SEA\LNG published the results of a new alternative fuels study, finding that LNG is the most mature, scalable, and commercially viable alternative fuel currently available for the maritime industry. The study was conducted by DNV GL. The study concluded that while there are several lower or zero carbon alternative fuels that could assist in complying with IMO 2030 and 2050 GHG reduction targets.
Royal Vopak announced that it acquired a 49% shareholding in Sociedad Portuaria el Cayao (SPEC) in Cartagena, Colombia. SPEC is the only LNG import facility in Colombia and has been operating for three years, since 2016. The LNG import facility includes an LNG jetty, onshore infrastructure and a 9.2 km gas pipeline which links SPEC to the national gas grid.
The LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos, operated by Nauticor, carried out the first LNG bunkering operation in the port of Södertälje, Sweden, where it delivered 150 tons of LNG. The operation occurred on September 12 at Södertälje’s oil terminal.
Elenger, a subsidiary of Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas operating in foreign markets, began providing LNG bunkering services to LNG-powered vessels in the port of Hanko, Finland for the first time, in addition to Tallinn and Helsinki, where the company already operates.
Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced the signing of an agreement with Japanese Saibu Gas Co., Ltd. aiming to establish a joint venture focused on marketing LNG and natural gas, as well as the construction of a new LNG storage tank at the Hibiki LNG terminal.
Singaporean Keppel Offshore & Marine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Nantong, is on track to deliver Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker. The vessel was named ‘Marine Vicky’ at a ceremony that took place in Keppel Nantong, China, on 3 September.
Affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and the Belgian independent natural gas transport company Fluxys Belgium signed a long-term agreement for LNG unloading services at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal. The transaction comes after a competitive evaluation process as well as the approval of the Belgian regulators.
Gibraltar saw the first ever LNG bunker supply within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW). This took place with the arrival of one of the worlds biggest floating cranes, the Panamanian Semi Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) ‘Sleipnir’, owned by Heerema Marine Contractors.
Sinanju Logistics Services signed into a two-year time charter agreement on 25 July with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (ExxonMobil) for a new-build bunker tanker five months ahead of commencing operations. The 7,990 dwt newbuilding, soon to be christened “Marine Vicky”, will be the first bunker tanker for Singapore and Sinanju, to be fueled mainly by LNG.
Malaysia-based Kasi Group announced the launch of an LNG bunkering simulator in the country. According to the company’s Executive Director it will be Malaysia’s first LNG bunkering simulator.
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