Maritime specialists Oceania Marine Energy (OME) and Kanfer Shipping have announced plans to create the world’s first ammonia-ready LNG bunkering vessel.
Demand for LNG as a bunker fuel is set to triple between 2020 and 2024, according to the latest research from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Nordic gas firm Gasnor has signed a deal with German oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea to secure LNG deliveries for supply vessels on the Norwegian shelf.
Fuel specialists Peninsula Petroleum and Scale Gas are to launch a new LNG bunkering vessel for operation in the Strait of Gibraltar.
The partners signed an agreement covering construction, joint ownership and charter for the vessel, which will be based in Algeciras Port.
“This project is one of many initiatives around Peninsula’s strategic pillars: customer centricity, sustainability and technology,” John A. Bassadone, CEO of Peninsula said, adding that “this vessel will hopefully be the first of many that will offer flexibility and solutions across our global network to our customers.”
The new vessel will have capacity of 12,500 cubic metres and will be chartered exclusively by Peninsula through an initial seven-year contract. It will refuel via Enagás’ regasification plants, mainly Huelva in Andalusia.
“This agreement is the culmination of a three-year project that consolidates Scale Gas as a relevant player in investment in LNG bunkering infrastructures, one of its major strategic lines,” Oscar Maciñeiras, CEO of Scale Gas said.
Scale Gas is a subsidiary of Spanish energy company and transmission system operator Enagás and is a key division in the group’s vision to develop the use of LNG as a maritime transitional fuel.
“Having the support of a company like Enagás is an incredibly positive and exciting development. As one of the largest physical suppliers of marine fuels globally, this is the first step of our transition to a more sustainable future,” Bassadone commented.
The vessel will be built by South Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo and is scheduled for delivery in June 2023.
Funding for the project was partly supplied by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility, which contributed €11 million via a consortium of Enagás, Scale Gas and the Algeciras Port Authority. The agreement between Peninsula and Scale Gas was further supported by the LNGhive 2 strategy, driven by state-owned ports management Puertos del Estado.
Record bunker of HL Green
Headquartered in Gibraltar, Peninsula operates a global bunker fuel supply chain and provides a variety of services in marine energy storage, supply and solutions. In February the firm completed a world first in Malaysian waters, bunkering the HL Green, the world’s largest LNG-powered bulk carrier.
A total of 2,760 cubic metres of LNG was transferred to the vessel, with bunkering operations complete in partnership with Petronas Marine, H-Line, and charterer POSCO.
“Delivery took place safely and was completed within 20 hours, a record time for the quantity supplied, including the cooling down of an LNG tank,” Nacho De Miguel, lead for Peninsula’s LNG business, said.
Indonesian firm Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) has a signed an agreement with Pertamina International Shipping (PIS) to develop long-term LNG bunkering infrastructure on the island of Java.
An international coalition of industrial firms has announced plans to explore the development of BioLNG production at a large port in France.
Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has implemented new measures to support LNG fuelling, reducing port dues for qualifying vessels.
The authority has changed its harbour craft port dues to provide a discount for floating storage units (FSUs) and floating storage regassification units (FSRUs) that support LNG refuelling activities or related infrastructure on the island.
“The MPA has introduced a new harbour craft port dues concession to support the deployment of FSUs/ FSRUs in Singapore for LNG bunkering and breakbulk activities,” a spokesperson for the authority said.
Under the new concession terms, the authority will offer a 50% discount on harbour craft port dues, up to S$600,000 annually per craft, for a period of five consecutive years.
“The company operating the FSU/FSRU will be required to provide an undertaking to MPA that the FSU/FSRU 2 would support LNG bunkering activities or LNG bunkering and breakbulk activities, with an estimate of such volumes over a 5-year consecutive period,” the MPA adds.
To gain the discount, the FSU or FSRU must be licensed as harbour craft and Singapore-flagged and must be deployed at a berth approved by the Port Master and not at anchorage. The vessel will not be allowed to leave the Port of Singapore during the five-year period without approval by the Port Master.
Bunker capacity growth
The MPA has been active in increase LNG bunkering capacity in Singapore this year, awarding a third LNG bunker supplier licence to Total Marine Fuels in February.
The authority notes that the island’s first LNG bunker tanker, FueLNG Bellina, began bunkering tankers in April and that since March it has been conducting regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations, with simultaneous cargo operations, for ocean-going LNG-fuelled container vessels.
The license signed with Total is part of a wider relationship between the French energy major and Singapore and follows a 10-year agreement signed between Total and state-owned Pavilion Energy to develop an LNG bunker supply chain in the port of Singapore.
Shipping line MSC and energy major Shell have signed a far-reaching agreement to decarbonise maritime transport, citing LNG as a promising pathway for emission reduction.