place in Brunei Bay, Sabah, Malaysia. The delivering vessel, ‘Seri Bijaksana’, transferred 80,000 cu m of LNG to ‘Polar Spirit’ and 62,000 cu m to ‘Lerici’. The two ships then delivered the two cargoes to Chinese receiving terminals. The 1993-built ‘Polar Spirit’ is operated by Teekay LNG Partners and the 1998-built ‘Lerici’ by MISC, according to VesselsValue. PETRONAS completed its first LNG STS operation in June, 2018, and the second in April, this year.

First Gen plans FSRU

It has been reported that First Gen is considering leasing an FSRU to regas LNG imports, which can yield savings on feed gas costs. The power supplier has fixed gas supply contracts with the consortium behind the sole producing gas field in the Philippines.

Delta LNG port proposal

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a notice stating that a public meeting concerning the proposed West Delta LNG deepwater port (DWP) license application will be held in Belle Chasse, Louisiana on 29th October. Written comments must be submitted by 6th November.

OLT launches consultation process

It is now possible to consult OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s website ( on the proposal to amend the Regasification Code, previously approved by ARERA. The modifications include the clarifications published during the Gas Year 2018/2019 on OLT’s website and also the greater flexibility for terminal users’ related to the allocation of capacity procedures. Comments on the Regasification Code must be sent by 19th November, 2019.