Eniram Signs On LNG Powered Bulk Carrier Project
The Project Forward initiative, which is led by Athens-based Arista Shipping, has produced an energy efficient dry bulk carrier vessel that features liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.Finnish clean-tech software engineering company Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assist in the development of monitoring and optimization tools.“Our input will help ensure that operational visibility will be maximized, and that the new ships can operate at optimal efficiency…
Europe’s First LNG Dredger Conversion Underway
Work has kicked off at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque to convert the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining marine gas oil (MGO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). A ceremony was held at the yard to mark the first cutting of steel for the prefabrication of a new section of hull that will hold the new generators and other equipment.Present at the occasion were Jean-Pierre Guellec, CEO of GIE Dragages-Ports…
Total to Set Up LNG Bunkering Hub in Oman
French energy group Total said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in the country."Total and Shell as operator will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25 percent and 75 percent, as per the agreement between both companies and before possible State back-in, with the objective of an initial gas production of around 500 MMcfd and a potential to reach 1 bcf/d at a later stage…
New Online Tool Aids 2020 Sulfur Compliance
The new ‘Sulfur 2020 – Options Evaluator’ from Lloyd’s Register (LR) aims to help the industry identify the best strategy for compliance with the global sulfur in fuel oil limit of 0.50 percent m/m, which comes into effect on January 1, 2020.According to LR, the ‘Options Evaluator’ aims to bring clarity to what the potential cost and investment implications could be for the various compliance strategies, such as transition from fuel oil to marine gasoil (MGO), use of scrubbers…
New ISO Standard for Safe Bunkering of LNG-fuelled Ships
Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. But as the use of LNG-fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties become involved, there is a clear need to standardize LNG bunkering operations at the international level. A new ISO standard will ensure LNG-fuelled vessels can bunker in a safe and sustainable way. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering…
Floating LNG Converters to be in Demand
According to a report from Bloomberg, liquefied-natural-gas tankers that can convert the liquid to gas onboard will be in increasing demand in the next 10 years as rising electricity production boosts consumption of the fuel, according to Teekay LNG. Teekay has identified 30 sites that in the next five years may require floating regasification tankers, including China, Brazil, Dubai, Kuwait, Bangladesh and some islands in Indonesia. (Source: Bloomberg)
WESMAR’s Commercial Bow Thrusters Part of Huge Australian LNG Project
WESMAR has shipped six of its large commercial bow thrusters for installation on three, 80-meter Ropax (Ro-Ro) vessels that will be working on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project of historic proportion in Australia. The vessels are part of the Curtis Island LNG project and will be working off Gladstone near Curtis Island. The order is from Ultimate Marine Power, WESMAR’s dealer along the Australian East Coast. According to the Owner/Director of that company, Dave Murray, two each of the six WESMAR 180 KW AC V2-34 (250 HP) Bow Thruster systems will be installed on each Ropax vessel.
IRClass: New Rules for LNG Fueled Coastal/Inland Vessels
Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has released new rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled coastal and inland vessels. The new rules, which come in addition to its already established rules for ocean going ships, aim to underscore the increasing importance of using cleaner fuels, and help maritime stakeholders to promote environment friendly fuels for coastal and inland vessels, the class society said. The rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a study…
DSME Orders GTT Membranes for 2 LNGCs
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), received an order for two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) to be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). GTT said the order adds to what it called an already strong third quarter 2014 order book. The vessels, be operated by BW Group, a Norwegian owner with a long history of operating GTT-designed LNG carriers, are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018.
DNV GL, N-KOM to Partner on LNG Initiatives
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today between DNV GL and Qatar’s premier shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry. The signing ceremony took place during DNV GL’s 150th anniversary celebrations in Dubai, at which N-KOM’s CEO Chandru Rajwani and Dr. Henrik Madsen, DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, signed the memorandum. The MOU will further strengthen the position of N-KOM…
LNG Export Strategies on Agenda at London 'Russian Day'
The role of Russia as a key global supplier of natural gas will be amplified at upcoming 'Russian Day' event. The Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Novak, confirms he will host a special ‘Russian Day’ at one of the world’s leading gas industry events in London this October. The role of Russia as a key global supplier of natural gas will be examined during the day-long session, which also welcomes Novak’s Deputy, Pavel Fedorov, plus chief executives from petrochemical giant SIBUR and liquefied natural gas exporter, Sakhalin Energy.
Contruction Starts on World's Biggest Offshore Floating Facility
At 1601 ft. long x 242.7 ft. wide, the Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest offshore floating facility ever built. A new milestone was reached in the world’s use of LNG as fue, as Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility’s substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium, at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard in South Korea. “We are cutting 7.6 tons of steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility today…
LNG Ship Glut Foreseen
The liquefied natural gas market may have a ship surplus in 2014 and 2015 as new vessels launch faster than production plants complete. There are 78 ships on order, amounting to 21 percent of the existing fleet, the Hamilton, Bermuda-based Hoegh LNG AS, owner of seven carriers, informs in its quarterly report as reported by Bloomberg Business News. While annual world output of the fuel, known as liquefaction, will be 330 million metric tons in 2017, from 242 million tons in 2011, some of the new ships will arrive before production expands, Hoegh's report stated. Source: Bloomberg
GTT to Exhibit at Euromaritime
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will exhibit at Euromaritime, the European Marine Business Show, from February 3-5, 2015 in Paris, Porte de Versailles. As a biennial event, Euromaritime gathers the experts from the entire marine industry during three days of meetings and workshops. The second edition of the exhibition will allow GTT to present its latest technologies and associated services…
Staten Island Ferry LNG Conversion Planned
Plans are in hand to convert one of the two diesel oil-fuelled 'Austen-class' ferries to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). A pilot program conducted on one Staten Island Ferry, if successful, could save the city nearly half the boat's fueling cost annually, reports the 'Staten Island Advance'. An unspecified Austen Class ferry will be converted from using ultra-low-sulfur diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) during a routine dry docking in 2013. The Staten Island Ferry received a $2,340,000 federal grant, and the city kicked in additional money to reach $3 million for the conversion.
BP Order 13 New Tankships
BP Plc confirms an order for 13 of the vessels, 2012’s largest tankship shipbuilding order. According to information obtained by Bloomberg the order, placed with Changwon, South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Company, includes three Suezmax ships, each able to hold 1 million barrels of crude, and 10 smaller Aframaxes. BP Shipping Ltd., based in Sunbury-on-Thames, England, manages a fleet of more than 50 vessels that carry crude, oil products and liquefied natural gas. Source: Bloomberg
PSA Marine Orders LNG-fueled Harbor Tug
Wärtsilä said it has been contracted to design and equip one of PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd's newest harbor tugs. Operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel and incorporating fuel efficiency features, the harbor tug, which will be built by PaxOcean Shipyard, will be aligned with the maritime industry’s increasing emphasis on environmental impact. The order with Wärtsilä, booked in March 2018.The 28-meter long, 50-metric-ton bollard pull harbor tug will operate with two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on LNG fuel.
DNV GL to Class Royal Caribbean’s New ICON Ships
Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku and DNV GL have signed a contract for the classification of Royal Caribbean International’s two new ICON Class cruise ships scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2024.The final concept for the first vessel is currently being discussed, and the concept design phase is expected to start this spring. The initial building phase of the first ship will begin next year, with keel laying planned for October 2019.The new fuel-efficient ICON Class vessels will feature a number of green technologies…