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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.  


Daewoo Develops Gas Supply System

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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


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


First Container for LNG Hybrid Barge

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The HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container with LNG fuel has arrived in the Hanseatic City. The barge works like a floating power plant and uses LNG to supply environmentally-friendly energy to cruise ships. Compared to conventional marine diesel with 0.1% sulfur content, sulfur dioxides and soot are no longer emitted


Maritime Fuel of the Future: Training to an Uncertain Standard

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Despite its unquestionable allure, LNG as a fuel carries with it as many risks as it does answers to the problems it promises to solve. As industry and OEM’s work to remove any doubt, the collaborative effort outpaces the slow-moving regulatory machine. Even as Lloyds Register predicts that LNG will reach a maximum 11% share of marine propulsion solutions in 2030, it also says that segments with higher proportion of small ships will see the highest LNG uptake


World's First LNG Fuelled PSV Charter Extended

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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


TOTE Inks LNG Supply Deal

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Partnership represents the start of LNG adoption as a marine fuel in the United States.   Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., and WesPac Midstream LLC have signed a long-term agreement with TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the company’s two new state-of-the-art containerships.   Pivotal LNG and WesPac are constructing a new natural gas liquefaction facility in Jacksonville, Fla


GTT to Exhibit at Euromaritime

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will exhibit at Euromaritime, the European Marine Business Show, from February 3-5, 2015 in Paris, Porte de Versailles.  


Wärtsilä Propulsion Solution for 3 Tugs

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  Three large new escort tugs contracted by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines integrated with a customized gas storage and supply system also supplied by Wärtsilä


Danish Port Gets EU Funding for LNG Bunkering

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Port of Hirtshals in Denmark will receive over EUR1 million a pilot construction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank and bunker, co-financed by EU’s TEN-T Program.  The pilot project will see construction of a 500 cubic meter LNG storage tank and bunkering facility


GTT, Conrad Shipyard Ink Deal for LNG Barges and Bunker Tanks

GTT signs license agreement with Conrad Shipyard for membrane containment systems for LNG barges and bunker tanks   Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, GTT North America, has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with U.S


EU Mulls Green Maritime Transport in Greece

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The EU’s TEN-T Program will invest almost €600,000 in a study for the promotion of LNG use in Greek maritime transport.  The greener and cheaper LNG could contribute to reducing transport emissions and fuel supply costs in the Aegean Sea, INEA


As Interest in LNG Surges, Regulators Struggle to Keep Pace

Joan M. Bondareff

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges and ferries has surged in recent months.  This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low sulfur rules for the North American Emission Control Area (ECA)


Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fuelled RoPax Ferry

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A new passenger ferry being built for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will feature a Wärtsilä integrated solution. The Wärtsilä integrated solution includes a complete LNG powered propulsion- and fuel storage and supply


USCG Addresses Future of Marine Fuels

The future of marine fuels from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise   The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association hosted The Future of Marine Fuels: Emission Control Area and Liquefied Natural Gas Conference in San Pedro, California on December 4, 2014. Representing the U.S


Container for LNG Hybrid Barge Reaches Hamburg

The first container with LNG in Hamburg. Aksel Skjervheim, Shell Gasnor; Dirk Lehmann, Becker Marine Systems; and Max Kommorowski, Becker Marine Systems (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

In the coming year, the HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel has now arrived in the Hanseatic City.  


Bestobell Globe Valves Approved for LNG Carriers

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Bestobell Marine is celebrating securing approval of its new DN350 and DN400 cryogenic globe valve designs that have been developed specifically for the marine sector.  This means that the valves are now fully tested and certified for installation on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Carriers.


DNV GL Gas Ready Notation

DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation provides a clear picture of the level of LNG fuelled preparedness of a vessel.

With the IGF Code practically finalized, the introduction of sulphur limits and burgeoning infrastructure and production capability, LNG as a ship fuel is spreading rapidly through the maritime world.   DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation gives owners


EU Backing UK on Green Maritime Transport

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The EU's TEN-T Program will support with almost $6.29 million the pilot construction of the UK's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker at Teesport near Middlesbrough and the LNG propulsion system of two new ships.   The project will help reduce maritime pollution and support the roll-out


ClassNK Approves Niigata Dual-fuel Engine Design

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Classification society ClassNK has granted approval to the design of the new 28AHX-DF dual-fuel engine developed by Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. The new engine is slated to be used as the main engine on a new LNG-fuelled tugboat being built by Keihin Dock Co., Ltd. for NYK Line


Getting Real on LNG Fuel

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Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed.


Interferry Welcomes IMO Decision on LNG Fuel Tank Placement

Interferry has welcomed a decision at last week’s IMO Maritime Safety Committee meeting (MSC94) setting out rules for the location of fuel tanks on LNG-powered ships, a decision that the trade association said will safeguard further development of the LNG option.  






 
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