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Golar LNG Restructuring & Equity Offering

Golar LNG Limited announced a major restructuring combined with an intent to conduct an equity offering in its newly formed subsidiary, Golar LNG Energy Limited. Consistent with the announcement made in Golar's first quarter report, Golar has incorporated Energy in Bermuda for the purpose of transferring such part of its asset portfolio which is not employed on long term charters to this entity. The transfer will include the following assets and activities: •    the ownership of four modern LNG carriers (Gracilis, Grandis, Granosa and Golar Arctic) •    the ownership of three 1970's built LNG carriers  (Khannur, Gimi and Hilli) •    A 50% ownership interest in another 1970's build LNG carrier (Gandria) •    A 13.6% ownership interest in the Australian listed company LNG Ltd. •    Golar's current project portfolio •    certain financial obligations, notably swap arrangements In addition, Energy will acquire the subsidiary owning the 1970 built LNG carrier Golar Freeze which is scheduled to be converted to an FSRU vessel.   The transaction will be structured as a sale by Golar to Energy of its shares in and shareholder loans to the subsidiaries which are the formal owners of the above referred assets. In addition certain contractual rights will be transferred.


Aqualis Offshore Lands Study Job for LNG Barge

Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, has been contracted by Gas Entec Co. Ltd to provide an engineering study of a new-build LNG barge that will operate offshore the U.S. The contract value is undisclosed.    Aqualis Offshore’s work scope is to provide a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) study for Control and Alarm Monitoring System (CAMS), Emergency Shutdown System (ESDS)


LNG Carrier BEIDOU STAR Delivered

LNG Carrier BEIDOU STAR

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the successful delivery of the LNG carrier BEIDOU STARfrom Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on November 30. The BEIDOU STAR is the third ship in a series of four new-build LNG carriers that will provide transportation services on long-term charter, for ExxonMobil’s LNG interests in Papua New Guinea and Australia (*1). Before the delivery, the naming ceremony was held at the Hudong shipyard on November 6.


First U.S. LNG shipment to cross expanded Panama Canal

The United States will ship its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo through an expanded Panama Canal next week.   The waterway shaves distances between export plants dotted along the Gulf of Mexico and Asia to 9,000 miles from 16,000, allowing U.S. producers to better compete in one of the world's biggest gas consuming markets.   The size of most LNG tankers had previously prevented them from squeezing through, forcing them to sail around South America instead.  


Jensen to Design LNG Bunker Barges

Image: Jensen Marine

Houston-based LNG fuel supply and distribution company LNG America LLC announced today that it has contracted Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, to design the initial bunker/shuttle barge for its U.S. Gulf Coast operations. Currently no LNG bunkering barges are in operation in American waterways, and these vessels will be among the first to be developed and built


LNG Containment System Upgrade DNV Qualified

GTT’s Mark III LNG cargo containment system reduces the boil-off rate from LNG carriers by one third. Mark III is GTT’s well-established containment system. This has now been further developed to reduce the boil-off rate from 0.15% to 0.10% of the cargo volume per day. The common industry practice has been to build LNG carriers with boil-off rates of 0.15% of the cargo volume per day, reflecting the typical need for boil-off gas as fuel on board


Bestobell Bags Hat Trick Order in China

Photo courtesy of Bestobell Marine

Bestobell Marine, part of the President Engineering Group, has received its third order in the past 12 months from Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. The deal involves the supply of 460 cryogenic miniature needle globe valves per ship for four Teekay/CNOOC/China Shipping Group LNG (liquefied natural gas) Carriers to be built at the shipyard, which will be chartered by BG Group. Bestobell Marine has already secured orders for its cryogenic globe and check valves


GTT Grants License to India's CSL

GTT grants a License Agreement to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for the construction of LNG carriers    GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) announced it has granted a License Agreement to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL) for the construction of LNG carriers using GTT's membrane containment systems.   CSL, the first Indian shipyard to be licensed by GTT, received this license after completing the GTT qualification process including membrane tank mock-up installation.  


Coming soon: German LNG-powered Ferries

An animated sequence of the AGA Seagas LNG fueling vessel by Bomin Linde LNG GmbH

 Germany’s AG-Ems is preparing to put two liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel ferries into operation for the summer season in the North Sea for the first time. They both are powered by Wärtsilä 20DF engines, with fuel to be supplied by Bomin Linde.   The 305-foot Ostfriesland is in the final stages of conversion to LNG power at Germany’s BVT (Brenn-und-Verformungstechnik Bremen GmbH) shipyard using two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel generating


Harvey Gulf Buys 9 Bee Mar OSV's & to Stretch 5

A Harvey Gulf Vessel: Photo courtesy of Harvey Gulf

Harvey Gulf International Marine closes its asset purchase purchase deal with Bee Mar LLC. The purchase price for the all-cash sale of Bee Mar's nine Offshore Supply Vessels was US$243-million. Harvey Gulf immediately renamed the vessels consistent with other Harvey Gulf vessels and began seeking bids to stretch 5 of the new vessels to meet 250’ OSV class specifications. Harvey Gulf also announced that it has exercised 2 of its 4 options to construct additional LNG OSV's at TY


LNG: Did the Greeks Get it Wrong?

Graph: Alibra

 In December 2013, Alibra’s market report front page read: “When in shipping, do as the Greeks do.” At that time, Alibra was referring to the fact that 31% of the LNG carrier orderbook had been ordered by Greek owners.  


Ship of the Year Award for NYK Vessel

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Photo NYK

Japan's first LNG-fueled ship, Sakigake, which is a tugboat owned by NYK has been recognized with a Technology Special Award at the 2015 Ship of the Year Awards sponsored by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE)


Asia Pushes LNG as a Bunker Fuel

Image: Chevron

 An increasing number of ships and vessels are using liquefied natural gas or LNG as a clean fuel to comply with the regulations laid by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) across emission control areas.    LNG as a ship fuel reduces the emission of sulphur dioxide by


DNV GL Recommendations for Adopting LNG as Ship Fuel

LNG as ship fuel in Europe is still at early stage. Photo DNV GL

As air emission requirements are becoming more stringent, one possible solution for reduced emissions is to use LNG as fuel for shipping.  However take-up of LNG as ship fuel in Europe is still at an early stage.  DNV GL has provided a report for the EU1 providing recommendations on how


Qatargas, RWE Ink SPA Deal for LNG Deliveries

Al Hamla Q-Flex Photo Qatargas

Qatargas, the World’s Premier LNG Company, today announced a flexible Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with RWE Supply Trading (RWEST), a leading European electricity and gas company. Qatargas will deliver up to 1.1 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per annum to RWEST in North


Golar, Stonepeak Launch Launch FSRU Joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited announced that it has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with investment vehicles affiliated with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. The joint venture company, Golar Power Ltd, will offer integrated LNG based downstream solutions


Golar Redesigns Ship Management with BASSnet

Courtesy Golar LNG

Following a comprehensive exercise to insource all ship management functions and to build a fully integrated shipping company, Golar LNG recently chose the BASSnet software as the core building block for the management of its fleet of 23 LNG carriers.


No New Australian LNG Projects Doesn't Mean No New LNG

Conventional wisdom in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector is that no new projects will be built for several years, given the vast cost can't be reconciled with the current low prices.   This view has led some in the industry to predict that the market will flip back to a structural


India to Boost LNG Impots

Photo: FERC

 India plans to more than double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal capacity in six years to cater to the rising natgas demand from refineries, fertilizer and power plants, according to a report in the Economic Times.  


Hyundai Bags Order for 2 LNG Carriers from SK Shipping

Photo: SK Shipping Co

 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI) struck a $400 million worth deal to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for SK Shipping Co., a Korean shipowner.    According to the sources, the vessel can carry 180,000 cubic meters of LNG


Scientists Slam BC LNG Proposal

Image: Pacific North West LNG

 International climate scientists are calling on the Canadian government to reject a proposed liquefied natural gas project by Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG in British Columbia, saying it would have dire environmental effects, according to a report in Canadian Press.  


DSME, Sovcomflot Delay Delivery of First Arctic LNG carrier

Yamal LNG project. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Sovcomflot have agreed to delay a liquefied natural gas carrier being built for the Yamal LNG project in Russia.   According DSME statement the vessel, which was originally scheduled for June this year re-set the


Wartsila's Value of Expediency

The value of expediency Photo Wartsila

Regasifying and storing LNG offshore has allowed customers to import gas without committing to land-based infrastructure. The option also speeds up access to vast amounts of energy. “Wärtsilä focuses on completing the LNG value chain,” says Timo Koponen, Vice President


BMT Awarded LNG Engineering For Côte d’Ivoire

BMT to develop LNG import infrastructure in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo source Star Energie

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has been appointed Owners Engineer and lead design consultant by Endeavor Energy, for the development of the LNG storage and regasification facility as part of the Songon Gas-to-Power Project in Côte d’Ivoire.  


Yamal LNG Over 50% Complete

Photo: NOVATEK

 Novatek deputy chairman and CFO Mark Gyetvay said the Yamal LNG project in Russia have now passed the 50 percent overall completion mark.   Gyetvay noted that 100 percent of the Yamal LNG’s production capacity has been sold.  






 
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