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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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Teekay Veteran Glendinning to Retire

Long-time Teekay leader David Glendinning, president of Teekay Gas Services, will retire December 17, 2015, after more than 28 years at Teekay. Stepping up to replace Glendinning is Mark Kremin, currently vice president in the same division, Teekay Corporation announced today.  

Creole Spirit Sets Sail for Sea Trials

Creole Spirit (Photo: Teekay)

Teekay’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI)-powered LNG vessel, Creole Spirit, has sailed out from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard for sea trials.   Creole Spirit is Teekay’s first of nine LNG newbuildings equipped with

Poland Expects First LNG Shipment Next Month

Image: Polskie LNG

 As Świnoujście terminal which is designed to reduce Poland’s dependence on natural gas imported from Russia is at the final stage, Poland expects to receive its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports Reuters.  

Egypt Picks 7 Winners in Tender for 55 LNG Cargoes

Photo: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)

 Seven companies reportedly met with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) to discuss an  liquified natural gas (LNG) tender, including: Vitol, Noble Group, Trafigura, EDF Trading, PetroChina, Shell and Gas Natural, reports Reuters.  

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

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

MOL's Vessel Safety Campaign Launch Tomorrow

Scene from the previous campaign

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the launch of its biannual vessel safety campaign on October 1, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. The current campaign centers on prevention of onboard fires. MOL positions safe operation as a social commitment and the highest priority in all

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

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

Image: MPA

 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

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

Teekay LNG Partners Declare Distribution


  Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has declared a cash distribution of $0.70 per unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The cash distribution is payable on November 13, 2015 to all unitholders of record as at October 13, 2015.

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 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

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

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

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