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Korean Shipbuilders Gain Brunei LNG Carrier Order

Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad, BGC, orders its fourth large LNG carrier from Hyundai Heavy Industries Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad, BGC has entered into an agreement for the construction of a new LNG Vessel with Hyundai Heavy Industries Limited of the Republic of Korea and arranged financing with both local and international financial institutions. The Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office in his speech said that the signing was important to the country as it signified many other additional achievements and creates new opportunities for Brunei Darussalam's shipping industry and the oil and gas industry as a whole. Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri,  Retired Colonel Dato Seri Setia, Doctor Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin also said, the building of the fourth LNG Vessel demonstrates the nation's commitment to ensure the delivery of liquefied natural gas, LNG, safely and reliably. The new LNG vessel will have a capacity for 154,800 cubic metres of cargo, will be the fourth to be bulit by Brunei Gas Carriers and is expected to be delivered in October 2014.

Qatar's Nakilat to Order LNG Vessels

According to reports, Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat) is expected to order a further 9 to 11 LNG vessels for RasGas-3 and Qatargas-4 this year. At the beginning, Nakilat activities were primarily focused on securing partial ownership of between 30 and 60 percent of the original 29 LNG vessels ordered. This was equal to approximately 54 per cent ownership of the first tranche of ships. This change in strategy, he said

India to Build Own LNG Fleet

Despite some delays, the Indian shipping industry appears to be finally gearing up to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) fleet. With India emerging as a major importer of the gas, even the Ministry of Shipping has asked Indian ship-owners in no uncertain terms to take the initiative to develop an LNG fleet, according to a report on - It is estimated that by 2012 India's LNG imports will almost equal Japan's current LNG imports of 60 million tons per annum

First Q-flex LNG Carrier Berths at Barcelona, Spain

Photo credit RasGas

RasGas of Qatar announce arrival of their first Q-Flex LNG vessel to discharge gas at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal, Spain RasGas of Qatar announced that it achieved yet another successful milestone when the first Q-Flex vessel delivered Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal, Spain. It is not only the first RasGas Q-Flex vessel to discharge LNG at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal but, it is also the largest the terminal ever received.

E.ON, Mitsui Ink LNG Transport Deal

E.ON has struck a deal with Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines LTD (MOL) to transport liquefied natural gas from the United States, the German utility said in a statement on Thursday. Running over 20 years, the shipping agreement includes capacity of up to two LNG vessels transporting about 800,000 tonnes of LNG from U.S. Gulf projects per year, including the planned terminal near Freeport, Texas, E.ON said.

DSME Launches LNG Carrier for Teekay

Creole Spirit (Photo: Teekay)

Creole Spirit launched to sea 87 days after keel laying   Teekay’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI)-powered LNG vessel, Creole Spirit, was floated out at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea on May 29. The vessel is on charter contract with Cheniere and is expected to enter service early 2016, making it the most efficient LNG ship on the water with the lowest unit freight cost in the world fleet.  

China Steps Up with LNG

China has made concrete progress in shipbuilding. In September 2007, the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) ship made by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) will be delivered, reported the state-run Xinhua News Agency on February 19, 2007. The LNG ship has a capacity of around 47,199 cubic meter and is currently under-construction by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, an arm of CSSC, the topmost shipping group in China and third largest in the world.

CMB Unit Sells LNG Vessel for $65m

Shipping group CMB said its unit Bocimar International has sold its liquified natural gas (LNG) Panamax vessel Jiangnan 2346 for $65m. The group will realise a capital gain on 32 mln usd from the sale on delivery of the vessel, scheduled to take place in the course of the first quarter of 2008. Bocimar has ordered in a joint venture with Wah Kwong two newbuilding Handymax vessels from Chengxi Shipyard, China. The delivery of the vessels is scheduled to take place in March and August 2009.

Blackley Promoted at OSG

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. said that Captain Ian T. Blackley has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Captain Blackley, 54, leads International shipping operations, which includes operational oversight and management of OSG’s 94 crude oil tankers, product carriers and LNG vessels that trade worldwide.  

LNG Carrier Contracts ABB for $40 million

LNG Carrier: Image courtesy of ABB

ABB contracted to provide energy-efficient and environmental friendly solution for four LNG vessels to be built in Korea. Total orders in the first quarter of 2013 landed by ABB, worth close to $40 million, came from three gas transportation industry players and are for the supply of power and electric propulsion equipment for LNG vessels to be built in South Korea. ABB will supply its propulsion plant to work in combination with a duel fuel diesel engine plant on board a 155

GCSG Delivers Harvey Power

Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. She is the second of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf

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

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

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

Teekay’s Gas Carrier Fleet Worth $6.9 Billion


Global shipping giant Teekay LNG Partners can count itself as owner of the world’s most expensive fleet of whole gas (LPG and LNG) ships, worth a combined $6.9 billion, according to online ship intelligence and information service  

LNG Owners Pool Fleets to Cut Costs

Photo: Dynagas

Three of the top liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker owners have decided to market 14 vessels jointly on a spot charter basis, part of a new pooling arrangement that is aimed at cutting operating costs in a depressed market. The pool, consisting of eight modern vessels from Norwegian shipper

Keel Laid for Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

The keel for the second Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid yesterday during a ceremony at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc

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.  

BSM Explores 'LNG as a Marine Fuel'

Photo: BSM

Press release - Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) highlighted the issues and solutions surrounding LNG as a marine fuel at its industry forum, LNG as a Marine Fuel: Addressing the Challenges. Attended by close to 100 delegates from the ship owning, equipment manufacturing

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

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

Shipbuilding: Crowley's First LNG ConRo Ship on Schedule

Image: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is now 25 percent complete, the company announced.

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

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

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

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