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ConocoPhillips Marine Donatation to Help LNG Training

SUNY Maritime College has received a corporate donation of $10,000 from ConocoPhillips Marine to advance Maritime’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) training and educational program. Maritime will make upgrades to its liquid cargo simulator, increase the number of student stations within the simulator and purchase software for use in LNG tanker simulations. The program will also be expanded to include product tanker and crude oil tanker operations and training. Anthony Palmiotti ’79, acting chairman of the department of marine transportation (MT) and director of continuing education says this donation is significant “for it provides the seed money we need to develop LNG training and curriculum for our undergraduates, as well as for our adult continuing education students.” A target date of fall, 2006 is slated to launch the program. Captain George P. McShea, Jr., fleet manager, LNG operations for ConocoPhillips in Houston relays that “the shortage of qualified LNG mariners due to the rapid expansion globally of the LNG shipping industry, prompted our company to make this philanthropic investment at Maritime. We want to ensure that American mariners are a viable option to meet ConocoPhillips’ future mariner needs as our LNG shipping ventures increase around the world.” ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company

JV Wins $2bln Freeport LNG Contract in US

Photo: Freeport LNG Development, L.P. (Freeport LNG)

 A joint venture (JV) between CB&I, Chiyoda International and Zachry Industrial has won a contract worth over $2bn from FLNG Liquefaction 3 for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at Freeport LNG in Texas, US.   Upon completion, the three-train facility will have a total export capacity of more than 13.9 million tons per year of liquefied natural gas.   The deal requires the JV to provide engineering

Unconventional Reserves Fuelling Recruiter Needs

Statistics suggest an industry shift to permanent positions accompanied by inflation in packages worldwide as recruiters attempt to stem the global skills gap. announced that it has seen a significant rise in the amount of roles offered by recruiters in relation to unconventional resources in the energy sector. While shale gas owns the news agenda worldwide, regions such as Canada, Europe, Australia and the Middle East have also placed a focus on other unconventional

Videotel Expands LNG Training

Photo: Videotel

With its latest offering, Videotel said now provides a more extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, among others – the company said it has created a package of training covering the essentials required when operating in this important market. Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, said, “Twice as many LNG carriers are operating today compared with five years ago

Rotterdam Integrates Safety Research with LNG Training Facility

Arjen Littooij, general director Safety Region Rotterdam Area opened today the very first northwest European Falck-LNG-training facility for liquefied natural gas on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

  The Dutch company Falck Risc is becoming the number one expert on LNG safety in Europe. Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This study is part of the LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main Danube and will be ready at the end of this year. As coordinator for the Rhine Corridor in this European project

LNGL Extends Gladstone Lease

	 Mr Fletcher Maurice Brand

Highlights * Gladstone Ports Corporation has extended LNGL’s Fisherman’s Landing LNG Project (FLLNG) site Agreement for Lease until 31 March 2016, with an option for another year * LNGL has signed a non-binding memorandum of intent (MOI) for gas supply with Tri-Star Petroleum Company (Tri-Star). Tri-Star has certain gas tenures in Queensland which could supply gas to FLLNG   * The Tri-Star MOI involves FLLNG processing Tri-Star’s potentially significant gas

LNG Vessel to Join Qatargas Fleet

Qatargas announced the naming of the Q-Flex LNG vessel Tembek at a ceremony held at Samsung Heavy Industries shipbuilding yard in Geoje Island, South Korea. The Tembek will be used to ship LNG produced by Qatargas 2's Train 4 to customers in Europe. It is one of 14 ships that are being built in Korea to service Qatargas Trains 4 and 5. The LNG vessel is owned through a joint venture between Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat) and Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG)

Agreement Means New Jobs on LNG Tankers

New seafaring jobs on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) vessels will go to Americans licensed as ships’ officers under an agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Shell International Trading Company. Under the agreement, Shell becomes one of the first major oil producers to actively recruit American seafarers for its growing fleet of 25 new LNG vessels, all of which will be put into service in the next four years.

Bureau Veritas Kick-starts LNG Bunkering

Jean-Francois Segretain

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published a comprehensive set of guidelines on LNG Bunkering, with the aim of speeding adoption of LNG as a ship’s fuel by kick-starting the LNG bunker chain. Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas says, “We really believe that LNG has great potential as a clean fuel for shipping. But fears over its availability in the bunker chain are holding back owners from adopting it

GTT Expands Capability of LNG Cargo Operations Simulator

GTT Training announced the expansion of the capabilities of its LNG Cargo Operations Simulator.     Used to provide hands on, real time training in the processes and procedures that must be followed to undertake and complete any type of LNG cargo related operation, the LNG Cargo Operations simulator provides full simulation of all the systems on a vessel that are involved in the management and handling of the LNG cargo and maintaining the vessel in a safe condition

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)

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

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

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

Crowley Approved to Import Canada-sourced LNG

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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