Germany's Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure announced that it is now promoting the upgrading and conversion of seagoing vessels to LNG as a marine fuel. The aim of the new funding program is to promote the use of LNG in German shipping.
MS innogy, the first ship in Germany to be powered by an environmentally friendly methanol fuel cell, was christened and put into operation as a regular passenger vessel, in a formal ceremony, on Essen’s Lake Baldeney.
Flogas Britain and Associated British Ports have joined forces, to carry out the first ever LNG bunkering in the UK. The 110-metre carrier "Ireland", operated by Norwegian KGJ Cement, was refuelled with LNG at the Port of Immingham, on August 23.
The government of India is examining the potential to allow use of methanol as a marine fuel, which would be a cheaper, cleaner and forex-saving solution compared to diesel, according to Indian Union minister, Nitin Gadkari.
The European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Greece, Ireland, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, requesting them to notify their national policy framework under EU rules on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
In view of the shipping industry's need for an environmentally friendly fuel, Swedegas is investing in a new LNG infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, expected to be fully operational in 2018. This is the first LNG facility in Gothenburg, making it possible for vessels to bunker LNG at the quayside, while loading and unloading.
PitPoint.LNG announced that it will build Germany’s first liquefied natural gas bunkering station in the harbor of Cologne. The new station will facilitate the bunkering of LNG powered inland waterways vessels that sail on Europe’s busiest transport waterway, the Rhine.
Galen Hon, Principal at the PoliSea Group, provides forecast about the future of energy in shipping taking into account the disruptive changes that have started to affect industry as well. High technology shows the path towards a decarbonized future offering many options such as hydrogen power. Mr. Hon believes that we are not far away from the transition to the hydrogen era and he emphasizes that flexibility in design is needed more than ever for a successful energy evolution.
The bunkering vessel ENGIE Zeebrugge performed in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, its first deliveries of LNG as a marine fuel to two new gas-propelled pure car and truck carriers of UECC. The LNG bunkering operations were conducted at the same time that the cargo operations for the carriers were taking place.
Heineken, Nedcargo and GoodFuels announced the launch of a joint pilot initiative, aiming to demonstrate the advantages of operating inland transport barges, using sustainable drop-in marine fuel. Under the project, the 104 TEU inland barge ‘For Ever’ will transport Heineken beer from Zoeterwoude to Rotterdam, fueled with 30% biofuel.