In late June, the Japanese government granted a subsidy for a project developed by three Japanese firms earlier in 2018, aiming to support LNG bunkering in Tokyo Bay. The three companies, Uyeno, Sumitomo, and Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port, inked a MoU in March 2018.
Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation, a joint venture established by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, has ordered an LNG bunkering vessel, the first to be operated in Japan.
ABS has signed a pioneering Joint Development Program with probunkers to provide technical support as they embark on designing a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for key ports globally. Introduced at Posidonia 2018, probunkers is a new LNG project, intended to contribute to the development of LNG marine infrastructure.
Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and Pavilion Gas have signed Heads of Agreement to jointly develop a LNG bunker supply chain in the port of Singapore. The agreement covers the shared long-term time charter of a new generation LNG bunker vessel to be commissioned by Pavilion Gas by 2020.
Creating LNG infrastructure for shipping in Europe would cost $22 billion and deliver a 6% reduction in ship GHG emissions by 2050 compared to the replaced diesel, a new study for Transport & Environment by the UMAS consultancy found. Until today, Europe has spent half a billion US dollars on LNG infrastructure.
A survey by Deloitte found that shipping companies prefer to convert to LNG, in order to comply with the IMO’s stricter new international emissions standards for marine bunker fuels. However, lack of refuelling and bunkering infrastructure would raise obstacles to the large scale uptake of LNG as a transport fuel.
Gate terminal at the Port of Rotterdam announced that it will increase the ship loading flow rate at the jetties for large ships from the current 2300 m3/hour to 4000 m3/hour to reduce port time for vessels. With this investment Gate terminal will be able to load the new standard size vessels of around 180,000 m3 in less than 3 days.
The Port of Gdynia signed an agreement with PGNiG and Gas-Trading SA on Tuesday, June 19, regarding on the use of LNG fuel. According to the agreement, a barge adapted for bunkering with LNG from other vessels will be constructed. The project is part of the National Center for Research and Development program – INNOSHIP.
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.
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