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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lng Carriers

BV Launches LNG CAP

Bureau Veritas launched a unique Condition Assessment Program for LNG carriers. The CAP works in a similar way to existing Harmonized CAP programs for oil tankers, but has special requirements unique to LNG carriers. Speaking at the SIGTTO annual meeting in San Francisco today, Bruno Dabouis, commercial manager of BV said, "The LNG market is opening up and there are signs that a spot market for LNG carriers may further develop. That means charterers need to be able to demonstrate that they have taken special care when chartering in older vessels, a new phenomenon in the LNG market. Bureau Veritas, the only classification society present in all types of LNG containment systems and propulsion systems, and with a unique pedigree stemming right back to the very first LNG carriers, was well placed to support the current market changes with technical expertise. "BV has brought together its deep research and development into sloshing loads and structural detail, its experience with lifetime structural maintenance, its successful and fully accepted tanker CAP program and its experience with LNG carriers to develop a CAP for LNG vessels. It is fair to both owners and charterers, and has been accepted by Shell, BP and Total already." BV's experience with LNG carriers in service was also instrumental in it winning a tender to provide a life extension study, through its Tecnitas consulting arm

Lloyd’s Approves Hyundai LNG Carrier Training Facility

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Hyundai Merchant Marine subsidiary has been granted Approved Training Provider status for their facilities and LNG carrier training courses to SIGTTO Training Standards. Lloyd's Register has awarded Approved Training Provider (ATP) Certification to Hae Young Maritime Services Co. Ltd. (HMS), a subsidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd (HMM), one of Korea’s largest shipping companies. The HMS Training Center at Busan

South Korean Yards Expected To Nab 75 Percent of LNG Orders

South Korean shipyards are expected to win about 75 percent of an estimated 48 orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers this year, industry officials said on Wednesday. "There are virtually no rivals to compete with Korean shipbuilders in making LNG carriers in terms of price and quality," said Yoo Jae-won, a spokesman for the Korea Shipbuilders' Association. Surging demand for environmentally friendly LNG was expected to raise the number of LNG carrier orders to around 48 this year

High Royalties to Cut Into Shipbuilding Profits

South Korean shipbuilders are paying large royalties on a core foreign technology for manufacturing liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, causing a big reduction in their earnings, The Korea Times reports. To build LNG carriers, most South Korean and foreign shipbuilders currently use a membrane containment system developed by Gaz Transport & Technigaz of France, a key technology for freezing and storing gas in tanks for transport.

Liquid Natural Gas Carrier Ordered by Oman Shipping Co

LNG carrier with 162,000 metres capacity ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries by OSC The Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has  signed an order for a new build LNG carrier with Hyundai Heavy based in Ulsan, South Korea. The LNG carrier, for delivery in 2014, will have a 162,000 cubic metres capacity, and is to be fitted out with dual fuel engines. The new ship will comply with European ‘Green Certificate’ requirements

GasLog Raises $1.3B for Eight LNG Newbuilds

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 Peter Livanos-backed Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has completed a USD 1.3 billion credit facility with fourteen international banks to finance the construction of eight 174,000 cbm newbuilds.   New York-listed GasLog says 14 banks, plus two export credit agencies, have supported the facility. The Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and the Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) are either directly lending or

ABS at Forefront of Technical Issues for LNG Carriers

With the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade expected to significantly increase over the next decade, transporting LNG with carriers upwards of 33 percent larger than previous designs means particular attention must be addressed to key technical concerns to assure that the new generation of larger LNG carriers provides the same high degree of reliability as its predecessors. Operators are driving the demand for increased size of these specialized vessels to take advantage of the

LNG Carrier and Largest Container Ship Delivered

April 3 marked another milestone in the rapid development of Chinese shipbuilding capacity as, at separate ceremonies, two of the nation’s shipbuilders delivered the first LNG carrier to be built in and the largest containership to emerge from a Chinese shipyard. Both of these historic first shipbuilding projects were completed to ABS class standards. Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard delivered the 147,000 m3 LNG carrier Dapeng Sun to China LNG Shipping (International) Ltd for

Teekay to Acquire Up to Two LNG Carriers

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has agreed to acquire a 155,900 cubic meter (cbm) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuilding from Awilco LNG ASA, a Norwegian-based owner and operator of LNG carriers. The vessel, which is currently under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) of South Korea, is expected to deliver in the third quarter of 2013, and subsequent to delivery from DSME to Awilco

MOL Ink Deal to Build, Charter 300m LNG Carrier

New LNG carrier rendering courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) inform it has signed a Head of Agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation to build the new vessel. The ship is slated for completion in 2017. MOL will manage the new carrier, which will transport LNG mainly from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States to Tokyo Gas facilities.

MOL Names Newbuilding LNG Carrier 'Energy Liberty'

MOLs LNG carrier Papua. File Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on October 16, a naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier, jointly owned by MOL and Tokyo LNG Tanker, was held at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation.  Among the crowd of well-wishers on hand for the ceremony were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. President Michiaki Hirose, who gave the name Energy Liberty to the vessel, after which his wife cut the rope.  

Wärtsilä Dual-fuel Engines for LNG Carrier Newbuilds

Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä, through its joint venture company CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co (CWEC), has been contracted to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels being built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. The order was booked in August 2017.   Each of the four 174,000 m3 capacity vessels will be fitted with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel generating sets running primarily on LNG fuel to provide the ships with auxiliary power

The Nautical Safety Profile

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MARIN is working together with the industry to develop the Nautical Safety Profile for operations and risk management.   Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being used as an alternative fuel, both at sea and on land, to reduce pollution from transportation.    In 2011 the first LNG carrier arrived at the Rotterdam Gate terminal, and last year the terminal was upgraded to facilitate the transfer of LNG to shuttle tankers

Wärtsilä Inks Maintenance Deal with GasLog

LNG carrier GasLog Greece (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed an engine maintenance agreement with Monaco-based GasLog LNG Services, covering eight LNG carriers operating on Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines.   The agreement, effective as of October 1, 2017, consists of Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP), technical support, secured availability of spare parts and specialized technical personnel around the clock as well as constant performance monitoring

Wärtsilä Re-liquefaction Plants Ordered for Newbuild LNG Carriers

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä said it has been awarded contracts to supply its re-liquefaction plants to three new LNG carriers currently under construction. One ship is being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in South Korea for the international owner and operator Gaslog. The others are for Norway based Knutsen and are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in South Korea. The order was booked for the Gaslog ship in April 2017 and for the Knutsen ships in May/June 2017.

MOL to Join LNG Terminal Project in India

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the signing of agreements with Swan LNG Private Limited (Swan LNG) for the long-term operation / maintenance of a floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and provision and long-term operation / maintenance of a floating and storage unit (FSU) that will serve as the core receiving facilities in an LNG terminal to be developed by Swan Energy Limited (Swan Energy) in Gujarat, India.  

ABS, GasLog Study to Simulate LNG Boil-off

Photo: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, and GasLog LNG Services (GasLog) have completed a joint development project demonstrating a new approach to evaluating LNG boil-off rate (BOR).   GasLog is an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, providing support to international energy companies as part of their LNG logistics chain.   

Arctic Responsibilities Laid Out

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 Developments in Arctic resource recovery and transportation are providing the main focal point for many at NEVA and this year’s event in St Petersburg comes at a pivotal time for both the economic and ecological prospects of the region.   Export shipments of LNG from the Yamal peninsula are due to start shortly, with the lead vessel of 15 in the ‘Yamal LNG fleet’ recently completing the first unaccompanied voyage by a gas carrier through the Northern Sea Route by

LNG Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and delivery ceremony on September 26. First from right in front row: MOL Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Hashimoto. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that the LNG carrier CESI Tianjin, which was ordered by the joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on September 26.   The CESI Tianjin is the fourth vessel to serve the LNG transport project for SINOPEC announced in April 2013

MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaways

LNG Carrier Papua. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on September 18, the MOL-operated LNG carrier Papua safely rescued four yachtsmen off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   Details of the rescue are as follows: In the afternoon of September 17, the Papua received a distress relay message from the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres, while underway toward the Port of Qingdao in China from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   

World's Largest FSRU Named as MOL FSRU Challenger

MOL FSRU Challenger. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that a naming ceremony for the MOL FSRU Challenger was held at the Okpo shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.in Korea on September 28.This is the first FSRU for MOL to independently build, own and operate.  Many Guests were invited to witness the naming of our FSRU as the MOL FSRU Challenger. The MOL FSRU Challenger will provide storage and regasification services to a project in Turkey after delivery during

Escort Tug Trio Named in Hammerfest

(Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Østensjø Rederi’s three new escort towing vessels were officially named on August 26 in Hammerfest.    Sponsors of the trio were Unni M. S. Fjær, Inger Vik Framnes and Siv Halvorsen officially naming the vessels Dux, Pax and Audax. In attendance on behalf of designers Robert Allan Ltd. was Rob Allan, Executive Chairman of the Board, on behalf of Østensjø were Chairman of the Board Johannes Østensjø

Exmar USD 23mln Richer After Excel Sale

Image: Exmar Shipmanagement NV

The Belgian gas tanker company Exmar has sold its liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Excel for $ 23 million.   "Exmar is pleased to announce the sale of the LNG carrier Excel (138,107 m³). The 2003 built Excel has been delivered to its new owners on 6th of October 2017," said a press statement from the company.   The net cash proceeds realized by Exmar  for its 50% share in the joint venture will be approximately USD 23 million, it added.  

FLNG Hilli Episeyo Departs Singapore Early

 Golar LNG Limited said today that its floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel Hilli Episeyo departed Singapore for Cameroon earlier than anticipated, leaving at 10 a.m. local time on October 12.   Hilli Episeyo was scheduled to leave Singapore between October 15 and October 20, but Golar LNG said a decision was made to complete LNG bunkering in Cameroon rather than in Singapore. The voyage to Cameroon is expected to take between 32 and 40 days.   

SUNY Maritime College to Host LNG Conference

© Александр Беспалый / Adobe Stock

As demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grows, so does the need for LNG carriers. Many shipping companies in recent years have placed orders for LNG ships, and shipyards are busy building them. The maritime industry is also exploring ships powered by natural gas, rather than more traditional sources.   To address this topic, SUNY Maritime College will host a conference, LNG: Not just a cargo, on Thursday, November 2

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