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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark

Photo: J. Lauritzen A/S

Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.

DryShips Adds Fourth VLGC

File Photo: DryShips Inc

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that it has taken delivery of its fourth high specification very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuilding. The VLGC will be employed under a fixed rate time charter with ten years firm duration to an oil major trading company. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $103.8 million. DryShips has now taken delivery of all of the 17 vessels it has  acquired since the beginning of 2017.

PRISCO Starts Construction of Gas Carrier

Construction of a gas carrier for MOL/K Line/PRISCO began at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding in the city of Chiba, Japan. Currently underway is the assembly of the ship's hull and the manifold as well as the assembly of gas tanks having complicated technical structure. At the same time, underway are the tests of the gas carrier's different systems. Source: FIS

Exmar Signs for Two Large Gas Carriers

EXMAR has signed a newbuilding contract for 2 Very Large Gas Carriers at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. of South Korea. The newbuildings will have a capacity of 84,000 m³ and the first vessel will be delivered in the 1st half of 2008. EXMAR currently controls a combined fleet of 60 gas carriers servicing the entire gas product range worldwide.

LR Establishes New Notion for LFPF

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has developed a new notation for low-flashpoint fuels (LFPF), allowing owners and shipyards to demonstrate that their design and construction meet requirements.The notation will come into effect as of January 1, 2016, as part of LR’s and Regulations. In the last 12 months, the industry experienced two major changes in legislation with the revised International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) and the adoption of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The codes have broadened the horizons for gas applications…

Gas Carrier Concept Stems from Bulker Design

Intersection showing the cylindrical cargo tank in the Deltamarin and Brevik Technology multigas carrier design (copyright: Brevik Technology AS)

Deltamarin Ltd and Brevik Technology AS, a VARD affiliate, have joined forces to develop a novel multigas carrier design concept that combines the design of Deltamarin’s B.Delta and the new-generation patented cylindrical gas tanks by Brevik Technology. By combining the B.Delta design and separate cylindrical gas containment tanks, a cost-efficient and easy-to-build solution is now available to the gas carrier market, the developers explained. The design can be utilized for LNG, LPG, LEG and ethane carriers. “Up to now gas carriers have been complex and expensive to design and construct.

MITAGS to Offer Gas Carrier Inspection Course

Glen Paine, Executive Director of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) announced today that MITAGS has been awarded the U.S. Coast Guard five-year firm, fixed price Gas Carrier Inspection course. The two-week Gas Carrier course, which has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, provides familiarization in Gas Carrier theory with a basic understanding of thermodynamics, chemistry of cargo, and safety and health hazards. Fire fighting theory and liquid and vapor leak procedures are extensively reviewed. U.S.

Bergesen Sells Gas Carriers

Bergesen has sold the gas carriers Havsol and Havbris, both 12,000 cbm, built in 1976 and 1977 respectively. Havsol was s old for scrap, while Havbris was sold to Greek interests for continued operation. Delivery is expected to take place within end of May 2003. The sale will generate an insignificant sales profit in secondBergesen Sell Gas Carriers Bergesen has sold the gas carriers Havsol and Havbris, both 12,000 cbm, built in 1976 and 1977 respectively. Havsol was sold for scrap, while Havbris was sold to Greek interests for continued operation. Delivery is expected to take place within end of May 2003. The sale will generate an insignificant sales profit in second quarter 2003.

Agreement Promotes LNG Carrier Construction

Pictured (from left to right): Sergey Frank, CEO, OAO Sovcomflot; Dmitry Mironenkov, Vice President, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation; Nikolai Grigoriev, Director of Global Shipping & Logistics, Gazprom Marketing & Trading and Mikhail Ayvazov, CEO, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

On June 21, 2013 under the auspices of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum a number of agreements were signed between Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T), Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation and ОАО Sovcomflot (SCF) to promote Russian content in LNG carriers construction projects. To ensure LNG shipping by sea from the Gazprom Group projects Vladivostok LNG and Sakhalin-2, provision will be made for possible construction during 2017-2021 of up to 13 highly sophisticated LNG carriers…

Russian LNG Carrier Launched

LNG carrier 'Velikiy Novgorod': Photo credit SCF

Sovcomflot’s new state-of-the-art LNG carrier 'Velikiy Novgorod' launched from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding shipyard. The Velikiy Novgorod was ordered by OAO Sovcomflot for operations under a long-term agreement with Gazprom Global LNG (part of Gazprom) as the first of two vessels ordered by SCF from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and her construction is scheduled to be completed in December, 2013. At the end of June, 2012, a steel cutting ceremony was held for the second gas carrier in the same series, Pskov, which is due to be delivered in 2014.

LNG Carrier Trade & Safety – ABS Seminars

ABS, provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has delivered a series of seminar  addressing developments in the construction and design of liquefied gas carriers. Events were held in Doha, Qatar; Athens, Greece; and Limassol, Cyprus. “As liquefied natural gas (LNG) becomes a more attractive fuel for power generation, increased demand for LNG will require the construction of more liquefied gas carriers to support both LNG and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas),” says Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS Regional Vice President, Eastern Europe. The seminars addressed recent developments in the design and approval of cargo containment systems as well as sloshing and fatigue assessments as viewed by class.

ABS Shares LNG Insight With the Industry

Houston – ABS has delivered a seminar series addressing developments in the construction and design of liquefied gas carriers. Events were held in Doha, Qatar; Athens, Greece; and Limassol, Cyprus. “As liquefied natural gas (LNG) becomes a more attractive fuel for power generation, increased demand for LNG will require the construction of more liquefied gas carriers to support both LNG and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas),” said Vassilios Kroustallis ABS  Regional Vice President, Eastern Europe. More than 85 members of the shipping community attended the seminar in Athens, which took place on March 21, 2012. Participants included vessel owners…

Korean Shipbuilders Gain Brunei LNG Carrier Order

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…

Indian Company to Buy VLGC

Great Eastern Shipping Company signs contract to buy a 1990-built Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed contract to buy a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) of about 49,700 dwt (75,000 cbm). The 1990-built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet during Q2FY2013. The Company’s current fleet stands at 32 vessels, comprising 22 tankers (9 crude carriers, 13 product carriers) and 10 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 3 Kamsarmax, 1 Panamax, 4 Supramax, 1 Handymax) with an average age of 8.7 years aggregating 2.55-million dwt.

Odfjell Orders Four Gas Carriers with Options for Additional Vessels

Odfjell signed shipbuilding contracts with Nantong Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co., Ltd for construction of four LPG/Ethylene gas carriers of 17,000 cbm. During the last years this shipyard has delivered several gas carriers, and is regarded to have one of the very few construction facilities in China able to meet Odfjell's quality standards for building of such ships. Deliveries are scheduled between October 2015 and May 2016. The contract price in total is in the region of $180 million (USD). Odfjell has also secured various options for delivery of up to four additional gas carriers. Today Odfjell is operating two LPG/Ethylene carriers of 9,000 cbm.

Navigator Declares Further Newbuilds

Navigator Holdings Ltd. today announced that it has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000 cubic meter gas carrier at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd. in China at the previously agreed construction price of $44 million, with the vessel scheduled for delivery in March 2016. Furthermore, Navigator has entered into a contract with Jiangnan to construct a 35,000 cubic meter gas carrier for delivery in April 2016. This vessel will be the largest ethane gas carrier on the market enabling efficient transportation to our customers for this essential petrochemical feedstock. The company has an option agreement for the construction of up to three further ethane capable 35,000 cubic meter vessels.

Yamal LNG: Steel Cut for First Arctic Gas Carrier

Construction of an Arctic gas carrier for OAO Sovcomflot has begun under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).The ship is being built as part of Yamal LNG, a major Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project being implemented in the Arctic. The steel cutting ceremony for the pilot vessel was held on September 29, 2014 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. Head of the RS office in the Republic of Korea Alexander Yagodin took part in the event, along with representatives from OAO Sovcomflot. The construction of RS class cutting edge Yamal LNG gas carriers is a new milestone in the development not only of the Russian classification society, but also of the entire maritime industry, RS said.

Daewoo Gets $1.22b Order to Build Gas Carriers

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said it has received a $1.22b order to build five liquefied-natural-gas carriers. The deal calls for Daewoo Shipbuilding to supply four of the five carriers for Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd., and one for an unidentified European company, the company said in a regulatory filing. Source: Yonhap

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 eco-friendly, diver-free and highly efficient hull cleaning solution that helps LNG carriers to save time and money on their hull cleaning requirements in port. GAC Group has highlighted the growing importance for LNG…

Primorsk to Build Gas Carrier

The Primorsk Shipping Corporation (PRISCO), as part of the MOL/K Line/PRISCO consortium, has started building a carrier vessel to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) to participate in the Sakhalin-2 project, the Corporation says. The construction was begun in December 2006. Under the schedule, the gas carrier is to start operating in April 2008. The vessel is being built at a dockyard of Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding in Chiba (Japan). In November 2004, the PRISCO, in cooperation with Japanese companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (K Line) won the tender for the transportation of LNG. A contract covering a long-term time-charter of a gas carrier vessel was concluded between the MOL/K Line/PRISCO consortium and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd…

MES Expands Gas Carrier Lineup

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), foreseeing the effects of the shale gas revolution to maritime industries, has been developing new type medium size multi gas carrier for sea transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and co-product of shale gas such as ethane and ethylene gas (LEG). In the coming decade, LNG carriers (LNGC) may probably be classified into large scale LNGC and medium scale LNGC centering on the hub ports over the world, the builder said. Meanwhile, LEG carriers (LEGC), which have been usually small ones, are expected to shift to larger LEGCs, which are comparable with medium scale LNGC in terms of the capacity, MES added.

Alphatron, Exmar Ink Maintenance Contract

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine has signed a full service maintenance contract with EXMAR Shipmanagement covering six gas carriers to ensure optimized operation and reduce daily running costs for the next five years. The gas carriers are fitted mainly with JRC equipment, which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and supporting, along with other navigation and communication equipment onboard. The contract also includes equipment that is subjected to mandatory annual certifications and inspections. 

Chemgas Shipping Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron

From left to right: Arie van der Ven, Manager Maintenance & Projects Chemgas Shipping; Luuk Vroombout, CEO Alphatron Marine; and Dennie van Kempen (QSHE Manager).

Alphatron Marine has signed a premium member contract with Chemgas Shipping covering eight gas carriers.   The Gas Carriers are fitted mainly with bridge equipment which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and also supporting these and other high tech navigation and communication equipment onboard. The contract also embraces equipment and services that is subjected to mandatory annual certifications and inspections but also life cycle support and a preferred partner service is included.

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