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LNG Shipping Under Pressure from Tumbling European Re-exports

LNG re-exports by European countries. Source Drewry Maritime Research

  LNG shipping freight rates continue to be under pressure from weak Asian demand and a growing fleet. Shipowners are now pinning hopes on a revival in European demand. However, European LNG demand growth will not be sufficient to raise freight rates, according to the newly launched LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Until the recent fall in oil prices, Asian LNG prices were at a premium compared to piped gas prices in Europe. European traders therefore preferred to re-export cargoes to more profitable Asian markets (see figure below). This helped to create substantial shipping demand as vessels found employment on both legs of the trade, first in import and then in re-export.  However, as Asian demand has weakened, the price differential between Asian LNG and European piped gas has eroded, which has hit re-exports from Europe. Spain, the biggest re-exporter from Europe, shipped 1.3 million tonnes of LNG during the first eight months of the current year, down 40% over the same period last year. But can Europe be the game changer? The recent fall in oil prices has made LNG competitive compared with piped gas, which has the potential to create more demand for LNG in European countries as they seek to diversify their supply base. However, a growing preference for renewable sources of energy and weakening domestic gas consumption will cap any major surge in LNG demand in Europe


LNG: Gas Demand Drives Investment

A bright future is forecast for the LNG industry, as long-term gas demand drives major investment in global LNG facilities. A new report from energy business advisors, Douglas-Westwood (DW), predicts the Pacific basin will be the main contributor to a ten year global investment high of $26 billion per annum by 2015. The report is being launched this week at the 6th FLNG Asia Pacific Summit, Singapore and the 5th Annual Gas Storage Conference, London


Lithuania Mulls LNG Exports

Image: Klaipėda State Seaport Authority

 Domestic glut prompts Lithuania  government to consider selling-off surplus gas supplies, reports Reuters. Lithuanian LNG importer Litgas could be about to start re-exporting LNG bought.   Lithuania opened an LNG import terminal in 2014 and started exporting natural gas to neighbouring Estonia earlier this year, breaking the supply monopoly of Gazprom.   The Ministry of Energy forecasts that, in 2016


Bomin Linde, Lithuanian LNG Terminal sign MoU

OSLO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Lithuania's liquefied natural gas import terminal and Germany's Bomin Linde LNG will work together to develop the use of LNG as marine fuel in the Baltic Sea, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Thursday. Lithuania opened the first LNG import terminal in the Baltic states last December to cut its dependence on pipeline gas imports from Russia. "In close cooperation both companies aim to jointly develop the LNG fuel market including the necessary


MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay.   Gas Sayago is a joint venture (JV) owned by UTE – the Uruguayan state power company – and ANCAP – the state oil company.    The contract will take effect upon governmental approval which is expected to be


Keppel, BG Group JV to supply LNG Bunkers in Singapore

BG Group and Keppel to fuel ships with LNG in Singapore Photo BG Group

First delivery of LNG bunker expected to commence in 2017 Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary KS Investments Pte Ltd (KSI), and BG Group plc (BG Group) have been selected to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker to vessels in the Port of Singapore. The joint bid submitted by Keppel O&M and BG Group for the LNG bunker supplier licence is one of the two top bids selected by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)


As Freight Rates Fall, LNG Shippers Brace Consolidation

Faltering LNG demand, growing tanker fleet drag on freight rates. Shippers who ply the seas to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) in massive tankers are likely to face a wave of consolidation and asset sales, with freight rates plunging as a growing fleet clashes with tepid demand. Companies that manage to weather the shakeout in one of the key sectors in the global shipping industry should be in a prime position, however


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. The first quarter of 2016 was no better than the previous quarter for LNG shipowners as spot rates remained low at around $30,000pd. Two new liquefaction plants, Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) in Australia and Sabine Pass LNG in the US


Report: LNG Fleet Needs to Expand 66%

The global fleet of tankers carrying liquefied natural gas needs to expand by 66% by 2010 to meet current and future demand from exporters including Qatar, Australia and Nigeria, according to LNG Shipping Solutions, as reported by Bloomberg. About 205 carriers need to be ordered, adding to the 182 ships in service and 127 units already contracted to be built, to meet demand for existing and future LNG projects.,As many as 105 vessels need to be ordered to meet demand for future projects and


Global LNG-Asia Prices Creep Higher on Japanese Demand

Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices edged higher as scattered demand from Japanese buyers and others helped stem the recent decline in prices, traders said on Friday.   The price of spot LNG for April delivery inched up to $6.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) on Friday from $7.65 the previous week, while Europe's benchmark UK gas hub prices slipped to trade at a discount.   "We've seen some end-user demand in Japan," a trader said.  


Staying Afloat Down Under?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In recent years, Australia has been a major growth area for offshore gas production and a key driver of offshore CAPEX, says Clarksons Research.   However, the prospects for Australian gas projects that have yet to be sanctioned are looking increasingly uncertain due to weaker LNG


LNG-fueled Bulker Ordered from Korea

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has signed a contract to build a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier with ILSHIN LOGISTICS. The project is a collaboration between POSCO and ILSHIN LOGISTICS to develop the first in a new generation of ships for greener shipping.


Bangladesh LNG Terminal Edges Closer

Excelerate and Petrobangla Sign Final Agreements for Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal Photo Excelerate Energy

Excelerate Energy L.P. (“Excelerate”), Petrobangla, and the Government of Bangladesh executed the Terminal Use Agreement (“TUA”) and the Implementation Agreement (“IA”) for the construction and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal –


First LNG Vessel Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Shell-chartered LNG carrier Maran Gas Apollonia transiting the Expanded Panama Canal’s Agua Clara Locks

Today, the Panama Canal marked another milestone with the transit of the first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier through its expanded locks.   Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia—measuring 289 meters in length and 45 meters in beam—arrived Monday from the Sabine Pass LNG


Two DNV GL Approvals for GTT Training Software

GTT Training, a GTT subsidiary dedicated to training liquefied natural gas (LNG) professionals and to the development of associated simulation tools, has obtained two approvals for G-Sim training software from DNVGL in accordance with their standard for Maritime Simulator Systems. 


IOC Mulls Buying GSPC's Stake in Mundra Terminal

Image: Gujarat State Petroleum Corp

 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country's largest oil company,  is in talks to buy debt-laden Gujarat State Petroleum Corp’s (GSPC) stake in the under-construction Rs.4,500 crore ($669 million) Mundra LNG import terminal, according to PTI.  


GAIL, Gazprom Renegotiating LNG Deal

Photo: Gazprom

 As weak demand in India forces it to stall some contracted supply, GAIL India Ltd (GAIL) is in talks with Russia's Gazprom to delay and renegotiate a 20-year gas purchase deal undercut by low spot prices, reports Reuters.   GAIL  and Gazprom had earlier signed a deal for two


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)


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


GTT Cuts Outlook on Ship Construction Delays

French supplier of systems for marine transportation of liquified natural gas (LNG) Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) reported strong growth in its first half results on Thursday but cut its 2016 revenue outlook, blaming delays in the construction of some ships.  


South Korea Mulls LNG Bunkering Hub

Image: SSPA Sweden AB

 A group of South Korean companies including shipbuilders have come together to establish an association dedicated to developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facilities and infrastructures including LNG-fueled vessels, says a report in the Pulse.  


Japanese Shipbuilding Sliced

Graph: Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research

 New ship orders placed at Japanese yards fell by 80% during H1 2016 compared to H1 2015, according to data from the Japan Ship Exporters' Association (JSEA).    According to ALIBRA Weekly Market Report , this is the worst decline since the autumn of 2008 in terms of gross tonnage


Wärtsilä in Coalition to Promote LNG as a Marine Fuel

LNG Value Chain. Graphics: Wärtsilä

 Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.    The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of


Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  






 
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