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GAIL Postpones $7-bn LNG Ship Tender, Again

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 GAIL India has deferred a USD 7-billion tender for hiring nine newly-built ships to ferry liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US by one month. Bids for the tender were to close on February 29 but now have been extended to March 31.   The state gas utility is seeking 9 LNG ships of cargo capacity of 1,50,000-1,80,000 cubic metres to help transport LNG it has tied up from Sabine Pass and Cove Point LNG projects in the US, with supplies slated to start from December 2017.    Press Trust of India quoted GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi as saying: "The postponement has been done at the request of bidders to allow them time to finalise their bids. There are no changes in tender conditions."   GAIL India  is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India.   Bids were originally to close on December 17, but were postponed to February 29 to allow Indian shipyards to tie up technology for building the specialised vessels.   GAIL is seeking quotes in three lots of three ships each. One ship in each lot is to be built at an Indian shipyard.   After postponing the deadline thrice, GAIL had in February last year scrapped the tender to hire nine LNG carriers to ferry gas from the US, with a caveat that three of them be made in India. At that point, no foreign shipyard was willing to share LNG ship-building technology.


US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant.   The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements.   The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications


New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights

LNG carrier: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Russian energy company Gazprom takes a look at its marketing policy in the international markets of small & large-scale LNG supply in line with its  updated LNG production and supply strategy, and decides to focus on the Asia-Pacific market. Gazprom's main efforts for expanding large-scale LNG exports are to be focused on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The company says it will step up its presence in the new market primarily through increasing the


Aurora LNG Submits Canada Export Bid

British Columbia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal at Grassy Point near Prince Rupert has filed its export application with Canada's National Energy Board (NEB). "Aurora LNG is moving forward with their plans to export B.C.'s natural gas to new markets overseas," said Premier Christy Clark. "This marks another step towards realizing the transformative opportunity LNG presents us. Aurora LNG's commitment to building this new industry will create jobs and


DNV GL Forms Americas LNG Solutions Group

Bjørn-Harald Bangstein

To meet the rapidly growing demand for a wide variety of LNG related services, DNV GL has established a group of LNG experts in North America. In addition to deep LNG expertise, the Houston-based “LNG Solutions Group - Americas” is also experienced in all business, risk and regulatory matters specific to the North American market. With the increasingly strict regulation of sulphur emissions in force next year and the already tightened Emission Control Area regulation for the U.S


Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo

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 Russia’s Novatek Gas & Power has supplied its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas, marking the company’s first step into global LNG trading business.    The cargo was sourced from Trinidad & Tobago’s LNG plant in Point Fortin and delivered to the Quintero import terminal in Chile.   Deputy Chairman of Management Board - Commercial Director of NOVATEK Lev Feodosyev noted: “This first LNG cargo is an important milestone for NOVATEK


Analysts: Demand for LNG Tankers Decreasing

Excess capacity in the global fleet of liquefied natural gas carriers will be at its highest this decade in 2008, as a growing worldwide fleet results in lower utilization rates, according to the Royal Gazette. Demand for LNG tankers has deteriorated markedly as a result of a large increase in fleet supply partly caused by speculative orders for new ships, industry analysts pointed out. Utilization of the LNG fleet will fall to 77


Rhode Island Passes Bill on LNG Ship Ops

The House of Representatives today voted 66-0 to approve legislation introduced by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. to require any LNG tanker to have an LNG-certified American master mariner present on each trip through Rhode Island waters and during transfer of cargo. Representative Gallison, chairman of the Special House Commission to Study the Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas and a Democrat who represents District 69 in Bristol and Portsmouth


Washington State Ferries Explores LNG as Fuel

Kenneth Vareide, Director of DNV’s maritime operations in North America

“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley. LNG as a fuel is a promising, but new technology. To ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of such a move is handled in a responsible manner


Industry Collaborates for LNG Bunkering Study

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Lloyd’s Register (LR), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have signed a joint development project (JDP) to produce a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering compatibility study. This will comprehensively review the design requirements between 6.6K LNG bunkering ships and 14K TEU LNG-fuelled container ships with the goal of verifying safe ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. The study aims to help all stakeholders with interest in LNG as fuel to envisage a clear picture of


Baltic Index Down on Weaker Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for panamaxes and smaller vessels, even as rates for capesizes rose.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


US Authorizes Non-FTA LNG Export from Golden Pass

Photo: Golden Pass LNG Terminal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has signed an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States


Baltic Index Down for Eighth Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eight straight session on Thursday as rates for panamaxes and smaller vessels slipped, even as capesize rates strengthened.  


Poland to Receive first US LNG Delivery in June

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Poland will receive its first liquefied natural gas supplies (LNG) from the United States in mid-June as a result of a deal Polish gas firm PGNiG signed with Cheniere Energy, state-run PGNiG said on Thursday.   Cheniere Energy will make the spot delivery at the Swinoujscie terminal on the


Weaker Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday on weaker rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down two points, or 0


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Rates Sag

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 16 points, or 1


Falling Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday on sliding rates for capesize vessels, weighed further by weaker panamax demand.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


MAN Cryo to Supply FGSS for LNG Ferries in Norway

Illustration of the coming double-ended RoPax ferries (Image: Multi-Maritime)

MAN Cryo, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s marine-LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer, has signed a contract with the Vard Shipyard Group in Norway to deliver a fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) to two ferries for shipowner and ferry operator Torghatten Nord.  


Baltic Index Falls to Weakest Since Mid-December

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index marked its biggest percentage decline since mid-December on Friday as rates for larger vessels dipped due to limited activity. The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was down 3.86 percent.


South Korean Tender Stirs LNG Market

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Asian spot LNG prices jumped this week, buoyed by hopes Korea Gas Corp's new tender would match past buying sprees and by emerging demand from China and Japan.   Spot prices for June delivery rose to $5.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), a 20 cent jump over last week


ESD Systems Recommended for Oil/Chemical Tankers

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OCIMF and CDI release new information paper Linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Chemical Transfers.   The information paper, jointly released by CDI and OCIMF on April 21 recommends an Emergency Shutdown (ESD) connection that will link ship and terminal ESD systems


Petrobangla, Summit Pact for 2nd LNG Terminal

Pic: RPGCL, Petrobangla Group

 Bangladesh's State-owned Petrobangla has inked final deals with Summit LNG Terminal Co to development the country's second floating LNG terminal.   The Financial Express reported that Summit group will install a Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) at Moheshkhali Island in


Baltic Index Down on Weaker Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday on weaker rates for large vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 25 points, or 2


Baltic Index Down For Sixth Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the sixth consecutive session on Tuesday on lower rates for larger vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Drewry Trims Long-Term Freight Rate Outlook for LNG shipping

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Given the mounting pressure on freight rates and continuing fleet growth over the next two years, Drewry believes that excess vessel supply will reduce only gradually with the recovery in rates pushed back to the latter part of next year






 
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