Lng Technology News

19 May 2020

Passenger Ferry LNG Conversion Project Kicks Off

Royal Niestern Sander held a keel laying ceremony for the new stern of the passenger ferry MĂŒnsterland, which will be converted to LNG propulsion. (Photo: Royal Niestern Sander)

Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander has begun building a new aft for a passenger ferry that will be converted to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion for German operator AG Ems.The shipyard is designing and building a completely new stern section to replace the one existing on the 1986-built passenger ship Münsterland, which will be fited with dual fuel engines, LNG storage tanks, propulsion systems, all LNG installations, pipelines and other systems.Niestern Sander was awarded the contract to undertake the project in July 2019


25 Oct 2019

Qilak LNG, ExxonMobil Pact on Gas Supply

Image courtesy: Qilak LNG

Alaska-based Qilak LNG announced that a Heads of Agreement (HOA) has been entered into with ExxonMobil Alaska Production regarding the potential supply of natural gas from the Point Thomson field to Qilak LNG's proposed Alaska North Slope liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project (Qilak LNG 1 Project).According to the Lloyds Energy company, which was formed to identify and develop Arctic LNG projects in North America,  the he HOA foresees ExxonMobil providing at least 560 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of natural gas to Phase 1 of the Qilak LNG 1 Project


14 Oct 2019

Danish Suppliers Facilitate Sustainable Transport

Photo: Danfoss

The global shipping industry is facing requirements for substantial reductions in emissions and for creating a more sustainable transport in order to meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. At Kormarine 2019, 15 Danish suppliers of marine technology and services will be exhibiting their solutions that can help shipowners accelerate the move towards sustainability. According to Mark Lerche, Head of Marine, Danish Export Association, organizer of the Pavilion of Denmark at Kormarine 2019


06 Sep 2019

Eesti Begins LNG Bunkering in Hanko Port

Image: Eesti Gaas

Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas began providing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering services to LNG-powered vessels in the port of Hanko, Finland, for the first time in addition to Tallinn and Helsinki.For the port of Hanko, this means scheduled LNG bunkering on its premises, and Eesti Gaas will be providing the service to two new ships in addition to Tallink’s Megastar.The two ships bunkered by Eesti Gaas in the port of Hanko are the largest dual fuel LNG vehicle carriers in the world.

23 Aug 2019

Chart Gets Order for Calcasieu Pass LNG

Map courtesy: Venture Global LNG

U.S. LNG equipment maker Chart Industries has received full notice to proceed (FNTP) regarding its production of cold boxes and brazed aluminium heat exchangers for Venture Global’s 10 million tpy Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal project.The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Venture Global LNG request to proceed with full site preparation at its proposed 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) export terminal in Louisiana earlier this week.Venture Global recently


13 Jun 2019

DSME, DNV GL Pact for Joint Projects

Signing the framework agreement: DSME President & CEO Sung-Geun Lee (L) and DNV GL Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen (R) at the DNV GL headquarters in HĂžvik.

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and DNV GL have signed a framework agreement which will see them cooperate on joint development projects (JDPs) for future technologies in the shipbuilding and offshore plant industries.The Norway-headquartered classification society said in a release that the agreement was signed by DSME President & CEO Sung-Geun Lee and DNV GL Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen at the DNV GL headquarters in Høvik.“Through the JDPs with DNV GL


05 Apr 2019

China to Build World's Biggest LNG Tanker

Pic: DNV GL

China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company and and classification society DNV GL have signed an agreement on the joint development of the world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker.Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard and Classification society DNV GL have signed an agreement for a joint development project (JDP) for a new 270,000 m3 LNG carrier – the largest ever ship of this type, said a press release.The agreements were signed in Shanghai between Hudong-Zhonghua General Manager Chen Jun and DNV GL’s Regional Manager for Greater China


14 Dec 2018

Containerships Receives First LNG-powered Boxship

M/S Containerships Nord photographed during her sea trials in November. Photo: Containerships

Multimodal transporter Containerships Plc announced the delivery of its first LNG-powered container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord. She was delivered to Containerships at Wenchong Shipyard, China, on 12.12.2018.A press release from the Finland-headquartered shortsea specialist said that its LNG-story started in 2013, when the decision to build the new environmentally-friendly LNG-powered vessels was taken.LNG is a relatively new fuel source, and these vessels would be the first newbuilds based on this technology to serve regularly European ports and trade


17 Oct 2018

TOTE Touts 'LNG-as-Fuel' Experience

Peter Keller, Executive Vice President, TOTE. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Build it and they will come mentality serves TOTE well on ‘world first’ LNG ContainershipsAs the marine industry collectively struggles to find solutions to the mounting mandates to cut emissions, U.S. owner TOTE, which broke ground three years ago with the world’s first LNG-fueled containership, has more than 36 months experience operating almost exclusively on LNG. To date it has been a rousing success.As environmental mandates for ships continue to get stricter, particularly


07 Oct 2018

Containerships Names LNG-Powered Vessels

Containerships Board members Kimmo Nordström, Mimmi Nordström and Harri Nordström. Photo: Containerships

Containerships’ third and fourth LNG-powered vessels were christened last week at the Wenchong Shipyard, China. The vessels received names M/S Containerships Finn and M/S Containerships Balt, honouring Containerships’ roots and history.The christening of the last two vessels under construction was yet another milestone in the company’s LNG story. The ceremony was attended by Containerships’ Board members as well as the CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.The building of container vessels


06 Aug 2018

Braemar Shipping Services Adds New LNGC 'LNG Schneeweisschen'

LNG Schneeweisschen' Photo: ©Luksa Karaman, Marinetraffic.com

Braemar Shipping Services announced the successful delivery of the 180,000m3 Liquid Natural Gas Carrier (LNGC) called “LNG Schneeweisschen” from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea, as part of the ongoing LNGC newbuilding project between Uniper Global Commodities SE (Uniper) and Braemar.The international provider of broking, financial, consultancy, technical and logistics services to the shipping, marine, energy, offshore and insurance industries said that the vessel has been built for Japan based owners


20 Jul 2018

LNG Powered ConRo Ship Delivered to Crowley

El Coquí is one of the world’s first ConRo ships powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

U.S. based Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. The Jones Act compliant El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port.

05 Jun 2018

Bureau Veritas Issues Range of Approvals to GTT

Workers inspecting the tank of an LNG carrier equipped with GTT Mark technology (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has issued a broad swathe of approvals to GTT, expert in membrane containment systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology applications.Bureau Veritas experts have been working with GTT to approve two new containment systems: the Mark III Flex+, an evolution of the Mark III but with a lower boil-off rate (BOR), and the GTT MARS, a containment system developed for LPG carriers that is adaptable to any size of tank or ship.Approval in Principle (AiP) has been provided for a 6


06 Sep 2017

Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA

(Photo: AIDA Cruises)

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands. The seven vessels for Carnival Cruise Lines


01 Aug 2017

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: WÀrtsilÀ)

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel. The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä, who will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas handling.

03 Jul 2017

Keppel to Deliver World's First Converted FLNGV

Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), will soon deliver the world's first converted Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd. The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo at a ceremony in Keppel Shipyard today. Upon its completion, the FLNGV will be put in operation offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA, and will be the first FLNGV project in Africa.

23 May 2016

HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL in the port of Hamburg (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying lower mission power to the AIDAsol this year. The cruise ship has already made three calls since the middle of May and will have made a total of 16 stops at the Hafencity terminal by October. Operations of the HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge have started up again at the beginning of the new cruise ship season. “Due to some restrictions making the work more difficult


24 Dec 2015

The Impact of Lower Oil Price on LNG Vessels

Image: OPEC

Opec study on the impact of lower oil price assumptions on the penetration of LNG vessels has released. In light of the regulations on sulphur emissions issued by the IMO the prospect of using LNG as an alternative bunker fuel was explored. It was concluded that LNG had the potential to become an important marine bunker fuel in the long-term. This year the subject is re-considered in light of recent market and price developments, as well as the continuing uncertainty surrounding the implementation of new IMO regulations.

29 Jul 2015

Next Wave of FLNG Projects on the Horizon

There will be significant growth in both investment and activity in the FLNG market over the next seven years, with Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecasting total expenditure of $58.3 billion in its new market report. Sixty-one percent of this spend is attributed to liquefaction infrastructure, with the remainder from import and regasification facilities. Report author, Ben Wilby, commented, “The industry is about to see the installation of the first floating liquefaction projects. The application of LNG technology offshore has been proposed and studied within the industry for more than 30 years so there is intense industry interest in the first applications. The success of these first pioneering projects will no doubt impact future commitments by operators to FLNG developments.

11 May 2015

DNV GL Wins KOGAS TQ Contract

Rolf Benjamin Johansen

DNV GL Korea, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a technology qualification (TQ) contract with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) for a FEED Package for a 5MTPA onshore LNG liquefaction plant based on the innovative KSMR liquefaction process. KSMR is a new natural gas liquefaction process and is for LNG plants and floating LNG due to its compactness. A pilot KSMR LNG liquefaction plant of 100 tonnes per day is being constructed by KOGAS to verify the operability and the efficiency at the Incheon LNG receiving terminal in Korea.

19 May 2015

Unmanned FLNG: ‘The Future of LNG Technology’

DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept – dubbed ‘Solitude'

DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it says overcomes many of the challenges currently faced by those looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. Called Solitude, the concept demonstrates how technological advances – most of the technology already within reach - can be combined into a solution that offers some 20 percent reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increase the overall safety.

27 May 2015

Hoegh LNG Bags FSRU Deal in Chile

Photo by Höegh LNG

Oslo-based Höegh LNG said it has signed an Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU)contract with Chilean Octopus LNG for the Penco-Lirquén LNG import terminal to be located in Concepción Bay, Chile. The contract is for a period of 20 years and is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 36 million, Höegh LNG said in a statement. The contract is subject to Octopus completing financing and obtaining necessary environmental approvals, and the planned start-up is in the second quarter 2018.

22 Jun 2015

Driving Innovation: the Unmanned FLNG

 Wind Farm Game Changer The efficient installation system for Monopiles (MPs), Transition Pieces (TPs) and Pre-piling of Jackets. (Photo: Neya Systems)

DNV GL developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it claims overcomes many of the challenges faced by operators looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. Called Solitude, DNV GL said the concept demonstrates how technological advances can be combined into a solution that offers an estimated 20% reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increasing overall safety. Foreseeing the need for more remote projects to be able to overcome even more challenging cost barriers


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