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.
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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’.
United European Car Carriers, jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to build two new generation PCTC with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. The newbuilding contract also includes options for two more ships, and the first one is planned for delivery in 2021.
Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-fueled cruise ship of the Costa Cruises fleet, suffered a minor fire on the deck 15, while undergoing the final stage of construction at the Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, Monday afternoon. There was stored equipment on fire, started by welding inside the ship.
Shipbuilder Meyer Turku informed that Costa Smeralda was floated out with traditional ceremonies at the Meyer Turku shipyard, on March 15. The float-out of Costa Smeralda, an LNG fueled 180 000 GT cruise ship, signals the start of the final stage of construction for the ship. The ceremony marks the outfitting phase in the ship’s construction. The ship will be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019.
Hapag-Lloyd ordered the world’s first mega-container vessel, MV SAJIR, retrofit to LNG from MAN Energy Solutions. The pilot project will include the conversion of the current HFO-burning engine to a dual-fuel prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit of MV SAJIR will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.
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