In this issue

 

Authorities in Singapore have launched the nation’s first LNG truck bunkering facility at a terminal on Jurong Island. 

LNG fuelling specialists Torgy LNG and LNG Supply BV have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop two small self-propelled LNG Bunker vessels. 

Belgian gas transmission system operator Fluxys has announced the completion of the first LNG bunkering operations with its new bunker vessel Engie Zeebrugge. 

Authorities in Slovenia are examining plans to develop LNG bunkering capabilities at the Port of Koper. 

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has received approval from  classification agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for an IMO Type B LNG fuel tank design. 

Energy major Shell has released details of its latest LNG bunker vessel design, featuring a specialised loading arm to provide safer bunkering for a wider range of ships. 

Authorities in India have announced plans to develop an LNG bunker station at Dharamtar Creek near Mumbai. 

The use of LNG as a transport fuel is expected to play a ‘significant role’ in the marine sector and improve air quality levels worldwide, according to research by the International Gas Union (IGU). 

Bunker specialist Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) is to partner with LNG supplier Pavilion Gas to develop LNG bunkering solutions in Singapore. 

Thursday, 06 April 2017

LNG-fuelling specialist Bomin Linde has rebranded as Nauticor following its acquisition in full by technology company Linde Group. 

The government of British Columbia is to support investment in a range of new LNG infrastructure projects for the  transport and marine sectors in Canada as part of its Climate Leadership Plan. 

Tanker operator AET has ordered four new LNG-fuelled Aframax tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). 

LNG specialist Skangas is set to receive its newbuild LNG bunker vessel - Coralius - in June from shipyard Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands. 

Cross-sector industry partnership SEA\LNG has announced the addition of three new members to its coalition with the membership of JAX LNG, Petronet LNG and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC). 

News Nudges

SCF selects WinGD LNG-fuelled 7X62DF engines

Russia’s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot (SCF) has awarded Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) a contract to supply dual-fuel engines for it the first ever LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers. The 7X62DF engines will feature X-DF low-pressure gas admission and are rated 13,800 kilowatts at 86 revolutions-per-minute. The engines comply with IMO Tier III limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in their gas fuel mode, and with IMO Tier II when burning liquid fuel. “Reducing both CAPEX and OPEX, the low-pressure gas admission technology means that in contrast to engines with high-pressure gas injection, the gas fuelling system on the X-DF engines does not require high-pressure electrically-driven cryogenic pumps. This considerably reduces both the purchase and installation cost of the fuelling system and the consumption of electricity needed for injection of gas into the combustion chamber,” a spokesperson for WinGD said. Swiss manufacturer, WinGD is a developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. Its engines are utilized for the propulsion of various types of deep-sea ships, including oil and product tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers, general cargo ships and container ships.


FGE predicts Asia LNG bunker growth

The LNG bunkering market may be poised for growth as LNG prices fall to historic lows, according to research constultancy FGE. Speaking at the recent International Symposium on LNG Bunkering, FGE chairman Fereidun Fesharaki told local agenices that prices could fall to a low of around US$4 per MMBtu in the second half of 2018 as export projects in the U.S. and Australia add supply faster than demand can grow. The outlook is likely to help investment in new LNG fuelling infrastructure as project developers see rising demand.