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.
LNG fueled vessels
The first LNG-fueled survey vessel ‘ATAIR’ was floated in Kiel after being built for 16 months. The vessel was built for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The survey vessel will be used for wreck search and underwater surveying. The new built is expected to be delivered to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in spring 2020.
Costa Smeralda’s construction is continuing at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The cruise ship belongs to Costa Cruise’s fleet and it’s the the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically in Europe, to be fuelled, both in port and while at sea, by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
DEME informed that the sea trials of its LNG-fueled trailing suction hopper dredger Bonny River, have started in the South China Sea. The dredger is able to dredge very hard soil, as well as work in water depths of up to 100m. The vessel will minimise the turbidity generated by process water and enables dredging in environmentally sensitive areas.
Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd has completed modifications to its Secondary Jetty at its Terminal on Jurong Island, and it is now capable of receiving and reloading small LNG ships of between 2,000m3 and 10,000m3 in capacity. The new Small-Scale LNG Facility was completed on 13 February 2019, and will help boost the development of the small-scale LNG market in various forms.
Hamburg-based Nauticor, a unit of Linde, reported that the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, the 7,500-cbm Kairos was officially christened at the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder. The vessel began being constructed in 2016. The vessel was delivered in October 2018, according to Nauticor.
Japanese MOL announced that its LNG-fueled tugboat ‘Ishin’ bunkered LNG fuel in Sakai Senboku Port for the first time, in preparation for test operation, marking is the first bunkering of LNG as a marine fuel at any port in the Kansai region.
The Hypatia de Alejandría de Baleària, the first ship powered by LNG in the Mediterranean, made its first commercial trip between Barcelona and Palma. The ferry arrived on January 27 at the port of Barcelona, coming from Venice. The ship is 186.5 meters in length and can accommodate 880 people, as well as 166 vehicles. In addition to Hypatia de Alejandría, its twin Marie Curie will follow.
According to Brittany Ferries, its new LNG-powered ferry Honfleur will not be able to be delivered in time for the 2019 summer season. The ship is being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft yard in Germany, and was to start operations in April 2019. The reason of the delay is the fact, the German shipyard is facing a financial crisis, due to penalties imposed for late delivery of Irish Ferries’ newest ship, W.B. Yeats.
The Imperial College London published a report examining the use of natural gas for shipping. It says that using natural gas fuel with other methods could help the shipping industry meet environmental targets, but must that must be coupled with additional energy efficiency measures and longer term plans that include much lower carbon ship technologies.
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