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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.


Novatek CEO: Sanctions Hurt Yamal LNG, Upbeat on Plans

International sanctions have undermined the ability of Russia's Yamal LNG project to raise necessary funds but it will be launched as scheduled, Leonid Mikhelson, head of the plant's main shareholder, said in a televised interview on Tuesday.   The company, co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, was placed under U.S. sanctions in 2014, soon after the final investment decision had been taken on the Yamal project in late 2013.  


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 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


Viking Grace Marks 1,000 LNG Bunkering Milestone

M/S Viking Grace. Photo by Viking Line

 From the very beginning, the M/S Viking Grace – delivered in January 2013 – was an environmental milestone.   The vessel attracted global attention as an environmental pioneer by being the first large passenger vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).   


Sovcomflot Profits slip

Projects - The company services large-scale energy projects in Russia and abroad, including Sakhalin-1, Sakhalin-2, Prirazlomnoye, Varandey, Tangguh and Peregrino.

Reviewing the company’s financial and operating results for the first half year ended 30 June 2016, on 23 August 2016, the Executive Board of PAO Sovcomflot (“SCF Group”) noted that despite a tanker market downturn, the company was able to demonstrate strong performance and


Skaugen Goes to Red Again

Photo: I.M. Skaugen SE

 Norwegian Marine Transportation Service Company I.M. Skaugen SE reported interim losses but cautiously positive and expecting a gradual recovery of trading opportunities for long routes the petrochemical market.   The gas carrier owner reported profit before and after tax of minus $ 5


Gasum, Wärtsilä Join Forces to develop Gas Value Chain

Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen and Wärtsilä CEO Jaakko Eskola. Source Gasum

New joint co-operation between Gasum and Wärtsilä aims to develop the utilization and distribution of natural energy gases in marine and land markets. Gasum, the Nordic leader in natural gases and Wärtsilä, a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle


Iran Plans to Ship LNG to Europe

Pic:  Iran Liquefed Natural Gas co

 Iran plans to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Europe, Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Minister of Oil Bijan Zanganeh as saying.   Zanaganeh described Iran’s plan for gas exports to Europe saying “the main objective is to transfer the Iranian product in the form of LNG


KOGAS to Support Korean Shipyards

Deagu Head Office. Photo: Korea Gas Corp.

 In a bid to help South Korean local shipyard weather their worst-ever slump, the State-run Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer, will soon place shipbuilding and maintenance orders with them, says a report by Yonhap.  


Nakilat Upgrades VSAT Service for LNG/LPG Fleet

Photo courtesy of Nakilat

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied


A Shipyard Grows in Trinidad & Tobago

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Spurred by Panama Canal Expansion and U.S. LNG Export, $500 Million Shipyard Projects Starts   As Trinidad and Tobago seeks to diversify its economy, it is banking on a massive shipyard construction project as the centerpiece of a maritime industry and economic revival


Pakistan Mulls Second LNG Import Terminal

BW LNG. Photo:  BW Group

 BW Group (BW) has signed a 15-year agreement with Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL) to provide LNG regasification services utilizing a new-build Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the second Pakistan LNG terminal.  


China Receives First American LNG Cargo

Apollonia passes through the Panama Canals locks on its way to Asia. Photo: Shell

 The first cargo of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to target the world’s largest energy consumer arrived Monday at the Chinese port of Yantian in Shenzhen near Hong Kong.   The cargo was brought onboard the 161,870-cbm Maran Gas Apollonia


Höegh LNG Speeds up FSRU Conversion

Photo Höegh LNG

Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. today announced that it has signed agreements with Wärtsila Oil and Gas (EPCIC regas) and Moss Maritime (engineering) for its first FSRU conversion project, including the ordering of critical equipment with long lead time.


Wärtsilä Re-gasification system for Norwegian Ship Conversion

Wärtsilä will supply the re-gasification system for an FSRU conversion project that Höegh LNG plans to carry out on a modern LNG vessel

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the re-gasification system for an FSRU (Floating, Storage, Re-gasification Unit) conversion project that Höegh LNG plans to carry out on a modern LNG vessel. The contract was signed in August.


SMM 2016: World Premieres from around the Globe

Photo courtesy of SMM

Some 50,000 trade visitors from the whole of the world are expected in Hamburg for the start of SMM in less than two weeks. And once again, it is fully booked – with a total of more than 2,150 exhibitors from 67 countries, presenting their most innovative products and services


Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

Artist rendering of Matson Kanaloa Class vessel. Courtesy General Dynamics NASSCO (Image: Matson, Inc.)

Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million for both


Hoegh LNG Profits Dip

Photo: Höegh LNG Partners

 Norway-based owner and operator of floating LNG import terminals, Höegh LNG  reported a second quarter profit after tax of US$3.5 million, down from $6.3 million in the first quarter 2016.   The company’s profit after tax was also down in comparison to the






 
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