Marking the second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Germany, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’, has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel ‘Orion’. For the Port of Rostock, this ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation is a first.
In fact, Cryostar and KC LNG have been awarded the contract for building an LNG ship bunkering and truck fuelling facility in Europe’s no. 1 breakbulk port of Antwerp. Cryostar and KC LNG are set to commission the LNG facility in the first quarter of 2020. Project promotors of the facility include Fluxys, G&V, Titan LNG and Rolande.
A giant LNG bunker vessel, which will be operated by French energy giant Total and owned by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), has completed its sea trials in China earlier this week. The 18,600 cbm newbuilding, which is the world’s largest vessel of this type, is currently under construction at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s shipyard near Shanghai.
On 3 January, the Spanish ferry company known as “Baleària”, officially announced its successful establishment of natural gas supply in the port of Valencia. In order to accomplish the supply properly, the company used a multi truck to ship (MTTS) high-speed bunkering system.
Japanese MOL announced it has signed its first green loan, to partially finance the construction of its LNG bunkering vessel, what it claims to be the world’s largest. French bank BNP Paribas (BNPP) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) will provide the loan.
Titan LNG supplier in collaboration with Port of Brest, CCIMBO and DEME joined their efforts and successfully completed the first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Brest to the to the hopper dredger Scheldt River.
Following a Heads of Agreement signed in June 2018, Singapore-based LNG company Pavilion Energy Singapore and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) have now signed a 10-year fully-termed deal to jointly develop an LNG bunker supply chain in the Port of Singapore.
UK P&I Club launched a guide providing recommendations and “safe” steps for an efficient LNG bunkering operation, in light of the preparations of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap. Although the old-way oil fuel bunkering is a routine, it remains a challenging operation, which is more crucial now, given that LNG bunkering brings additional risks, because of the different methods of bunkering.
Kairos, the world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for liquefied natural gas (LNG), received the first license to conduct LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operations in the port of Rostock earlier in December. It is said that the permit to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in the largest German Baltic Sea port will be the basis for the supply of LNG to a variety of customers. Preparations for the supply of LNG to their vessels are already ongoing and the first operations will be conducted within the next few weeks.
In a joint effort between Oiltanking Amsterdam, Furetank Chartering and Titan LNG, the FlexFueler001 has delivered LNG as fuel to the vessel Ramelia, whilst working cargo at the Oiltanking Terminal in Amsterdam. It is the first time a simultaneous operation (SIMOPS) has taken place with LNG bunkering in the Port of Amsterdam.
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