‘Wes Amelie’, the world’s first container ship equipped with an LNG engine, received LNG via a STS operation, on April 21, from the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel ‘Kairos’, in the anchorage area of Visby, Sweden. This operation is considered as a milestone, as ‘Wes Amelie’ received LNG for the first time from a bunker supply vessel.
LNG as a fuel
Approximately €128 million from the European Regional Development Fund is invested in extending the Świnoujście LNG terminal. The current investment adds to over €250 million invested by the EU in the LNG terminal and to more than €2 billion in Polish energy infrastructure since 2007. The LNG regasification terminal in Świnoujście is the biggest LNG facility in Northern Europe and in the Central and Eastern Europe.
ExxonMobil announced that it signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply. In light of the agreement, Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG over 20 years.
Stonewin, a fuel supply solutions company, announced that Port Louis, Mauritius will have available VLSFO from May 1st 2019, in light of IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulations that are approaching. The compliant product will be a permanent part of the company’s line in Port Louis ahead of the 2020 deadline.
Malaysian Johor Port, a member of MMC Group, signed a Marine Services Agreement with Petronas LNG, aiming to enable the provisioning of marine services and attractive tariff for vessels that receive Gassing Up and Cooling Down services at PLL’s Regasification Terminal Pengerang.
According to Korea Development Bank and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, ships that run on LNG are expected to account for six out of ten new vessel orders in six years due to toughened environmental standards. 60.3% of the global ship orders are expected to be for LNG-fueled vessels by 2025.
Bangladesh’s second LNG storage and regasification vessel has moored off its coast, aiming to help supply the country with the alternative fuel. The FSRU ‘Summit LNG’ is moored 6 km off the island of Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar. It is expected that around 3.75 million tonnes a year of LNG will be imported through the facility, thus doubling Bangladesh’s LNG import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes per year.
Nanyang Technological University, DNV GL, and Shell have launched a competition to attract ideas in order to cut the cost of equipping an LNG fuel gas system to an existing ocean-going vessel. The ‘Low-Cost LNG Retrofit (LCLR) Challenge’ aims to to help shipping companies adopt cleaner fuels and reduce harmful emissions.
AET Tankers, Petroleum and Chemical tanker owner, announced that its first LNG dual-fuel sister Aframaxes undertook their maiden ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in April. The company’s vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, conducted bunkering operations in Port of Rotterdam.
The maritime industry’s response to the call for tighter environmental regulations combined with the 2020 sulphur cap is steadily driving the industry towards dual fuel solutions, said marine technology company WinGD, announcing its financial results for the first quarter of 2019.
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