The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has awarded S$6 million to FueLNG Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd for construction of two LNG bunker vessels, in a bid to further promote ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore. The vessels are due for delivery in 2020, and will be amongst the first of their kind in Asia.
LNG fueled vessels
The Port of Malmo informed that it conducted its first LNG bunkering operation. The operation took place while the vessel “Ireland”, which unloaded cement in Malmö, was provided with LNG via tanker lorries. The Port is now evaluating various solutions for more LNG bunkering, such as bunkering from ships.
Less than a week after South Korea revealed plans to order two LNG-fueled bulk carriers by August 2018, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that the country seeks to develop advanced bunkering technology for LNG-powered ships, in a bid to increase the number of eco-friendly vessels it can support.
South Korea is about to place the first order for LNG fueled vessels by August, in an attempt to develop green shipping and support associated industries, the oceans ministry informed earlier this week. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries will order two 200,000-ton class bulk carriers, to sail between South Korea and Australia.
In Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque the work started on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger “Samuel de Champlain” from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining MGO and LNG. The vessel is expected to be operational by December 2018, and is supported by the EU.
Major cruise firm Carnival Corporation officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives. The Helix terminal will accommodate Carnival’s new class of next-generation “green” cruise ships to be fully operated by LNG.
Gearing up for the 2020 global sulphur cap, Singapore-based APL said it will be using low-sulphur fuel oil across its vessel fleet, employ scrubbers on some of its ships, while it will also deploy LNG-fueled vessels, under its parent group CMA CGM’s earlier announced plans to take delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU LNG-powered ships.
Japan is positioning itself as a potential hub in Asia for LNG refueling. International Transport Forum at the OECD issued a report assessing the factors that will influence the realisation of this ambition, that would make Japan one of the key places in Asia where LNG-fueled or co-fueled ships would be able to take onboard LNG.
Under its ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ program, the European Commission has funded a project aimed at paving the way for LNG as fuel to trucks and inland waterway vessels in Germany. Berlin-based Liquind announced it will start construction of ten LNG stations after an EU grant of 3.3 million euros.
The Panama Canal celebrated a new milestone as three LNG ships transited the neopanamax locks last Tuesday 17 of April. Namely, the Clean Ocean, the Gaslog Gibraltar and the Gaslog Hong Kong transited the Canal, coming from the Pacific Ocean, heading north towards the Atlantic Ocean. Since March 2018, the Panama Canal has recorded a total of 134 LNG transits.
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