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Veka-Group Develops LNG Tankers

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Veka-Group has developed  three new LNG tankers, which can also be used as bunker ships.   Two tankers are destined for short sea trips and/or coastal services. The third tanker, a LNG inland waterway bunker ship, is the first of its type in the world.  The tanker sails almost completely on the ‘boil off’ of the load and is 100% emission-free. After the introduction of the first bi-fuel tanker in the world, the “Pioneer Knutsen”, this is again a proof of Veka-Group’s innovative power.    With the “Pioneer Knutsen”, Bijlsma Shipyard, member of the Veka-Group, was years ahead of her time. ‘It was the first bi-fuel LNG tanker ever built’, says managing director Arend Bijlsma. ‘Especially for this project we have developed new technology for the storage of LNG and for the use of LNG as fuel for the propulsion engines. The combination of these two techniques made it possible to sail the tanker for a significant part on the ‘boil off’ (the gas that is released by keeping the load on the correct temperature). The engine switches to diesel in case of insufficient ‘boil off’ availability, which explains the  term bi-fuel.’ Thanks to these innovations applied when building the “Pioneer Knutsen”, the design received the ‘Clean Marine Award ’ from the European Commission.   Use of ‘boil off’ clean and cost-efficient

Nordics First Bunkering Station for LNG

First Ever Bunkering Station for Liquefied Natural Gas (

  Skangas announced that the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Nordics is open and operating successfully.  The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first - and largest - in the world to use "single fueled LNG engines," meaning that they are powered exclusively by LNG. Loading arm is a well-known method of transferring cargo for large oil and LNG terminals

Tips on Reducing Ship Operating Costs

Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of Tote, Inc., is the featured Keynote Speaker at the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference, October 22-24, 2013.

While there are indications that the shipping industry is starting to emerge  from the doldrums of the last six years, signals remain mixed.  Moore Stephens reported in June that shipping confidence has risen to its highest point since 2010. Indeed, there are signs of a new wave of speculative ordering of new tonnage, propelled by bargain-basement prices from shipyards desperate to fill slots and a reported influx of capital from private equity sources

100 Years With Diesel - Successor Ready


Exactly 100 years ago, the Danish ship Selandia set an example for international shipping as a pioneer within CO2 reduction. Now we are ready for yet another environmental quantum leap. The most distinctive feature of the M/S Selandia was the fact that it had no funnel emitting black smoke up into the sky. The M/S Selandia marked the beginning of the end of steamships. As the first ocean-going ship, she sailed on diesel instead of coal. A technological revolution built at the B&W shipyard

Wärtsilä to Provide TMA for Golar Fleet

Golar LNG vessel Photo by Golar

  Wärtsilä signed a 5-year Technical Management Agreement with Golar Management Oslo for delivery of services to Golar LNG - one of the largest independent owners and operators of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in the world. The service agreement includes remote monitoring of engines, maintenance planning, advisory services, and guaranteed availability of personnel as well as spare parts. Golar LNG operates a fleet of 13 vessels

Alternative Fuel: Defrosting LNG


As Cargo, Fuel or both; LNG is emerging as the clear and clean way forward for the maritime industry.   •    In the Beginning     The use of LNG as a marine fuel is not new. Vessels trading cryogenic LNG have burned boil-off natural gas in steam boilers for many years as a simple solution to maintaining necessary temperatures and pressures within cargo spaces. The use of the fuel varied according to the size of the ship and a boil off rate ranging

Shell to Put Teekay’s LNG Newbuilds into service

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  Subsidiaries of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. and a wholly owned company of Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced that they have entered into time-charter contracts for five newbuild LNG carriers. The vessels will operate as part of Shell's global LNG fleet under time-charters ranging in duration from six to eight years, plus extension options. Delivery of the vessels will start from the second half of 2017 into 2018.

NYK Charters 2 LNG Carriers for Freeport LNG Project

  Two joint-venture companies that NYK has established with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. each concluded a time-charter contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. In addition, one of the joint-venture companies, Trans Pacific Shipping 6 Limited, concluded a shipbuilding contract with MI LNG Company Limited,* and other joint-venture company, Trans Pacific Shipping 7 Limited

MAN B&W Gas New Liquid ME-GI Engine

The general-cargo carrier newbuilding will be designed by FKAB in Gothenburg, Sweden and powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new Liquid ME-GI engine running on LPG. Pictured here is another FKAB design for an LNG feeder vessel. Image courtesy MAN Diesel & Turbo.

MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced its Liquid ME-GI (Liquid Gas Injection) engine. The Liquid ME-GI is powered by LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), a smaller market than LNG but of significance in certain segments such as the small tankers that ply river traffic and coastal shipping routes. The Liquid ME-GI is a variant of MAN Diesel & Turbo‘s ME-GI engine, whose control and safety system is based on the experience gathered since the mid-1990s at working gas plants

Greek Shipowners See Advantage of Fuel-Sharing Mode

More LNG Carriers employing 51/60DF engines. MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the contract to supply the engines for two Greek LNG carriers (LNGCs). The installation of the MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel engines aboard the newbuildings represents an important first such reference for the company in the segment. The configuration for the new order covers 2 × 9L51/60DF + 2 × 8L51/60DF engines, a total of 34 MW installed power per vessel

Wärtsilä 31 Engine for Aker ARC 124 Icebreaker

Wärtsilä launches the new Wärtsilä 31 engine a breakthrough in efficiency

  The recently introduced Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, has been selected to power a state-of-the-art new generation icebreaker currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg

Tsakos Fixes Three LR2s on Timecharter

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd

 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (TNP) announced the charter for an average of 36-months per vessel for its three LR2 Aframax tankers to a major European oil concern for crude trading operations. The total gross revenues from these three fixtures are

Two RAscal 1500 Tugs Delivered

RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners

  Sanmar Shipyard of Turkey has recently completed two RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners. The tugs are now delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing facility at the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

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

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

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

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

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 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub

BW Gas Floating LNG Terminal Arrives in Egypt

A second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal arrived in Egypt without cargo on Wednesday and will start operating in the third week of October, state gas board EGAS head Khaled Abdel Badie told Reuters. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) provided by Singapore-based

Qatar – World's Biggest LNG Exporter

Photo:  Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatar has retained the crown of the biggest exporters of natural gas and the biggest exporter of liquid gas or LNG in the world, reports The Peninsula.   The country exported nearly 77 million tonnes (MT) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in 2014 which was approximately one-third of

LNG Cement Carrier Greenland Ready for Launching

M.V. ‘Greenland’ bn 423. Photo by  Ferus Smit

 LNG-powered M.V. Greenland, a dedicated cement carrier, will be launched on October 31 at Ferus Smit Westerbroek Yard in the Netherlands.   The vessel will be one of the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system

Dredging Contract Awarded for Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

U.S. dredging services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it was awarded a contract for work on an export terminal under the development of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL).   CCL, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

GTT Receives 3rd FSRU Order of 2015

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has won a new order for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from the Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.  

Shell Plans Second LNG Terminal in India

Image: Hazira LNG and Port

The Hague-based global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is planning to establish a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the east coast of India at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.    Shell already has a 5 million tonne LNG terminal at Hazira in Gujarat set up nearly a decade back

EC Approves Aid for Finland's First LNG Terminal

Pori LNG terminal Photo: Gasum Oy

 The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Finland's plans to grant €23 million to construct a small scale LNG terminal at Pori on Finland's west coast.   The European Commission has concluded that Finland's plans to grant €23 million of public funding for

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