In this issue

 

Multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). 

Global logistics firm United Parcel Service (UPS) has announced plans to add 50 LNG-fuelled vehicles to its fleet, an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations and 390 new CNG vehicles. 

Dutch engineering specialist Van Oord has ordered its first LNG-fuelled crane vessel, Werkendam

Marine solutions and energy services firm Crowley Maritime has broken ground on its new shore-side LNG bunker station at Jaxport Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville. 

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Energy firm Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a trio of LNG specialists to jointly develop a protocol for LNG bunkering in South Korea. 

Korean firm Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has reportedly signed a shipbuilding contract valued at US$240 million with Russian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF) group for the construction of four ice-class, LNG-powered tankers. 

Design concepts by Algoship Designers for the LNG-fuelled Seatransporter-DF vessel have received Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification and technical services agency American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 

Engineering conglomerate GE and Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy have signed a partnership agreement to develop the use of LNG as a fuel in Western Australia. 

Belgian marine engineering group DEME has placed an order with Dutch shipyard Royal IHC for the world’s first LNG-fuelled Cutter Suction Dredger – Spartacus

The Croatian government has received  €102 million in funding from the European union to build an LNG terminal on the Adriatic island of Krk. 

French energy firm Fosmax LNG has issued a call for expressions of interest to develop further LNG fuelling infrastructure around its existing Fos Cavaou terminal near Marseille. 

Global bunker fuel cost may rise by as much as US$60 billion per year from 2020, according to research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie. 

Swedish equipment manufacturer Alfa Laval has expanded its test and training centre in Aalborg, Denmark as part of an effort to research new gas combustion and LNG fuelling  technology. 

Mobile units for use in offshore wind construction projects may represent a new area of growth in the development of LNG-fuelled transport solutions, according to research by Dutch engineering firm GustoMSC. 

News Nudges

Peace Boat unveils LNG-fuelled Ecoship designs

Non-governmental organization Peace Boat has reported that it is in the final stages of talks with a shipyard to construct its flagship LNG-fuelled vessel, the Ecoship, as it unveiled further aspects of the design concept. Founder and director Yoshioka Tatsuya told delegates at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference that Peace Boat was “very seriously negotiating” with a shipyard and revealed that the vessel will feature technology to generate electric power via the flooring, through the harvesting of harvest kinetic energy. Headquartered in Japan, Peace Boat’s mission is to raise awareness and build connections internationally for peace, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development. The use of LNG to power the Ecoship is seen as a key part of the NGO’s undertaking. “The Ecoship is the culmination of a 3-year, integrative design process by an international team harnessing expertise from both marine and land-based sectors. The project addresses the responsibility of maritime transport fro carbon reduction and ocean protection,” a Peace Boat spokesperson said.