Hamburg-based Nauticor, conducted its first ever ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation at the Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports, the first at a German port. The vessel bunkered LNG to DEME’s TSHD Scheldt River delivering a total of 300 cubic meters of the chilled fuel.
Ship to Ship transfer
Nauticor-operated LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos conducted its first SIMOPS (simultaneous operations) LNG bunkering operation with the world’s first container ship retrofitted with an LNG engine, Wes Amelie, at the Vuosaari Harbour container terminal in the Port of Helsinki, Finland.
Danish bunker company, Monjasa, announced that it completed its first ship-to-ship supply for the new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in light of the approaching IMO 2020 regulations. The operation was completed in Southampton, UK and included supply of VLSFO and MGO.
Titan LNG, Dutch LNG supplier, conducted the largest LNG bunkering in the world with Heerema Marine Contractors’ new semi-submersible crane vessel. The vessel was supplied with over 3,000 tonnes of LNG.
Tallink Grupp announced that it began using its shore power in order to provide electricity to two of its vessels, Silja Serenade and Silja Symhony, while they’re alongside in port, to decrease the environmental impact of the vessels and also mitigate air pollution in the Nordic capital cities the company’s vessels visit.
Britannia P&I’s Loss Prevention team published an informational paper on the best way to transfer personnel from one ship to another. There’s a variety of ways to do so, but the most important thing is safety. Generally, the operations are all different as they hide different dangers, concerning the ‘product’ being transferred.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (PETRONAS), through its subsidiary PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL), announced another successful completion of LNG break bulk ship-to-ship transfer, that was recently conducted in Brunei Bay. The STS transfers through Arctic and Polar Spirit vessels were conducted in 72 hours, manifesting a just-in-time (JIT) principle, driving the operational cost to the minimum level.
The North Korean-flagged tanker Saebyol, which was transmitting as a fishing boat, was spotted alongside a vessel of unknown nationality on the high seas, conducting a prohibited ship-to-ship transfer as the Royal Navy reported.
Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy completed the first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG in The Bahamas on February 7, 2019. The STS was conducted using Excelerate’s 150,900 cbm floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s 142,759 cbm LNG carrier Arctic Voyager.
Texas-based Excelerate Energy said its floating storage and regasification unit Exquisite completed the company’s 1,500th ship-to-ship LNG transfer operation. The transmit occurred at the Engro Elengy Terminal in Pakistan, according to the company.
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