Malta Freeport Terminals welcomed the first ever LNG-fueled container ship to visit Malta during the course of the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam. The ‘Containerships Polar’ discharged more than 560 containers during its call to Malta.
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The United European Car Carriers, jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, informed of a new contract to construct two new generation hybrid-powered PCTCs (Pure car truck carriers), expected to achieve 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
The continuous increase in the number of LNG-fueled ships are assisting the rise of several bunkering infrastructure along Europe. However, the English Channel will not see its first gas-fueled ship soon, as Brittany Ferries’ ‘Honfleur’, which was to be delivered in June, will now arrive later in 2019, as the yard experiences financial fines.
Bangladesh has employed its second LNG terminal with the beginning of operations of FSRU ‘Summit LNG’ offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal. As reported by Excelerate Energy the FSRU completed the commissioning on April 29, 2019.
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.
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.
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