China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Guangdong Provincial People’s Government recently signed an agreement concerning LNG power conversion for inland waterway shipping.
Holland-based shipyard Royal Niestern Sander announced the signing of an agreement with the ferry company AG Ems for the conversion of another passenger ferry to LNG propulsion. The shipyard receives some funding from the European Regional Development Fund of the EU for this process.
BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver is back on service after its mid-life upgrade, it now runs on LNG. The ship is the second Spirit Class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG. The vessel will now operate for another 25 years and is an example of the company’s adoption of clean technology.
Polish Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA. realized the LNG conversion of BC Ferries’ second Spirit-class ferry, ‘Spirit of Vancouver Island’. The ferry departed from the yard, following the completion of a mid-life upgrade (MLU), in late February.
German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd revealed plans to retrofit its 15,000 TEU boxship ‘Sajir’ to use LNG propulsion, in a pilot project expected to pave the way for converting large ships to LNG. The LNG conversion is expected to save 15-30% in CO2 emissions from the ship’s operation.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced it has started LNG retrofitting work for its ferry ‘Napoles’, the first of the company’s six vessels to be converted to run on LNG. The ship arrived Sunday at Gibdock shipyards in Gibraltar, where the modification of the engines and the installation of the LNG tank will be carried out. The works completion is scheduled on 15 February 2019.
MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of the German MAN Energy Solutions, secured a contract to convert two RoPax ferries of the Spanish operator Baleària to dual-fuel operation, the first conversion of its kind in shipping. The engines of ‘Nápoles’ and ‘Sicilia’ will be converted to enable running on LNG.
TOTE Maritime Alaska, part of US-based TOTE, has completed the first of four conversion periods for its Orca class vessels, a process that will enable the ships to use LNG as a fuel. The company’s ‘North Star’ completed her first voyage, after being outfitted with two LNG tanks immediately behind the ship’s bridge.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has secured a contract from Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports to realize conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel, combining LNG and MGO, the first conversion of its kind to take place in Europe. The conversion is part of an EU initiative to promote LNG in short-sea vessels operating in European Atlantic coast.
The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure released an announcement in which it calls any German companies seeking to switch to LNG as a marine fuel to submit their applications until February 28, 2018.
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