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. This process requires enormous amounts of electricity and large deck area to accommodate the size of this equipment. However, the DSME HP-FGS system uses another method to supply gas. This system compresses liquefied natural gas and vaporizes it into gas form. With this method, this system can supply high pressurized gas (about 300 bar) using low electricity (e.g. about 100kW for the same amount gas supply) compared to existing similar products. It also is compact enough to be mounted on the ship. DSME expects its first contract for an LNG fueled vessel soon. Additionally, it has been predicted that LNG-fueled propulsion systems will be also be adapted for use in other commercial vessels such as containerships and crude oil carriers.
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.
Germanischer Lloyd presents an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to TECHNOLOG for the IPP designed STREAM range of 3,000 TEU to 5000TEU ships. The design of the STREAM 4200 LNG’s 32.25-metre beam allows passage through the existing Panama Canal locks. A draft of 10.50m to 12.00m means the vessel can operate worldwide, including the Kiel Canal (future dimensions) between the Baltic and North Sea. The entire vessel design concept is focused around saving energy
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
Statoil Petroleum grants Eidesvik Offshore ASA a 2-year extension charter for the LNG fuelled Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) 'Viking Energy'. The Viking Energy was the first LNG fueled PSV in the world when it was delivered in 2003, and has been on contract for Statoil since delivery. The new contract has a further two by two years options for extension included in its terms. "Eidesvik have worked for Statoil for more than 30 years
Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries. A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering possible. "Our new passenger ferry, M/S Viking Grace, represents an environmental milestone, and the ability to provide LNG bunkering opportunities is a very important piece of the jigsaw in our
Trade association Interferry says that ferry operators in northern Europe face a near-impossible choice in trying to meet the 2015 deadline for ultra-low sulphur emissions from bunker fuel. The association also warns that the low-sulphur legislation will prompt an environmentally damaging modal shift from short-sea to overland transport and pose severe financial implications for the overall European economy. Under pending IMO and soon to be agreed European Union (EU) environmental
EQT launches pilot program to convert Marcellus drilling rigs to LNG fuel use for diesel engine power needs EQT Corporation has announced the launch of a pilot program to begin converting drilling rigs to liquefied natural gas (LNG), displacing the diesel used to power equipment at the well site. This program marks the first LNG rig conversion in the Marcellus Shale and will provide a cleaner burning alternative fuel for the region’s drilling operations.
Caterpillar, Inc. is continuing its focus on LNG engine technology as part of its ongoing commitment to develop environmentally clean, fuel-efficient engines for the marine industry. This initiative will ensure the company’s marine-focused engines are in compliance with existing IMO II (and pending IMO III) emissions requirements and low-sulfur fuel regulations in emission-controlled areas. Following the company’s 2011 introduction of the MaK M 46 DF
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced it has developed a high performance Hyundai Membrane LNG Cargo Containment System. The shipbuilding giant’s new membrane type containment system for liquefied natural gas received Design Approval from classification societies including ABS and DNV. The containment system, useable for LNG carriers, LNG FPSO, LNG fueled vessel and LNG bunkering systems, features dual metal barrier and high performance insulation systems
In his newly published book, industry expert Nigel Draffin answers the key questions about LNG bunker fuel. The publishers, Petrospot, say that Nigel Draffin answers the key questions about LNG bunker fuel in his usual informative and lucid style
Interlake Steamship moves toward upgrading its fleet to energy efficient, more environmentally friendly LNG fuel. The company has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with Shell to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support Interlake’s conversion of its vessels
Crowley Maritime Corporation's petroleum services group is entering the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market by acquiring Carib Energy LLC. Florida-based Carib Energy, founded in 2011, was the first company to receive a small scale, 25-year, LNG export license from the U.S
On May 17, 2013, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) will sign an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) to build a Sayaendo series new-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. Sayaendo series ships feature a unique structure that integrates the LNG tank cover with the ship hull
Braemar Engineering, the marine engineering consultancy arm within the Braemar Shipping Services Group, has launched a new venture which recognizes the growing importance of LNG as a global maritime fuel source. It will be taking its experience and skills in dynamic positioning (DP)
Attractive payback periods from the additional investments required for LNG fuelled shipping, along with no significant legal restrictions hindering development of LNG bunkering in Australia. This is the conclusion of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) focusing on LNG fuelled tugs and OSVs
IAPH Encourages More Ports’ Involvement to Help Shape Best Industry Practices and Regulations With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels, members of the International Association of Ports and Harbors are laying the groundwork
Wärtsilä signed a five year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner, Viking Line. The agreement, which became effective from March 1, is for maintaining and servicing the recently launched 'Viking Grace', the largest passenger ferry ever to operate on liquefied
GasLog Ltd. announced the delivery of a new LNG carrier GasLog Santiago, from Samsung Heavy Industries. Immediately on delivery, which was on budget and ahead of schedule, she commenced a medium-term charter to Methane Services Ltd. (BG Group).
Wärtsila obtained certification of emission standard compliance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines. It will enable Wärtsilä to strongly enter the American market with marine engine technology that offers
Wärtsilä to supply cargo handling package, dual-fuel engines & propulsion for Denmark's Evergas to be built at Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering in China. In addition to LNG, the ships will be able to carry and reliquefy Ethane and LPGs with the cargo handling package
The 110-metre long ships are ‘single fuel’: not just a first for Shell in the Netherlands but also for the inland waterway shipping industry. The two tankers will sail between Rotterdam and Basel, representing the next step towards more sustainable inland shipping
DNV now offers shipowners the support they need to make newbuilds and existing vessels LNG ready with class approved designs, ready for later, simple retrofit of LNG technology. The service enables shipowners to make smart choices and minimal investments now in readiness for when LNG bunkering
Shell and TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) to develop network of (LNG) fueling centers for road users; alongside that Shell is developing a marine bunkering infrastructure. Shell has been working to develop the LNG for Transport market globally
Adoption of, and interest in, LNG-as-fuel for ships is gathering pace but challenge is as much in safe bunkering and port operations as in ship design. LNG bunkering guidance is one of the key subjects addressed in LR’s latest Gas Technology Report.