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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.   "ABS is a leader in LNG as fuel, with a number of newbuilding and conversion projects in progress, and there is strong interest in preparing for a future in which LNG takes a bigger role," says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "The Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels draws on our practical experience by providing a detailed approval process and a notation that clarifies the extent to which a vessel is LNG Fuel Ready."   The Guide includes a basic level of Concept Design Approval, with a design review for approval in principle (AIP), and two optional levels for general design approval and installed equipment, which constitute a complete review and survey of the system to be installed on the ship.   The first optional level is a General Design Review that allows an owner to approach a shipyard with a reviewed design package for the gas-fueled system at the time of conversion.  

USMRC LNG Bunkering Safety Course for Harvey Energy Crew

Photos courtesy of USMRC

The United States Maritime Resource announced that its training partner, Harvey Gulf International Marine, recently launched the PSV Harvey Energy, the first LNG-fueled vessel to enter service in North America. In March, the PSV Harvey Energy began working on charter to Shell in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after the vessel’s first successful LNG bunkering operation. Middletown, R.I.-based USMRC developed the LNG bunkering safety training course for Harvey Gulf in 2014 as it prepared to

Daewoo Develops Gas Supply System

MEGI FGS_03_web.jpg

In May 2011, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering developed a new HP-FGS (High-Pressure Fueled Gas Supply) system for MAN-Diesel & Turbo’s ME-GI Engine. Though there are small and middle-size LNG fueled vessels already, this dual fuel engine was designed for large commercial vessels. This HP-FGS system supplies highly-pressurized (about 300 bar) natural gas fuel to an engine. To date, existing FGS systems compress gas to a high pressure

Order Placed for First Gas-Powered Car Carriers

Artists Depiction: courtesy MAN

Dual-fuel ME-GI engine adds important reference to growing list. United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract for the construction of two LNG-powered Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTCs). A single MAN B&W 8S50ME-GI dual-fuel engine will power each newbuilding.   The PCTCs will be capable of operating on LNG fuel, heavy fuel oil or marine gas oil, providing greater flexibility and efficiency. They represent the first such vessels globally to be fitted with an LNG

Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

Harvey Energy

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine and is the first of its kind in the region to run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Built by the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi to meet requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation

GCSG Delivers Harvey Power

Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. She is the second of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf International Marine, and like her sistership Harvey Energy, Harvey Power is capable of operating on LNG or diesel fuel. Along with being able to operate on LNG

Hyundai Unveils Diesel Engine Dual-fuel LNG Package

HHIs FGSS Test Announcement: Photo credit Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announce a successful demonstration of the world’s first ME-GI gas engine package test in combination with Hi-GAS. 
 HHI’s independent LNG Fuel Gas Supply (FGSS) the 'Hi-GAS' system (Hyundai Integrated Gas Supply System) allows marine engines to use diesel and LNG for fuel. Hi-Gas system can be used in all types of vessel such as LNG carriers, containerships, and oil tankers

Wärtsilä to Present 'New Maritime Era for Gas' at IWBS

Wärtsilä's John Hatley PE,  Americas VP Ship Power, will talk on the subject at  upcoming International Workboat Show (IWBS), New Orleans. Wärtsilä’s gas systems offerings now include small scale LNG liquefaction , regasification , LNG fuel systems  and LNGPac . Combined with Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engine technology this expanded scope of supply is delivering the benefits of LNG along with operational flexibility.

Washington State Ferries Explores LNG

Renderings of LNG tanks on an Issaquah class ferry

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is exploring an option to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a source of fuel for the Issaquah Class ferries. LNG is used worldwide and provides an opportunity to reduce fuel costs, and better the environment by decreasing emissions. Saving money, cleaner environment, energy independence Fuel is WSF's fastest growing operating expense; it burns more than 17 million gallons each year. Its fuel budget is over 30 percent of the FY11-13 operating budget

ABS to Class US' First LNG Bunker Barge

ABS has been selected to class an LNG bunker barge under construction at Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc, a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the classification society announced.   The 2,200 cu m barge is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016 and will initially be deployed in Tacoma, Wash., to service shipowner Totem Ocean Trailer Express’s (Totem Ocean) Orca Class ro-ro vessels

Steel Processing for Brodosplit Box ship Begins

Steel cutting courtesy Brodosplit

Processing of steel for Hull's 476, 477, 478 and 479 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 12 November 2015. It is the Multipurpose Container vessels contracted for the company Brodosplit Navigation Ltd. Ships will be 184.43 meters long, 27.5 meters wide and 15

Dual Fuel Bulker Gets AIP from Class NK

Classification society ClassNK has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a 98,000 dwt LNG-fueled bulk carrier design developed by Maritime Innovation Japan Corporation (MIJAC).   ClassNK said it carried out the safety evaluation of the vessel and approved the concept design based on the

NYK Again in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

NYK Included in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for a Fourth Consecutive Year Image from NYK

NYK has been included in the CDP*’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for a fourth consecutive year.   The company received a perfect score in the CDP's 2015 Climate Change Information Request, ranking in the top 10 percent of the CDP’s Japan 500 target companies

Deltamarin to Designs First LNG Handysize Bulk Carriers

Deltamarin designs of LNG handysize bulk carriers Courtesy Deltamarin

  Deltamarin Ltd proudly announces that it has signed a contract to design the world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers, which will point the way towards greener shipping of commodities. The two B.Delta26LNG vessels will be constructed for the Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping Ltd by the

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

NASSCO Starts Building 3rd SEA-Vista Tanker

Artists rendering of SEA-Vista commercial product tanker (Image: General Dynamic NASSCO)

Ceremony signals the start of construction for the third SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.   U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start construction today for the third product tanker to be built for SEA-Vista

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens First ECO Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego.   San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs

Industry Stakeholders to Develop LNG-Powered Bulker Design

Deltamarin, Arista Shipping, ABS and GTT announce Project Forward, a joint development project to equip the dry bulk carriers of the future with LNG propulsion. The project, led by Athens-based bulk carrier owner Arista Shipping, began officially in May this year

LNG Bunkering Market to Develop at 63.6% CAGR

Photo: Gazprom

 For shipping companies operating in emission control areas (ECAs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) represents an attractive bunkering alternative.    "The lower cost of LNG bunker fuel than other variants of ECA-compliant fuels in Europe and North America is the primary reason

Bestobell Secures Another Marine Order

Photo: Bestobell

Bestobell Marine has secured an order for its cryogenic globe and check valves for the second LNG carrier in the Yamal series of vessels being built at DSME shipyard in South Korea.   After winning the contract to supply cryogenic valves to the first vessel that will be owned and

LNG Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another milestone, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks

DNV GL in LNG Bunker Drive

Photo by DNV GL AS

 Until now, there has been no international standard describing the methods for fiscal measurements and suitability for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, despite the growing international market for small scale LNG bunkering.   

GTT Debuts LNG Advisor

Courtesy GTT

  GTT, the world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), announces the launch of a new offer with LNG Advisor. Designed for LNGCs, it is a new boil-off gas (BOG) monitoring system during LNG sea transport

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

Clean Energy Bunkers Isla Bella with LNG

Photo by Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. participated in a little history last month when it supported General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO’s launch of the Isla Bella container ship, the first of its kind to operate on LNG fuel. Clean Energy provided bunkering services and fuel from its Boron

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