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MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.  Under the agreement, TOTE who is to convert its containership MV Midnight Sun to operate on dual fuel LNG, will work with MARAD to obtain pre- and post-conversion air emissions data, as well as operational information. According to MARAD, the initiative aims to assist maritime stakeholders in assessing the potential results of LNG conversions as part of its ongoing program to promote increased use of alternative fuels and technology in the maritime industry. The roll-on/roll-off cargo ship MV Midnight Sun, which provides round-trip shipping service between the Port of Tacoma, Wash. and the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, is scheduled to be converted at Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd starting in December for a refit expected to be completed within 90 days. The study is expected to be completed by 2018.


LR, Penn Oak Energy Partner for LNG Retrofit Service

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp to help companies raise capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry. Ships that are fuelled by LNG can reduce operating costs while meeting stricter environmental regulations. LNG-fuelled ships have reduced emissions (nitrogen oxide


Kongsberg Contracted to Support FLNG Conversion

CG drawing of the Golar Hilli after conversion (Image courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime secures position in the LNG market with electrical and automation contract for Golar Hilli FLNG   Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and Black & Veatch in the U.S. have awarded Kongsberg Maritime an order for the delivery of an electrical package and safety and automation system for Golar LNG’s conversion of the ex-LNG Carrier Golar Hilli to an FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas production unit).  


ABS Releases Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels

Christopher J. Wiernicki

Notation reflects increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel.   ABS has published the ABS Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuildings for future conversion to gas propulsion.   The Guide formalizes the process for clients who wish to plan for conversion to LNG fuel at a future date by providing a detailed review and approval and an associated class notation.  


NASSCO Launches ECO Class Tanker Independence

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first ship in a series of ECO Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet at a christening and launch ceremony at the company’s shipyard in San Diego on Saturday, December 12.   The ship, the Independence, is a 610-foot, 50,000 deadweight-ton, and LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. According to the shipbuilder, the new ECO Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in


ECA Compliance Waiver Granted to US Shipowner TOTE

TOTE Orca-class: Photo credit Totem Ocean Trailer Express

EPA and USCG facilitate a move by Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) to convert its vessels to alternative fuels. Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) has received a permit providing a conditional waiver from the current Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4 while the company pursues conversion of its vessels to alternative fuels.  The permit was issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under authority provided in Regulation


MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project, and the second is modification of an on-board air pollution control device that will aid the U.S. maritime industry’s effort to decrease its environmental footprint.  


NASSCO Starts Building 2nd SEA-Vista Tanker

Kevin Graney, Pete Radzicki, Parker Larson, Debora Burke, Dave Burke and Tom Denning (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ceremony signals the start of construction for the second SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.   General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, signaled the start of construction for the second of three 50,000 deadweight ton, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista Newbuild III LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holding Inc


NASSCO starts Work on 3rd ECO Tanker

Courtesy of American Petroleum Tankers

  General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a third "ECO" tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony at NASSCO's San Diego-based shipyard. As part of a five-tanker contract, the new ECO tankers solidify a mutual commitment between General Dynamics NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers to design, build and operate innovative and increased energy efficient and fuel-saving products


Ceremony Marks the Construction of 5 American Tankers

APT 1 Start of Construction Ceremony

  General Dynamics NASSCO and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today signaled the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony for the first tanker, the APT-1, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Joined by General Dynamics NASSCO executive leadership and Mayor Faulconer were representatives from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., and Rob Kurz, vice president of Kinder Morgan Terminals and president of KMP subsidiary American Petroleum


India Seeks Stake in Iran LNG Terminal

Dharmendra Pradhan. Photo: Petroleum Ministry, India

 Indian Petroleum Minister Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says India has expressed interest in setting up an LNG terminal at Chahabar port in Iran to ship back home natural gas from Persian Gulf nation, reports PTI.   India is ready to invest $20 billion in the development of Iran’s


Damen Opens US Office

Ruud Haneveer, Market Development Executive for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and Jan van Hogerwou, Damen’s Manager Newbuildings for USA and Canada are celebrating the opening of Damen’s new North American office. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services.


MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

At the naming ceremony Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) in Shanghai on April 29. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on April 8


Pressure Steady on LNG Shipping Rates -Drewry

LNG shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year

File Image: An LNG STS Transfer underway (credit: Excelerate)

The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is


US Battles Russia for European LNG Market

Image: Cheniere Energy

 As the U.S. prepares to enter the European gas markets with its first delivery of liquefied natural gas, Norway and Russia are expected to increase production to lower prices and make exporting less desirable to the U.S., reports Daily Sabah.  


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


New ClassNK Guidelines for Gas-fueled Ships

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Classification society ClassNK has released the fourth version of its Guidelines for Gas Fueled Ships.   With the introduction of increasingly strict environmental regulations, the industry is now turning toward the use of cleaner fuels such as LNG and more recently other low flashpoint


APT’s 2nd ECO Class Product Carrier Christened

Magnolia State (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

 On Saturday, April 23, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the second Jones Act ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Scott Peters spoke at the ceremony


Cyprus LNG Terminal Non-starter?

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Photo: Cyprus Govt

 Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said that building an LNG terminal in Cyprus will depend on discoveries and the results of the country’s third licensing round.   Discussing the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone’s third licensing round


Sinopec Rolls Out Beihai LNG-import Terminal

Image: Sinopec

 China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has taken delivery of the first LNG cargo at its new terminal at Beihai City in Guangxi Zhuang, with the arrival yesterday of the LNG carrier Methane Spirit, delivering a cargo from ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG)project in


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce


UASC, Qatargas and Shell Join to Push LNG as Marine Fuel

Qatargas CEO Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani (fifth left), United Arab Shipping Company CEO Jorn Hinge (fourth left), and Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, Michiel Kool (sixth left) along with other officials after the signing ceremony. Photo: Qatargas

 Qatargas, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Shell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of LNG as a marine fuel in the Middle East region.    This is the second such agreement signed by Qatargas and Shell in as many months and establishes


French Banks Eye Yamal LNG Project

Image: Yamal LNG

 French banks may participate in lending for the Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, a relevant agreement may be signed in 2016, Tass reported quoting Russia's Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev.   "As for French banks - we have made very serious


Third LNG-ready Tanker Delivered to Crowley

Photo: Crowley

Crowley takes delivery of Louisiana, third Jones Act tanker with LNG capability   Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc






 
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