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Pilot's License Suspended Following Damage to LNG Facility

An administrative law judge has suspended Pilot John C. McCarthy III's license Friday for eight months, with additional 12 months probation, after ruling that the Coast Guard proved its case of negligence and misconduct against him. The judge's decision stemmed from a March 14, 2006, incident on the Savannah River where the tank vessel Charleston, piloted by McCarthy, passed the liquefied natural gas facility on Elba Island at a speed in excess of 14 knots during an LNG transfer. The surge resulting from the vessel's speed caused an emergency dock shutdown, cargo hose separations, the collapse of a gangway, and mooring lines to part. All emergency equipment at the LNG facility functioned as designed and no LNG was released as a result of the damage. Following a comprehensive investigation, the Coast Guard pursued action against McCarthy's license due to concern that his negligence posed a hazard to navigation and based on the pilot's past history, which included three previous proved charges for negligence. In addition to the action taken against McCarthy, the Coast Guard determined the Captain of the tank ship CHARLESTON was also negligent in his role and was issued a letter or warning in lieu of suspension or revocation. The Coast Guard is responsible for navigational safety on the Savannah River and enforces a Regulated Navigation Area to ensure the safety and security of LNG operations

W&D Delivers Z-Drive FiFi Tug

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine delivered Bulldog, a 98 x 37 ft., 6,700 hp, Z Drive firefighting tug, to Crescent Towing of New Orleans, La. Bulldog provides ship-assist and escort services for LNG tankers at the Elba Island LNG re-gasification terminal in Savannah, Ga. Bulldog is a new Washburn & Doughty in-house design and the first tug built at the yard for Crescent Towing. Washburn & Doughty's Chief Naval Architect and Vice President, Bruce Washburn

USCG to Evaluate LNG suitability of Columbia River

The Coast Guard received official notification of Northern Star Natural Gas LLC’s plans on January 18, 2005. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Portland will assess safety and security issues associated with liquefied natural gas tankers traveling on the Columbia River in order to make a recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Northern Star Natural Gas LLC’s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Bradwood, Oregon at Columbia River mile 38.

LR to Class BC Ferries' LNG-fueled Newbuilds

Photo courtesy of BC Ferries

BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland contracts totaling $165 million to build three new Intermediate Class LNG-fueled passenger ferries, to be classed by Lloyd’s Register (LR). The new intermediate class vessels will be the first vessels in BC Ferries’ fleet to operate as dual-fuel capable, using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or diesel fuel for propulsion and power. Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering, said

ABB Wins Contract from Chinese Shipyard

LNG illustration courtesy ABB

  ABB announced that it will deliver advanced electrical propulsion systems for four LNG carriers under construction by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. The LNG vessels are a joint venture between China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Limited (CLNG) and Teekay, and will operate under 20-year time-charter contracts with Methane Services Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BG.

Hyundai Merchant Marine Denies Rumors

Hyundai Merchant Marine, South Korea's largest shipping firm, denied on Thursday a local report it had begun a debt-rescheduling program led by creditor banks. "It is not true that the company began a debt-rescheduling program led by creditors and the government formed a debt team due to rising debts," the company said in a statement. The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted an official at the FSS as saying that the new debt-rescheduling team was formed as some financial institutions were inclined

LNG Marine Fuel Taking Hold in America: FMC Commissioner Speaks

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

In his speech at the LNG Export & Export & Infrastructure Conference Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle gives insights on the consequences of the adoption of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel in the United States. The text from the Federal Commission Newsroom is as follows: "Good Afternoon: I am a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. The Federal Maritime Commission is an independent regulatory agency responsible for regulating the

LNG Carrier Cool-down by SLNG a First

Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first vessel cool-down service, following an agreement signed with Malaysian shipping company MISC. This is the first agreement for vessel cool-down services that SLNG has entered into, and the first cool-down was performed on one of MISC's LNG ships, the Seri Bakti.  SLNG began commercial operations on May 7, 2013 and has since been providing throughput services for LNG ships transporting LNG in tanks under cryogenic temperatures

Middle East Launch of DNV GL's Safe LNG Bunkering RP

M. Shahrin Osman: Photo DNV GL

DNV GL says it is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia. The launch in Doha is in conjunction with Qatar’s announcement that it is going to establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel in Qatar and the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG

LR to Support LNG Bunkering in Portsmouth

Aerial view of Portsmouth and ferry terminals (Photo: LR)

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is working with British port to develop operational procedures and technical standards required for safe LNG bunkering operations. LR has commenced a project to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in Portsmouth International Port. The project will position Portsmouth to develop its ambitions to become an LNG bunkering facility and hub – the first in the United Kingdom.

Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal

Image by Swan Energy Limited

 Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).   The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar

RasGas to Waive $1bln Penalty on LNG Deal

Photo:  RasGas Company Limited

 Qatar-based natural gas producer RasGas will not penalise Petronet LNG for lower offtake of the fuel, says a report by PTI.   Qatar has agreed to waive $1 billion penalty on India for breaking a long-term LNG contract, and has also consented to change the pricing formula to reflect

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Monadelphous Bags Shell FLNG Contract

Image: The Ichthys LNG Project, one of the world’s largest LNG developments. Photo by Monadelphous Group

 The engineering group Monadelphous has won a $200 million Shell Australia contract on its Prelude floating LNG project off the Kimberley coast.    The contract is for major, long-term maintenance and modifications services for the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG)

Honeywell to Automate Finland's First LNG Terminal

The liquid natural gas terminal under construction in Finland. Image credit: SkanGas

 Honeywell has announced that it has received a contract to supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) automation controls and tank gauging systems for Finland’s first LNG import terminal.   The new terminal will efficiently supply natural gas to marine vessels and

LNG Port in Poland Opened

The LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Photo: Polskie LNG S.A

 The Świnoujscie LNG terminal in northern Poland is ready to receive its first shipment of gas, with a tanker leaving Qatar on its way to Poland.      The tanker carrying LNG left Qatar-based Ras Laffan port on last Friday and is heading to the LNG terminal

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal

Image: AB Klaipėdos nafta

 Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA).   Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish

BMT Fluid Mechanics to Validate FLNG Design

Marlin free surface velocity field

The emergence of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) concept has seen an unprecedented focus on development activity and has reinforced the commercial interest in these facilities. However, as the industry strives to make the concept a reality

Swan, EXMAR Partner for India’s First FSRU Terminal

Image: © Swan LNG

EXMAR has entered into a binding Term Sheet with Swan Energy Limited for the joint development and operation of the Jafrabad LNG Port project, to be located in the State of Gujarat, India.   The Jafrabad LNG Port will be a 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) LNG receiving terminal

Lithuania Opens Door to LNG Re-exports

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday approved amendments which will allow the Baltic state to re-sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the international markets, the energy ministry said.   The current laws require the country's regulated energy and heat producers to buy at least 540 million

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

Oman Shipping Names Two New Tankers

The recently named tanker Muscat Silver (image: Oman Shipping)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has performed the naming ceremony for two new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver.   The ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal

Magnolia LNG Receives Final FEIS

Maurice Brand is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited Photo LNG

Liquefied  Natural  Gas Limited and Magnolia LNG LLC (Magnolia) announced that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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