Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier owned and operated by Russian Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has crossed the Northern Sea Route in a new record time for a merchant ship without icebreaker support, during the month of July, the company announced.
The new conversion guidelines provide clear advice to the LNG industry on how to address these issues that either will or may arise during the conversion of LNG carriers into FSRUs or FSUs, helping shipowners to either avoid or to overcome potential problems. The guidelines aim to support the construction and operation of FSRUs and FSUs.
The Panama Canal registered the transit of its 4,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal. The LNG tanker ‘Maria Energy’ completed the transit on 29 July, traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, underscoring the steady growth of the LNG segment.
ClassNK announced release of the second edition of its Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures – Independent Prismatic Tanks, specifying the technical requirements related to the structural strength assessments of liquefied gas carriers by using direct calculation.
The Suez Canal Authority announced an increase on the allowed level of cargo residues on LNG tankers, in a bid to encourage more of these vessels to transit the Suez Canal. This move came as part of the SCA’s efforts to strengthen competitiveness compared to other shipping routes.
The two-year old LNG carrier ‘CESI Gladstone’ will resume it route to China within this week, after it suffered loss of propulsion while underway from Australia on 22 June. The ship had just loaded a cargo at the Australia Pacific LNG plant, when it sustained a main engine outage resulting in a loss of propulsion,
The Panama Canal is set to provide additional transit opportunities, by lifting self-imposed daylight and encounter restrictions for LNG vessels, starting from 1 October 2018, the deputy administrator Manuel Benitez announced on the sidelines of a conference in Washington, on 28 June.
South Korean shipbuilder DSME announced that it has launched the world’s first LNG carriers using a full re-liquefaction system that completely re-liquefies the evaporative gas generated from LNG carriers. The company also delivered the world’s first LNG cargo ship with partial liquefaction system in 2016.
USCG issued a safety alert informing marine inspectors and other interested persons that ethylene vapors on LNG carriers activate CO alarm. Specifically, during an examination of a LNG carrier whose cargo tanks contained ethylene vapors, PSC Officers received alarms on their portable 4 Gas meters giving a reading of 60 to 100 parts per-million CO.
French oil and gas major Total inked an agreement with Russian LNG producer Novatek to acquire a direct working interest of 10% in Arctic LNG 2, the giant LNG project lead by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula in the north of Siberia. The deal was signed in the presence of the Russian and French Presidents.
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