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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.


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


Gazprom to Deliver LNG Tanker to U.S.

Gazprom has prepared the framework structure of the agreement on the delivery of the third LNG-tanker to the United States, Analytical Information Agency reported. In September 2005 the first LNG-tanker of Gazprom was delivered to the United States for realization on the American market. The agreement concerning the LNG supply on the American market was signed with Shell Western BV and BG Group. The second tanker was supplied in December last year


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


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). 


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


LNG FPSO Ordered

Höegh LNG go for LNG FPSO; teaming up with Aker Yards and ABB Lummus Global Höegh LNG announced that it has entered into agreements with major contractors and formally started the engineering and design for its first LNG FPSO Unit (Floating Production Storage and Offloading), with the objective to design and construct the worlds’ first LNG FPSO. “Our strategy is to develop Höegh LNG’s business model from pure LNG transportation into offering also solutions for LNG production and


GofM Energy Hub: LNG Exports to India Planned

Principals Sign the Agreement: Photo credit United LNG

United LNG, LP and Petronet LNG Limited, India's largest LNG importer, agree to supply LNG from the Main Pass Energy Hub™ project in the Gulf of Mexico. The (conditional) agreement was signed by Petronet LNG Managing Director & CEO, Dr. A.K. Balyan and Stephen Payne, Chairman & General Partner of United LNG, of the United States, at the LNG 17 Conference held in Houston, Texas. The parties said they would continue working toward a final Sales Purchase Agreement to conclude the


Wärtsilä to Power World's first LNG Fueled Icebreaker

The new icebreaker built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for the Finnish Transport Agency and powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines will be the most environmentally friendly icebreaker ever built.

A new icebreaker being built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for the Finnish Transport Agency will be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of operating on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and low sulphur diesel fuel. When launched in late 2015, it will be the first LNG-powered icebreaker in the world.   Wärtsilä's track record in dual-fuel engine technology was a crucial factor in the award of the contract


LNG America, Buffalo Marine to Design LNG Bunker Fuel Network

Image: LNG America

LNG America announced it has entered an agreement with Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. (Buffalo Marine) to cooperate on the design of an LNG bunker fuel network for the U. S. Gulf Coast region. LNG America is developing a hub-and-spoke delivery system for LNG as fuel for the marine market and other high horsepower applications. Ultimately, LNG America will establish delivery infrastructure for the delivery of LNG as fuel in major U.S. ports


Lloyd’s Register Issues Emissions Guidance

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With key dates looming - 2016 NOx compliance and a 2018 review of fuel availability ahead of a global cap for SOx emissions, LR’s new guidelines and updated technical information supports operators’ investment decisions   This new guidance addresses operational and in-service


GE Gas Turbines Earn LR Design Appraisal to Marine NVR

Image: GE Marine

GE Marine’s LM6000 aeroderivative marine gas turbine PC and PG models have received Lloyd’s Register’s Design Appraisal Document to the Marine Naval Vessel Rules (NVR).    According to Ge, the fuel-efficient LM6000 simple-cycle gas turbine delivers over 40% thermal


OSV Technology: Notable Designs & Deliveries

MV Shelia Bordelon

Though the market for Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) is soft, advances in technology, fit and finish in  the sector is unrivaled in any other maritime niche over the past five years. Here’s a look at some of the more notable designs and deliveries.


VT Halter Powers Ahead

“The secret of VTHM’s success is our ability to harness existing commercial and defense-related project ‘know-how’ and integrate it with emerging technologies.  Our ability to do government and commercial work in one facility is one of the things that makes VT Halter a little different.”  Bill Skinner, CEO,  VT Halter Marine

If you drive just south of I-10 in Pascagoula, Miss., within 10 minutes you find yourself on the doorstep of VT Halter Marine, arguably one of the more diverse and active shipyards in the U.S. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc


Sea Star Line, ACT Sign LNG Bunkering System Agreement

System will be the first of its kind in the US for maritime industry   Sea Star Line, LLC and Applied Cryo Technologies (ACT), in cooperation with Dragon Products, have finalized plans for the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering system that will supply Sea Star Line’s new ships


LNG Emergency, Incident Response Study

  Safety around Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a hot topic, now that LNG is more and more becoming the fuel of the future. The results of a recent LNG emergency and incident response study are a big step forward in LNG safety in Europe


Solving the LNG Propulsion Puzzle

GTT’s membrane technology is Class certified by all major regulatory agencies and has been in service since 1967, encompassing over 300 LNG ships to date.

The last piece of the LNG infrastructure puzzle, in the form of North America’s first LNG bunker barge, falls into place at Conrad’s Orange, Texas Shipyard. With continued debate over new emissions standards and compliance dates hanging over the heads of operators in the Emission


World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard.  


Stena Bulk Charters Out LNG Carrier

Photo courtesy of Stena Bulk

Stena Bulk has signed an agreement covering the charter of the LNG carrier Stena Blue Sky for the North West Shelf Project in Australia. The duration of the charter is up to three years with a possible further extension as a goal. The contract was signed at current market freight rates


Cargo Ferry Project Moves Transport from Road to Sea

M/S Kvitbjørn (Photo: DNV GL)

A new competitive and eco-friendly maritime transport concept, the Cargo Ferry project, was presented in Oslo today. The result of more than two years of work, the concept has been developed as an alternative transport solution for containers that are carried for more than 200km on land


Gethings Joins Seaspan Marine as Business Development VP

Jenny Gethings (Photo: Seaspan Marine)

Jenny Gethings has been named vice president of business development at Seaspan Marine, the company announced.   Gethings will lead Seaspan’s business development team as it continues to pursue new business, identify new markets and develop current and future opportunities for its


ExxonMobil President Seeks Swift Action on US LNG Exports

The United States is at risk of losing economic opportunity and the ability to solidify its role as a global leader in energy production unless the government moves to approve liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, Rob Franklin, president of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, said today.


Underway on LNG

Dennis Bryant

On 17 January 1955, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, the first Commanding Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) signaled the memorable and historic message “Underway on nuclear power.”  Underway on LNG has an opportunity to signal an equally significant change in the merchant


Petronas to Deliver LNG from FLNG in Q1 2016

The world's first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday. The 365-metre (1,200 ft) long Petronas Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG1)


Federal Funding for LNG Conversion Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $900,000 in federal funding is now available to support the conversion of existing U.S. flag vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.   MARAD said it intends to use the results/data of this demonstration project to support






 
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