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MOL Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier

Image: Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited

 Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited (MOL) has taken delivery of the LNG carrier Papua built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company.  The Papua is the first in a series of four vessels to provide LNG transportation for the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea and the Gorgon LNG project in Australia.    MOL will operate the Papua ship under a long-term charter for the PNG LNG project, which is operated by ExxonMobil.   In January 2011, MOL assigned technical experts to the shipyard in China and created a shipbuilding supervision team to ensure the safe and high-quality construction of these LNG carriers. Since then, the company has been actively involved in the project to build these LNG carriers in China, in cooperation with ExxonMobil.   The ship was named Papua by the First Lady of Papua New Guinea, Lynda Babao O'Neill, in a naming ceremony at the Hudong shipyard on 8 January. The vessel will be used to transport LNG for China’s Sinopec, and is co-owned by China Shipping and Sinopec.   MOL’s strong and successful relationship with its Chinese partners in this project led to an initiative to build a further six new LNG carriers for SINOPEC, in which MOL has participated since April 2013. These ships are now under construction at Hudong. A total of 10 vessels, including the four serving the PNG LNG and Gorgon Jansz projects, will be completed by 2017. Completion of the first vessel marks a significant milestone.


Papua New Guinea Bullish on LNG Potential

Map:  InterOil Corporation

 A new wave of investments in Papua New Guinea’s energy sector could see some $19 billion of projects launched in the coming years, boosting the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) output and providing employment to thousands.   France's Total S.A. is progressing work on the Papua LNG Project in Petroleum Retention License (PRL) 15, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and construction of the development is expected to commence in 2018, creating employment for up to 10,000 persons


Hudong-Zhonghua Selected to Build LNG Carriers

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced today that they have selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four LNG carriers in .  These carriers will provide LNG transportation from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Gorgon Jansz LNG projects and will be jointly owned by MOL and China Shipping (Group) Company (CS). 


Kitimat LNG Partners to Purchase Pacific Trail Pipelines Interest

Kitimat LNG partners Apache Canada Ltd. (Apache Canada) and EOG Resources Canada Inc. (EOG Canada) announced that they have agreed to purchase the 50 percent interest in the Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership (PTPLP) they do not own from Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) for $50m. Apache Canada and EOG Canada will pay PNG $30m on closing – expected by the end of February – and a second payment of $20m when the purchasers decide to proceed with construction of the Kitimat


Australia, Papua New Guinea Team-Up to fight illegal fishing

An ABF Dash-8, the aircraft used in the surveillance mission Photo Australian Border Force

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Defence Force Maritime Element conducted a PNG Government led joint patrol to identify and intercept Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels operating in the vicinity of Budi Budi Island (an Atoll) in Milne Bay. The ABF’s Maritime Border Command (MBC) received a request from the PNG Defence Force Maritime Element for assistance in detecting and intercepting Vietnamese vessels suspected of illegally fishing in PNG waters.


Oversupplied Japanese LNG Players to Sell off Excess Volumes

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Asian spot LNG prices extended losses this week as oversupplied Japanese utilities sought to offload cargoes and as key European gas benchmarks softened.   Asian prices for LNG delivery in March fell 25 cents to about $7.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), traders said, ranging from $8/mmBtu to about $7.60/mmBtu.   Prices tailed off even more sharply into April, currently trading at around the $7/mmBtu mark, they said.  


LR Wins Landmark LNG Deal

Lloyd’s Register has won the classification contract for four 155,000 cu-m Technigaz Mk III membrane-type LNG carriers, ordered by BP Shipping at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with a further four options. These ships are the largest LNG carriers ordered to date. The ships are also noteworthy in that they will have dual fuel diesel electric propulsion and will be the first LNG ships with this type of propulsion to be built in Korea


T&T Salvage Aids Charity’s Efforts Against Malaria

A small feeder container vessel ran aground off the coast of Papua New Guinea. A large part of its cargo consisted of 32 containers of mosquito nets owned by international charitable organization the Rotary Club through their subsidiary Rotarians Against Malaria, a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) engaged in a program aimed at eliminating Malaria in Papua New Guinea by the use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets (LLIN’s) which are delivered free of charge to


Maersk Line Fast Growing in Pacific

Image: Maersk Line A/S

 Four years after launching a dedicated service into Papua New Guinea, Maersk Line is one of the key carriers in this fast growing Pacific country, claims Social Media Community of Maersk Line.   Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia.   One of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world


Qatar Petroleum Delivers 500th LNG Cargo UK

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum. Photo: QP

 Qatar Petroleum (QP) has announced the delivery of the 500th liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from QP affiliate Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (2) to the South Hook LNG Terminal at Milford Haven in the United Kingdom.   The landmark delivery, on Thursday March 24th, was made on board the Q-Flex LNG vessel Al-Hamla.    Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, described the delivery as “another significant achievement for Qatar’s LNG


Gazprom to Cement LNG Ties with Kuwait

Lena River gas carrier. Photo: Gazprom

 Russia-based energy company Gazprom has negotiated about supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to Kuwait, reports Tass.   The talks continue in "a rather progressive mood,"during the the Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s visit to the Middle East country


Thailand Boosts LNG Imports

Image: PTT LNG

 Thailand is signing new contracts for LNG purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production, Bloomberg reported.   Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will boost LNG imports by more than 70 percent this year.  


ABB to Power and Remotely Monitor LNG FSRU Vessel

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB will supply the power and electric propulsion system to a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for BW Group, which will also be remotely connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers.    The equipment onboard will provide data to the shore-side Centers


New Fuel Regs Drive Scrubber Business

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association and its members are preparing to meet higher demand for gas scrubbing systems to bring SOx emissions in line with the targets set by the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulfur content proposals. As previously reported by this correspondent in Maritime Reporter


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


CFE Extends 2-Cargo LNG Tender Close by One Day

Mexico's state-run power utility CFE has extended the close of a buy tender seeking two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in April by one day to Wednesday, trade sources said. The deliveries are due to arrive at Mexico's Altamira terminal on the Atlantic coast


Clean Shipping on the Great Lakes

Photo: The Interlake Steamship Company

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently spoke with Mark Barker, president of The Interlake Steamship Company, who has sent its fourth vessel — its second 1,000-footer — to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers. After seriously pursuing the possibility of converting its


Gail India Seeks First-half April LNG Cargo

Gail India launched a tender seeking a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for delivery in the first-half of April, trade sources said.   The tender, launched on Monday, follows two recent cargo purchases also for delivery in April.


GTT to Equip Knutsen’s New LNG Carrier

GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system.   Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen)


ICE to Offer First US Gulf Coast LNG Futures Contract

With the United States about to become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years, Intercontinental Exchange Inc said on Wednesday it would begin trading the first-ever U.S. liquefied natural gas futures contract in May.


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


Nakilat Transitions LNG Mesaimeer to In-house Management

Photo: Nakilat PR

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Mesaimeer from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from March 23, 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016. 


Asian Spot LNG Prices Slip on Weak Demand

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 Asian spot LNG prices fell this week on poor demand from major gas-consuming regions despite a slew of new purchase tenders.   The May spot LNG contract fell by $0.25 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), with new production coming on stream in Australia and the


GasLog Partners buy GasLog Greece

Photo: GasLog

 Greece-based GasLog Partners LP has reached an agreement to buy 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker GasLog Greece from GasLog Ltd.   The aggregate purchase price for the Acquisition will be $219 million


Natural Gas Fleet Sail to the Future

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Natural gas is set to account for an increasing share of the global energy mix in coming years, with gas consumption growing by an average of around 1.5%-2% a year out to 2040, according to energy forecasting agencies such as the IEA.   






 
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