Demand for LNG as a marine fuel has grown at Port of Gothenburg and the port has now announced that it increases the range of LNG bunkering options, with the smart energy infrastructure company Swedegas currently constructing a permanent LNG facility at the Energy Port, to become operational in August.
Gas Natural Fenosa and Baleària announced completion of the first LNG bunkering at the Port of València, Turia quay, on Saturday afternoon for Baleària’s ferry, ‘Abel Matutes’, boosting the port’s efforts to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
On 26th April 2018, Veritas Petroleum Services issued a Bunker Alert informing about a fuel contamination problem at the Port of Houston, which included sticking of fuel plungers, fuel-pump seizures and failures affecting multiple vessels. A situation that was also confirmed by FOBAS. Now, the UK Club informs that this problem has expanded to Panama as well.
In its Marine Safety Alert 10-18, USCG seeks to raise awareness of a significant emerging problem in the US Gulf Coast region regarding contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers and the use of blended fuel oil such as Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO 380). These fuels are causing problematic fuel pump plungers, fuel pump seizures and other fuel system related failures.
Global LNG trade reached 38.2 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, the largest annual volume increase on record, according to the Annual Report on LNG trade by GIIGNL. 2017 saw 19 LNG exporting countries and 40 LNG importing countries. Australia and US were among the countries with the largest increases in exports.
Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters.
Greece seeks to become a regional marine bunkering and distribution hub for LNG in the Eastern Mediterranean, in line with the EU co-funded “Poseidon Med II” project. The 53.3-million-euro project, initiated in June 2015, offers a roadmap for the extensive adoption of LNG as a ship fuel in Greece, Italy and Cyprus.
ABS issued the ABS Advisory on Marine Fuel Oil, aiming to help the shipping industry prepare for IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. The Advisory provides guidance on considerations and challenges regarding marine fuels which are likely to be used to meet the 2020 global sulphur cap requirements.
Venezuela started testing ship-to-ship oil transfers to ease the delays of crude deliveries from its main terminals. Tankers waiting to load more than 24 million barrels of crude, are sitting off the country’s main oil port. These delays could damage the state-run PDVSA’s supply contracts if they are not cleared as soon as possible.
Venezuela has stayed behind in delivering crude to customers from its oil export terminals, as delays and production declines could damage the state-run PDVSA’s supply contracts if they are not cleared as soon as possible. Tankers are waiting to load more than 24 million barrels of crude.
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