Sunday, April 18, 2021

Liquefied Natural Gas News

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First of UECC's Three LNG Battery Hybrid PCTCs Launched

The first of three liquefied natural gas (LNG) battery hybrid pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) commissioned by Norwegian shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC) was launched this week at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022."With the launch of our first LNG battery hybrid PCTC, we are ushering in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe," said Glenn Edvardsen, UECC CEO. "These ships prove that…

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BHP Completes Its First Ship Refueling with Biofuel

BHP Group Ltd said on Thursday it completed its first refueling of a ship with biofuel this month in a trial run that is part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.It was also the first time that a ship has been refueled with biofuel in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering hub.A biofuel blend derived from certified sustainable feedstock sources such as cooking oil, crude tall oil and sewage sludge was used on April 4 to refuel the 81,000 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier…

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine chose Schottel’s azimuthal hybrid drive system SYDRIVE-E for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hybrid tug. Image courtesy Schottel

Schottel Hybrid Drive for 'World’s First' LNG Hybrid Tug

Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine chose Schottel’s azimuthal hybrid drive system SYDRIVE-E to power the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hybrid tug. With this first in a series of 12 vessels, Sembcorp Marine will build the world’s first hybrid LNG-fueled tug fleet that will replace its existing diesel-powered tugs. The vessel is designed by LMG Marin, a wholly owned Sembcorp Marine subsidiary, and a leading naval architecture design house in Bergen, Norway, which provides…

 
The Finnish Border Guard’s patrol vessel the Turva operates with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of running on Bio LNG fuel. (Photo: Finnish Border Guard)

Finnish Patrol Boat to Test Bio LNG Fuel

The Finnish Border Guard is testing bio liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for a coastguard patrol vessel in an effort to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thereby lessening the impact on global warming.The 96 meter long vessel Turva is fitted with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines and has been supported with a Wärtsilä maintenance agreement since its launch in 2014. The Bio LNG fuel is supplied by Gasum, a Finnish state-owned biogas refiner. Bio LNG is a 100%  renewable fuel that can reduce CO2 emissions over its lifecycle by up to 90% compared to conventional fuel.

Minerva Kalymnos is one of five Minerva Gas LNG carriers to be covered by long-term Wärtsilä maintenance agreements. (Photo: Minerva Gas)

Minerva Gas Inks Maintenance Deal with Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä said it has signed long-term maintenance agreements covering five liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers owned and operated by Greece-based Minerva Gas Inc.Included in the scope of the agreements is Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight, a service that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction accordingly.The vessels covered are the Minerva Kalymnos…

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MAN L23/30H Mk3 Engine Passes Remote Type Approval Test

MAN Energy Solutions said it recently conducted a successful Type Approval Test (TAT) for new engine L23/30H Mk3 executed on-site in Korea by STX and MAN Energy Solutions staff, with the classification team joining proceedings remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. "TATs are an important step in the entry of every engine to the market," siad Finn Fjeldhøj, Head of Small-Bore, Four-Stroke Engineering, MAN Energy Solutions. "The fact that we could surmount the difficulties posed by the global pandemic with a remote solution to successfully get the engine approved is very pleasing.

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LNG-electric Tugs Ordered to Service the LNG Canada Project

A unique partnership formed between the Haisla Nation and North Vancouver-based Seaspan ULC will produce battery-powered and low emissions tugboats to serve the $40 billion LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Majority-owned by the Haisla Nation, the new venture is called HaiSea Marine, which has a major contract with LNG Canada to build and operate escort tugs and harbor tugs required for the largescale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. The company will provide ship…

The new dual-fuel ME-GA engine from MAN Energy Solutions comes with the company’s proven Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology for optimized performance, with specific gas/fuel oil consumptions reduced by ~3% and 5%, respectively.
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Ship Power: MAN Energy Solutions Unveils New LNG Dual-fuel Engine

In a live-stream presentation from its Copenhagen Research Center, MAN Energy Solutions has demonstrated advanced dual-fuel engine technology for low-cost, fuel-efficient operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and other vessels where low capital outlay is a priority. Tom Mulligan, science &and technology correspondent, reports.MAN Energy Solutions has demonstrated its latest low-speed, dual-fuel engine, the MAN B&W ME-GA type, an Otto-cycle variant of the company’s successful ME-GI engine, at a ceremony live-streamed from its Copenhagen Research Center.

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DNV Grants AIP for LNG-fueled Bulk Carrier Design

French engineering firm GTT and Chinese ship designer SDARI have received approval in principle (AIP) from classification society DNV for a new technical solution applied to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled Newcastlemax bulk carriers.GTT said it designed the vessel's membrane tank up to the supporting steel wall and its integration into the vessel was studied by SDARI. The AIP confirms that the membrane fuel tank solution complies with safety regulations and is technically feasible…

Visualization of the DSME Rotor Sail System (Image: DNV)

DNV Awards AIP for DSME's Rotor Sail System

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) received an approval in principle (AiP) from classification society DNV for the DSME Rotor Sail System for large oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Desigend to provide eco-friendly auxiliary propulsion for ships, a rotor sail system incorporates the installation of cylindrical columns (rotors) on the vessel’s deck to generate additional power to propel the ship by using the force of the wind and column rotation during operation.“In this time of growing pressure to decarbonize…

The MAN B&W ME-GA engine pictured at MAN Energy Solutions’ Research Center Copenhagen (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

World-first ME-GA Engine Demonstrated in Copenhagen

MAN Energy Solutions has has demonstrated its latest low-speed, dual-fuel engine—an MAN B&W ME-GA type designed for liquefied natural gas (LNG)/fuel-oil running—at a ceremony live-streamed from its Copenhagen Research Center on Thursday. The new engine is an Otto-cycle variant of the company’s ME-GI engine.As its pre-mixed combustion results in low NOx emissions, the ME-GA engine is inherently Tier II and Tier III compliant in gas-operation mode. To fully utilize its dual-fuel potential in Tier III areas…

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Alfa Laval Preps for Large-scale Methanol Testing

Swedish equipment manufacturer Alfal Laval said it is ramping up for soon-to-begin major tests of methanol as a marine fuel at its test and training center in Aalborg, Denmark. Working alongside engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and other partners, Alfa Laval will explore the possibility of running the center’s four-stroke, 2 MW diesel engine on methanol without modifications or another pilot fuel.The testing is the third stage in an ongoing research project funded by Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program).

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Eastern Pacific Shipping to Operate Methanol- and Ammonia-powered Vessels

Singapore-headquartered shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) said on Friday that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OCI N.V. (OCI) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) to develop methanol and ammonia as marine fuels to aide in industry-wide decarbonization and environmental preservation efforts.The partnership involves using select conventional vessels from EPS’ existing tanker fleet that use MAN engines to be retrofitted, allowing them to be powered by methanol and ammonia which will be supplied by OCI.

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Demand for Oil-based Marine Fuels to Fall as Ships Cut Emissions

Global demand for oil-based marine fuels is set to fall in the next three decades as stricter carbon emissions rules for the shipping industry kick in and alternative fuel use climbs, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Friday.The U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to formally adopt energy efficiency regulations in June that aim to reduce the carbon footprint of new and existing ships by 40% by 2030 compared with 2008 levels.By 2050 the IMO aims to reduce the…

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DNV GL Approves GTT's LNG Fuel Tech for ULCVs

French engineering firm GTT said it has received approval in principle (AIP) for the NO96 containment system application as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tank for ultra large container vessels (ULCV) from the classification society DNV GL.GTT and DNV GL reviewed the compatibility of the NO96 technology within a container vessel hull to ensure that the integration of such a containment system is fit for purpose. Under the AIP procedure, a sloshing assessment of the containment system has also been performed.Philippe Berterottière…

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Deltamarin Unveils LNG-powered Containership Design

Deltamarin introduced a new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Kielmax container vessel design as vessel owners and operators increasingly turn to the cleaner burning fuel to help reduce shipping emissions.The C.Delta2100 design, part of the Finnish naval architect's C.Delta series, is engineered to offer improved cargo capacity, flexibility and fuel economy and also takes into consideration possibilities to use alternative fuels to reduce carbon footprint or even zero-emissions power production.

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Peninsula Sets a Record in First LNG Bunker Deal

Marine fuels solutions company Peninsula said its first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply was a record breaker.At the end of January, in partnership with PETRONAS Marine, Peninsula completed its first LNG bunker supply to H-Line Shipping in Malaysian waters, marking the first LNG bunker delivery to the world’s largest LNG-powered bulk carrier, the 180,000 dwt eco-friendly HL Green, on its inaugural voyage. At 2,760 cubic meters it ranks among the largest LNG bunker deliveries performed to date.“Delivery took place safely and was completed within 20 hours…

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Seaspan Orders 10 Dual-fuel LNG Containerships

Seaspan Corporation announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement to order up to 10 dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) containerships from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.Seaspan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp., said the deal is for five ultra-modern 15,000 TEU newbuilds, with an option for an additional five. The containerships are scheduled for delivery from first half of 2023 onward, and upon completion will enter 12-year charters with Israel-based shipping company ZIM for its Asia - US East Coast trade."This is a milestone agreement for ZIM…