Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) aspires to convince the Malaysian government to provide incentives in order to support the use of cleaner fuels in the maritime industry, according to vice president LNG marketing and trading, Ahmad Adly Alias.
LNG fueled vessels
The LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos, operated by Nauticor, carried out the first LNG bunkering operation in the port of Södertälje, Sweden, where it delivered 150 tons of LNG. The operation occurred on September 12 at Södertälje’s oil terminal.
On 11 September, in central Stockholm, the Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers held a naming ceremony for the green product tanker ‘Thun Venern’, its latest environmentally-friendly tanker capable of running on LNG. The new tanker will enter into the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
On 2 September 2019, Korolev Prospect, Sovcomflot’s LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker, successfully carried out a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first time that a large-capacity oil tanker has crossed the full length of the NSR using only LNG.
South Korean shipbuilders are giving emphasis on improving their competitiveness in environmentally friendly vessels, including LNG-fueled ships, with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap applying on January 1st. LNG fueled ships are expected to account for over 60% of the worldwide new shipbuilding orders by 2025.
Singaporean Keppel Offshore & Marine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Nantong, is on track to deliver Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker. The vessel was named ‘Marine Vicky’ at a ceremony that took place in Keppel Nantong, China, on 3 September.
The 15 LNG tankers that will transport LNG from Arctic LNG 2 project will come at a cost of more than 300 bn rubles ($4.5 bn). That was the discussion topic during a session of the Russian state-owned VEB.RF Bank Supervisory Board.
On 26 August, the LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker ‘Korolev Prospect’, owned by Russian Sovcomflot, began a transit of the Northern Sea Route. The ship will become the first such large-capacity crude oil tanker to travel the entire length of the Northern Sea Route using only LNG fuel.
CMA CGM ships will not sail through the Northern Sea Route, an area with a unique and largely unexplored biodiversity, the CEO of the French shipping group, Rodolphe Saadé, announced last week ahead of the G7 meeting underway in Biarritz.
With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.
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