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LR Report: 75 New LNG Ships for the U.S.

Lloyd's Register (LR) released the results of its extensive research into the LNG market. Talking at the LNG conference The role of LNG in North American and Caribbean gas supply in Washington D.C., LR said that between 27 and 75 new LNG ships will be needed to meet the demand for LNG over the next decade in the US market alone. Many factors have been considered by LR in its forecast of the LNG market, including consideration of replacement of ageing existing ships, take-up of excess capacity at existing import terminals and a rash of new import terminal projects that are likely to succeed. The US market finds itself short of energy. Gas is the clean burning fuel-of-choice for the electricity-generating plants mooted for construction in the US over the next decade. LNG is being targeted to provide a large proportion of this demand. This dictates new import, gasification and distribution facilities within the US. To serve these facilities, ships to transport the LNG are a pre-requisite since the most suitable exploitable sources are remote from the US mainland. However, one of the features of today's U.S. market is that it is increasingly supply-led and there are just not enough ships to go around. From the 128 existing ships in the world fleet, around 116 are tied into long-term charter, although current indicators suggest that spot trading is on the increase. Talking at the conference, Graham Marshall, vice president marine support, Lloyd's Register Americas, Inc

LR to Class World’s Largest LNG Ships

Lloyd’s Register is to class all six of the next series of large liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships ordered by Qatar Gas Transport Co Ltd (NALIKAT) for the fifth train of the Qatargas II project. These ‘Qmax’ ships will be the world’s largest LNG ships. They will be twin-skeg, driven by two diesel engines and fitted with re-liquefaction plant. They will transport gas from Qatar to the US. Three of the ships will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), with a cargo capacity of 266

The Dash for Gas

The gas market is exciting, but only for those with a steady nerve and long-term commitment. Over 20 new LNG import projects have been mooted for the U.S. alone. We are witnessing an unprecedented expansion of shipping capacity to meet this and worldwide expansion of demand. Nearly 30 percent of the world fleet of LNG ships by gross tonnage (excluding options) have been ordered within the past two years. A number of these are already earmarked for U.S. import projects

Braemar Brings LNG Expertise to China

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As the demand for LNG grows, the Chinese government has recognized that in expanding its LNG capabilities, it must build-up the skill set of its maritime professionals in this vital sector. A new course created by Braemar Engineering aims to support this growing demand for LNG expertise in China and increase understanding of STCW amendments concerning operation and management regulations for liquefied vessels. Developed in conjunction with the Cambridge Academy of Transport and Shanghai

India's GAIL Postpones LNG Tender; No Takers

Gail India

The state-owned gas utility GAIL (India) has postponed the tender date for its $7.6 billion newly built LNG ships for the third time as it did find any takers.   The state-owned gas utility GAIL has for the third time postponed the last date of bidding, as it couldn't finding any takers for its $ 7.6 billion  tender to buy newly-built LNG ships    The company first postponed the last date of bidding from October 30 to December 4 and then to January 6

Dynagas, GasLog, Golar LNG Team up to Operate LNG Carrier Pool


  Dynagas Ltd., GasLog Ltd. and Golar LNG Ltd today jointly announced having entered into an LNG carrier pooling agreement to market their vessels, which are currently operating in the LNG shipping spot market. The LNG Carrier Pool allows the participating owners to optimise the operation of the pool vessels through improved scheduling ability, cost efficiencies and common marketing. The objective of the LNG Carrier Pool is to serve the transportation requirements of a rapidly growing

LNG Under Construction by Samsung Heavy Industries

Araldite LNG adhesives from Huntsman Advanced Materials are being employed by shipyards, including Samsung Heavy Industries in the construction of a new LNG ship. The vessel is the 100th of its kind to employ Araldite adhesives and to be built for use in the global LNG industry. LNG ships are enormous ocean-going vessels that transport supplies of LNG between energy rich and power hungry countries. The global LNG market is experiencing a period of rapid growth

LNG Carrier to Enter Service in China by End of Year

According to reports, China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Ltd plans to put the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier built in China into operation by the end of this year, serving Guangdong Dapeng LNG Co, an official of China LNG said. A company official said China LNG would also build carriers for CNOOC Ltd's LNG terminals in the eastern province of Fujian and in Shanghai, which are expected to be operational in 2009

China Launches Three Models LNG Vessels

According to a Feb. 7 report from Chinese news agency, Xinhua, China State Shipbuilding Co. (CSSC), the nation's biggest shipyard, launched three self-developed models of liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. The three LNG vessels, with a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters, 175,000 cubic meters, and 220,000 cubic meters, are built to meet the increasing shipping demand as the world's economy is on the track of recovery, said the CSSC. (Source: Xinhua)

South Korea Shipyard Stocks Surge

According to a report from Bloomberg, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (009540 KS) surged 11% percent after receiving an order for two LNG ships Dynagas Ltd. of Greece, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (010140 KS) gained 1.8% after it won a $3b order to build a FPSO facility for Shell Development Pty Ltd., Daewoo Shipbuilding (042660 KS) rose 1.8% and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (010620 KS) rose 3.5%.     (Source: Bloomberg)

GasLog Posts Good Results

Photo: GasLog Partners LP.

 GasLog Partners LP, an international owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers,  increased quarterly cash distribution by 10% to $0.478 per unit for the third quarter of 2015, equivalent to $1.912 per unit on an annual basis.  

Creditors to Pump $3.7B into Ailing DSME

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 Creditors of South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. will pour 4.2 trillion won about (US$3.68 billion) into the ailing shipyard to help it get back on track, the main creditor bank said, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.  

LNG Shipping Under Pressure from Tumbling European Re-exports

LNG re-exports by European countries. Source Drewry Maritime Research

  LNG shipping freight rates continue to be under pressure from weak Asian demand and a growing fleet. Shipowners are now pinning hopes on a revival in European demand. However, European LNG demand growth will not be sufficient to raise freight rates

Wärtsilä Propulsion for LNG Bunker Vessel

The Wärtsilä 34DF engine

A new 5,800-cubic-meter LNG bunker and feeder vessel, being built for Sirius Veder Gas AB at Royal Bodewes, Hoogezand, in the Netherlands, will be powered by a Wärtsilä propulsion solution. Wärtsilä, who received the contract in September

Challenging Times Ahead for LNG Shipping

Global LNG Trade and Drewry LNG Liquidity Ratio per quarter (2013-2015YTD). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

LNG carrier freight rates have come under severe pressure due to rising fleet supply and stabilizing LNG demand, as Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants. Despite the general market belief that new LNG supply from Australian projects will provide ample employment to the growing fleet

Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar

Photo; ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  

CMES Establishes Subsidiary for Valemax

Valemax. Photo by Vale.

 China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES), the dry and wet bulk arm of state conglomerate China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, has set up a wholly owned subsidiary China VLOC Company Limited to operate 400,000 dwt ore carriers in Hong Kong.  

Sinotrans to Build Five Arctic LNG Carriers

Pic: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping, one of China’s largest shipping companies, is in negotiations to take part in a joint venture to commission the building of five Arctic LNG carriers, says the company's stock market announcement.   The company said in a statement that it is in talks with

China Shipping Firms, Dynagas Mull Arctic LNG Vessel Deal

China Merchants Energy Shipping, Sinotrans Shipping and Greek shipping firm Dynagas are in talks to form a joint venture to build five vessels to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Arctic, the firms said. China Merchants said in a stock exchange statement on Tuesday that its board had

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

GTT, Cryovision Install SloShield on GasLog Singapore

LNG carrier GasLog Singapore

  GTT, the world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), announces that it has completed, with its partner Cryovision, the first installation of its innovative sloshing monitoring system, SloShield

GAC to Showcase Bespoke Services for Gas Carriers at Gastech

Courtesy GAC

  GAC is showcasing its full range of ship agency and related services for gas carriers at the Gastech, where GAC’s groundbreaking ‘HullWiper’ ROV system will also be on display. Launched in late 2013, the HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system offers an

Bestobell Secures Another Marine Order

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Bestobell Marine has secured an order for its cryogenic globe and check valves for the second LNG carrier in the Yamal series of vessels being built at DSME shipyard in South Korea.   After winning the contract to supply cryogenic valves to the first vessel that will be owned and

ABS to Class Two More Kogas LNG Carriers

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

  ABS has been selected to class two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) for SK Shipping, featuring the KC-1 cargo containment system (CCS). The agreement brings to five the number of LNGCs to be built to joint ABS/KR class for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)

First US Shale Gas Exports to Sail into Oversupplied Market

When Cheniere Energy opened a new liquefied natural gas import terminal in Louisiana in 2008, a U.S. shale drilling boom quickly made it obsolete. Seven years on, with the Houston-based firm about to open a landmark export plant on the same site, the timing, again, is far from ideal.  

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