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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

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

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.  

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).  

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.  

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

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

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

Keppel Signs $684m FLNG Conversion Deal with Golar

 Keppel Shipyard has signed its third contract with Golar Gandria for vessel conversion works.    The $684 million contract to convert a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to a floating liquefaction facility (FLNG) with the subsidiary of United Kingdom-based Golar LNG will become effective by Sep 21, said Keppel.   The contract will become effective upon the parties fulfilling certain conditions precedent by 21 September 2015.  

Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal

Image: AB Klaipėdos nafta

 Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA).   Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

LNG Port in Poland Opened

The LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Photo: Polskie LNG S.A

 The Świnoujscie LNG terminal in northern Poland is ready to receive its first shipment of gas, with a tanker leaving Qatar on its way to Poland.      The tanker carrying LNG left Qatar-based Ras Laffan port on last Friday and is heading to the LNG terminal

RasGas to Waive $1bln Penalty on LNG Deal

Photo:  RasGas Company Limited

 Qatar-based natural gas producer RasGas will not penalise Petronet LNG for lower offtake of the fuel, says a report by PTI.   Qatar has agreed to waive $1 billion penalty on India for breaking a long-term LNG contract, and has also consented to change the pricing formula to reflect

ABS Deems Crowley Product Tankers 'LNG-Ready'

Ohio (Photo: Crowley Maritime Corp.)

Four-ship series built to ABS class is first to take advantage of LNG-Ready approval for potential conversion to LNG fuel in the future   ABS has issued the first LNG-Ready approval in accordance with its Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to a product tanker

Golar and WAGL Ink Ghana FSRU Contract

Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) services to support their liquefied natural gas (LNG) import operations in Ghana.   

In-hull Dual Fuel Engine Conversion an Industry First

Coral Anthelia (Photo: Cat Marine)

To convert its vessel Coral Anthelia to dual fuel operation, Anthony Veder worked with Cat dealer Bolier to complete the industry’s first in-hull retrofit – saving considerable time and money in the process.    The project saw the retrofit of a marine diesel engine to dual

Deal Struck for Dual-fuel Containership Conversion

At the signing at Europort - front left to right: Dr. Thomas Spindler, Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke; and Christian Hoepfner, Wessels Reederei GM; and back left to right: Marcel Lodder, Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ; Stefan Eefting, Vice President, MAN PrimeServ; Rainer Runde, Project Manager, Wessels Reederei; and Gerd Wessels, Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei

German shipping company Wessels Reederei has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu containership Wes Amelie to dual-fuel operation

World-First, Dual-Fuel Container Ship Conversion

Pictured at the signing at Europort were (front, left to right) Dr Thomas Spindler (Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke) and Christian Hoepfner (Wessels Reederei GM); (back, left to right) Marcel Lodder (Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ), Stefan Eefting (Vice President, MAN PrimeServ), Rainer Runde (Project Manager, Wessels Reederei), and Gerd Wessels (Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei)

  Wessels Reederei, the German shipping company, has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu container ship ‘Wes Amelie’ to dual-fuel operation

Naming Ceremony of LNG JUROJIN

LNG Carrier Courtesy MOL

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today took part in a naming ceremony for the newbuilding liquefied natural gas carrier LNG JUROJIN, which is co-owned by MOL and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Crowley Approved to Import Canada-sourced LNG

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

Swan, EXMAR Partner for India’s First FSRU Terminal

Image: © Swan LNG

EXMAR has entered into a binding Term Sheet with Swan Energy Limited for the joint development and operation of the Jafrabad LNG Port project, to be located in the State of Gujarat, India.   The Jafrabad LNG Port will be a 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) LNG receiving terminal

LR to Class Project Resolve Conversion

Image: Project Resolve

Project Resolve is the conversion of the container vessel M.V. Asterix to an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) interim supply ship capability requirements. Providing support to Project Resolve will be Lloyd’s Register’s (LR)

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