Japanese NYK Line recently held a naming ceremony at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the region’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier.
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A survey by Bureau Veritas on Monday marked the first time ever a Singaporean-flagged harbour tug has undergone a fully accredited annual survey conducted remotely, without a surveyor physically present onboard.
China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard has cut the first steel for a new LNG-powered roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel ordered by Swedish shipping company Wallenius SOL. Specifically, the vessel is planned to be delivered in August 2021, and is the world’s first RoRo ship to be both LNG fueled and have an ice class 1A Super.
On 27 February, a keel-laying ceremony for Russia’s first LNG powered passenger vessel was held at the shipyard of Zelenodolsk Plan. In fact, the Russian-based Gazprom headed by Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department, took part in the keel-laying ceremony for the “Chaika LNG”.
Turkish shipyard ‘Cemre’ informed that it launched Libas, the world’s first battery & LNG driven purse seiner/trawler. The launching of the vessel took place on the 7th of February. After the completion, Cemre is planning to deliver the vessel in Q2, 2020.
Meyer Turku shipyard announced the float-out of the coming flag-ship of Carnival Cruise line ‘Mardi Gras’. The new ship will be the largest one in the Carnival fleet, featuring 180,000 GT. It will be delivered later in 2020.
The LNG carrier owner Flex LNG announced its extension of the time-charter agreement concerning the 173.400 cbm vessel, “Flex Enterprise”. According to the company, with this extension the firm period under the time charter will be until the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Sinanju Tankers Holdings announced that it has taken delivery of Marine Vicky, Singapore’s 1st LNG-powered bunker tanker. The vessel will now join the fleet and begin operations in Singapore within the first quarter of 2020.
On 8 January, the United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines announced its first steel cutting ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, for their battery hybrid LNG powered vessel “PCTC”.
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.
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