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BV Launches LNG CAP

Bureau Veritas launched a unique Condition Assessment Program for LNG carriers. The CAP works in a similar way to existing Harmonized CAP programs for oil tankers, but has special requirements unique to LNG carriers. Speaking at the SIGTTO annual meeting in San Francisco today, Bruno Dabouis, commercial manager of BV said, "The LNG market is opening up and there are signs that a spot market for LNG carriers may further develop. That means charterers need to be able to demonstrate that they have taken special care when chartering in older vessels, a new phenomenon in the LNG market. Bureau Veritas, the only classification society present in all types of LNG containment systems and propulsion systems, and with a unique pedigree stemming right back to the very first LNG carriers, was well placed to support the current market changes with technical expertise. "BV has brought together its deep research and development into sloshing loads and structural detail, its experience with lifetime structural maintenance, its successful and fully accepted tanker CAP program and its experience with LNG carriers to develop a CAP for LNG vessels. It is fair to both owners and charterers, and has been accepted by Shell, BP and Total already." BV's experience with LNG carriers in service was also instrumental in it winning a tender to provide a life extension study, through its Tecnitas consulting arm


Lloyd’s Approves Hyundai LNG Carrier Training Facility

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Hyundai Merchant Marine subsidiary has been granted Approved Training Provider status for their facilities and LNG carrier training courses to SIGTTO Training Standards. Lloyd's Register has awarded Approved Training Provider (ATP) Certification to Hae Young Maritime Services Co. Ltd. (HMS), a subsidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd (HMM), one of Korea’s largest shipping companies. The HMS Training Center at Busan


South Korean Yards Expected To Nab 75 Percent of LNG Orders

South Korean shipyards are expected to win about 75 percent of an estimated 48 orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers this year, industry officials said on Wednesday. "There are virtually no rivals to compete with Korean shipbuilders in making LNG carriers in terms of price and quality," said Yoo Jae-won, a spokesman for the Korea Shipbuilders' Association. Surging demand for environmentally friendly LNG was expected to raise the number of LNG carrier orders to around 48 this year


High Royalties to Cut Into Shipbuilding Profits

South Korean shipbuilders are paying large royalties on a core foreign technology for manufacturing liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, causing a big reduction in their earnings, The Korea Times reports. To build LNG carriers, most South Korean and foreign shipbuilders currently use a membrane containment system developed by Gaz Transport & Technigaz of France, a key technology for freezing and storing gas in tanks for transport.


ABS at Forefront of Technical Issues for LNG Carriers

With the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade expected to significantly increase over the next decade, transporting LNG with carriers upwards of 33 percent larger than previous designs means particular attention must be addressed to key technical concerns to assure that the new generation of larger LNG carriers provides the same high degree of reliability as its predecessors. Operators are driving the demand for increased size of these specialized vessels to take advantage of the


Liquid Natural Gas Carrier Ordered by Oman Shipping Co

LNG carrier with 162,000 metres capacity ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries by OSC The Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has  signed an order for a new build LNG carrier with Hyundai Heavy based in Ulsan, South Korea. The LNG carrier, for delivery in 2014, will have a 162,000 cubic metres capacity, and is to be fitted out with dual fuel engines. The new ship will comply with European ‘Green Certificate’ requirements


Qatar Orders LNG Carriers

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) signed a contract with two South Korean shipbuilding giants to construct the world's largest liquified natural gas (LNG) carriers at a cost of $2.5b. The carriers will be the largest in the world in terms of capacity, the statement said. The signing of the deal coincided with the fifth annual Asia Cooperation Dialogue meeting taking place in Doha with the participation of Asian foreign ministers including South Korea's Ban Ki-Moon.


LNG Carrier and Largest Container Ship Delivered

April 3 marked another milestone in the rapid development of Chinese shipbuilding capacity as, at separate ceremonies, two of the nation’s shipbuilders delivered the first LNG carrier to be built in and the largest containership to emerge from a Chinese shipyard. Both of these historic first shipbuilding projects were completed to ABS class standards. Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard delivered the 147,000 m3 LNG carrier Dapeng Sun to China LNG Shipping (International) Ltd for


Teekay to Acquire Up to Two LNG Carriers

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has agreed to acquire a 155,900 cubic meter (cbm) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuilding from Awilco LNG ASA, a Norwegian-based owner and operator of LNG carriers. The vessel, which is currently under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) of South Korea, is expected to deliver in the third quarter of 2013, and subsequent to delivery from DSME to Awilco


MOL Ink Deal to Build, Charter 300m LNG Carrier

New LNG carrier rendering courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) inform it has signed a Head of Agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation to build the new vessel. The ship is slated for completion in 2017. MOL will manage the new carrier, which will transport LNG mainly from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States to Tokyo Gas facilities.


Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar

Photo; ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  


Demand Rising for Cyrogenic Valves in Marine Sector

Photo: Bestobell

UK-based manufacturer of cryogenic valves Bestobell Marine said it has seen a major increase in demand for its cryogenic valves from the marine sector in the U.S. This is largely due to the new Emissions Control Areas (ECA) which is increasing the number of dual-fuel vessels being commissioned


Wärtsilä 34DF Becoming a Trendsetter

Picture of a 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 34DF engine.

  The upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is rapidly becoming established as an industry standard. The three major South Korean shipyards are supporting the use of this engine for auxiliary applications in the LNG Carrier segment where dual-fuel engines are favoured


N-KOM: New VLCC Size Floating Dock

Donnelly Tankers vessel inside new VLCC size floating dock

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the joint-venture shipyard of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Nakilat, continues to see strong interest for its ship repair services in 2015, having already delivered more than 450 projects for shipping and oil and gas companies over the past four


Nigeria LNG to Receive Four Ships in 2015

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) expects to take delivery of four LNG carrier ships before year-end and another two next year, its chief executive said, positioning the state-backed gas exporter to expand its share of the growing market.


ClassNK Releases Guidelines for CNG Carriers

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Carriers.   Global economic and population growth is bringing about increased energy production and consumption. In its latest forecast, CEDIGAZ


GasLog Orders Two LNG Carriers

Photo GasLog

  GasLog Ltd. today announced that it has ordered two new 174,000 cubic meter LNG carriers from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("Hyundai") in South Korea. The vessels are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2017


Tanker Retrofitted with Dual Fuel Engine

Fure West (Image: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine informs it has begin a dual fuel engine retrofit conversion onboard the 472-foot Fure West tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi A/B. The MaK M 43 C diesel engine onboard the tanker will be retrofitted in hull to the seven-cylinder M 46 dual fuel platform


Bechtel Wins Contract for US' First FLNG Facility

Bechtel announced it has been selected by Delfin LNG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corporation, to perform front-end engineering and design for the first U.S.-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) to go into service at Port Delfin.   


Keppel Shipyard Wins FPSO Conversion Contract

Keppel Shipyard

Even as world energy prices continue to maintain low pricing levels, offshore contracts are there to be won. Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd has secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) conversion contract as well as three repair


Transit Cancellation Charges at Suez Canal

Suez Canal

  The Suez Canal Authority has announced that following the completion of the latest development phase, the rules of navigation edition August 2015 are in effect since 13 August. Booked transits may be cancelled or altered by notice to the Suez Canal Authority offices at least 12 hours


Dynagas, GasLog, Golar LNG Team up to Operate LNG Carrier Pool

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  Dynagas Ltd., GasLog Ltd. and Golar LNG Ltd today jointly announced having entered into an LNG carrier pooling agreement to market their vessels, which are currently operating in the LNG shipping spot market. The LNG Carrier Pool allows the participating owners to optimise the operation


LNG Owners Pool Fleets to Cut Costs

Photo: Dynagas

Three of the top liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker owners have decided to market 14 vessels jointly on a spot charter basis, part of a new pooling arrangement that is aimed at cutting operating costs in a depressed market. The pool, consisting of eight modern vessels from Norwegian shipper


Challenging Times Ahead for LNG Shipping

Global LNG Trade and Drewry LNG Liquidity Ratio per quarter (2013-2015YTD). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

LNG carrier freight rates have come under severe pressure due to rising fleet supply and stabilizing LNG demand, as Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants. Despite the general market belief that new LNG supply from Australian projects will provide ample employment to the growing fleet


GAC Handles First FSRU at Aqaba

GAC Jordan Managing Director Ghassoub Kawar and Deputy General Manager, Ibrahim Attieh along with  Lars Egeberg - Project Manager, Tor Jahren – Fleet Manager, Capt. Ivica Mirovic and other members of Golar Eskimo and GAC Jordan at the Aqaba port.

As Jordan steps up its LNG imports, GAC was entrusted with handling the first gas carriers to offload at Aqaba.   The country has signed a sales and purchase agreement with Shell for the delivery of nearly 17 million cubic meters per day of gas






 
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