Recently, a milestone was set for Arctic shipping. Namely, the tanker “Eduard Toll” became the first ever ship to sail through the Northern Sea Route during winter, without the help of an icebreaker. Teekay’s “Eduard Toll” started from South Korea in December 2017, heading to the Sabetta LNG terminal in Russia.
The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning the continuing problem of inadequate deck water spray systems on LNG carriers, noting that inadequate coverage of the required areas by the deck water spray system is one of top three deficiencies identified during Certificate of Compliance exams on these ships.
More and more ships are attempting to sail without the help of an icebreaker in the tough climatic conditions of Russia’s Northern Sea Route. The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources wants more ships to sail independently, an for that better weather forecasts are important.
The USCG issued a Letter of Recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirming the suitability of the Brownsville Ship Channel for Texas LNG’s marine traffic as it relates to safety and security. The Texas LNG facility is being designed to accommodate LNG carriers with nominal LNG capacities up to 180,000 m3.
Soon after delivery, the icebreaker ‘Eduard Toll’ completed both its first loading at Sabetta Terminal Russia and first discharge in Montoir, France. This marked a major milestone for shipping in the Arctic. ‘Eduard Toll’s’ journey is the first time a shipping vessel made independent passage, without the support of an ice breaker, during this time of year.
On January 26, Japanese NYK Line signed a contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France, one of the largest electricity companies in the world, to charter out a newly built LNG carrier for seven years. The agreement includes optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.
“Cesi Wenzhou” is the fifth of six LNG ships in the Australian Pacific LNG project. The vessel will be 290 meters long, it has a capacity of 174,000 cubic meters of LNG and a dual-fuel electric propulsion system. The ship will sail in the route from Australia to China’s coastal ports, with a total annual traffic of more than 1 million tons.
Coral EnergICE, the first Ice Class 1A Super LNG carrier owned by Anthony Veder and operated by Skangas, was named on 25 January at the Port of Turku, Finland. The ship is designed to operate in the Baltic Sea, with its hull reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice.
Hudong-Zhonghua and ABB chose the Roxtec EMC sealing system, in order to withstand offshore conditions. Namely, Roxtec cable transits are used for the electric propulsion system and the reliquefaction system.
The ceremony will take place on January 25, at the Port of Turku, in Finland. The ship will be named ‘Coral EnergICE’ and it is planned to start shipping LNG to Pori and Tornio terminals. The LNG tanker was constructed at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Germany.
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