Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced that it has successfully built its first LNG-fueled vessels using its own technology. The company had announced on April 29, that the two LNG-fueled 113,000 dwt oil tankers delivered to an Asian shipowner earlier this year completed the first bunkering at the port of Rotterdam and now begin their operation as eco-friendly vessels.
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The world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship, AIDAnova, arrived in the Port of Barcelona last week. Germany-based AIDA Cruises and numerous representatives from politics, port-related businesses and tourism celebrated Friday the ship arrival.
Class NK accredited in late March a training program for seafarers responsible for LNG and other low-flashpoint fuels on board NYK Group-operated ships, making the NYK the first Japanese shipping company to obtain an international institution’s certification in the field of IGF Code training.
‘Wes Amelie’, the world’s first container ship equipped with an LNG engine, received LNG via a STS operation, on April 21, from the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel ‘Kairos’, in the anchorage area of Visby, Sweden. This operation is considered as a milestone, as ‘Wes Amelie’ received LNG for the first time from a bunker supply vessel.
Bangladesh’s second LNG storage and regasification vessel has moored off its coast, aiming to help supply the country with the alternative fuel. The FSRU ‘Summit LNG’ is moored 6 km off the island of Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar. It is expected that around 3.75 million tonnes a year of LNG will be imported through the facility, thus doubling Bangladesh’s LNG import capacity to 7.5 million tonnes per year.
ExxonMobil is discussing to create a platform that would enhance the export reach of Israel’s largest natural gas field. The oil major is negotiating with Israel’s Leviathan reservoir to establish a floating LNG vessel. This project would enable Leviathan to export to countries that cannot be reached with pipelines and avoid building expensive infrastructure to connect to LNG facilities in Egypt.
DNV GL and Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, signed a framework agreement to advance the uptake of LNG as ship fuel. The agreement regards future newbuilding projects including LNG bunker vessels, small-scale LNG carriers and floating storage regasification units, as well as LNG related assets employing battery and hybrid technologies.
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine’s first FSRU has undergone maintenance work before its journey to the Bay of Bengal. When it arrives there, it will serve as Bangladesh’s second FRSU. The maintenance work took place at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard. During its drydocking, the FSRU went through various modifications and retrofitting of new systems, including the installation of a BWTS.
Grupa LOTOS and PGNiG carried out two commercial bunkers of LNG, between 13 and 18 March 2019, at the at sea ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia in Poland. These are the first operations that took place in Polish ports. Namely, on March 13, 14 tonnes of LNG were injected into the ‘Fure Valo’s’ tanks, which is owned by Gothia Tankers. The company aims to develop the LNG-fueled fleet, and aspires to have six such vessels by the end of the year. The second bunkering took place on March 18, where 18 tonnes of LNG were transported from a tanker to the tanks of the ‘Ireland’ ship.
Swedish Stena Line informed that it will not continue with its first dual-fuel retrofit in spite of the fact that it received funding from the German government. The original project was to convert the ro-pax ferry Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for LNG. The company informed that it will not carry out the project due to ‘budget, technical challenges and both operational and financial risk’.
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