Carnival Cruise Line announced that the first steel was cut for the company’s first LNG-fueled ship, as part of the company’s green cruising platform. The vessel will be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever constructed and the first-ever ship operating in North America to use LNG. A steel cutting ceremony was held in Finland on 15 November.
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Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced construction of the world’s first fast passenger and cargo ferry powered by dual-LNG engines, being built in the Armon de Gijón shipyard. With a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters, the new catamaran will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and 500 cars, which also makes it ‘the longest and highest-capacity fast ferry catamaran’.
Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat was named and launched on 28 September. Built at Kanagawa Dockyard Co and owned by MOL, the tugboat was named ‘Ishin’ after the company’s technology development project, the “Ishin Next – MOL Smart Ship Project” and is slated for delivery in February 2019.
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.
Bunker tanker company Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd has placed an order for Singapore’s first LNG dual fueled bunker tanker, boosting the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the world’s largest bunkering hub. The tanker is scheduled for delivery in second half of 2019. Keppel Singmarine and Mitsui & Co secured the building contract.
Baleària floated out the ship ‘Hypatia de Alejandría’, which will be the first ferry powered by LNG to operate in the Mediterranean. ‘Hypatia de Alejandría’ will be the first of the two ferries that will be operate with LNG. This first ferry is scheduled to start operations in the Balearic Islands in the beginning of 2019.
MISC Group, a maritime solutions and services provider, received the “Seri Camar”, the fourth in a series of five MOSS-Type Seri C Class LNG carriers. The 150,200 CBM LNG carrier has been built for MISC by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Seri Camar will joins its sister MOSS-Type newbuilds Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Camellia and Seri Cempaka on long-term charter to Petronas.
Carnival Corporation announced that it placed a new order for the German brand AIDA Cruises.The new LNG-powered ship will be built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and is expected to be delivered in 2023. The ship will have a gross tonnage of more than 180,000 and an estimated 2,700 cabins.
South Korean Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has delivered to compatriot Ilshin Logistics the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier under the dual-class of Lloyd’s Register and Korean Register. The 50,000 dwt bulk carrier has been verified to be in compliance with the IGF Code.
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