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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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GTT, VARD Complete LNG Tank Contract

PONANT Icebreaker Design (Photo:PONANT)

GTT concluded a contract with the Norwegian shipyard, VARD, for the supply of the LNG tanks to expedition ship, PONANT Icebreaker. This ship, whose delivery is planned for 2021, will be the first electric hybrid cruise ice-breaker with LNG propulsion. It will be operated by PONANT, a luxury polar expedition cruise line. Designed for LNG fuel specifications, these tanks will be equipped with GTT's Mark III membrane technology. The Group will conduct the construction of the tanks.

WesPac to Build N. America’s First LNG Bunker Barge

Image: WesPac Midstream

WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance, announced a construction contract with Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc., a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, to build the first dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America. This barge will be a critical supply chain…

IHI Wins Order From Chinese Wison Group

IHI Floating Vessel Similar to FSRU

IHI Corporation (IHI) received an order for two “IHI-SPB” LNG tanks to be installed in the Floating LNG Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU) from Wison Group of Shanghai, China (Wison) who is known as the largest private EPC contractor in China. These two tanks will be fabricated at the IHI’s Aichi Works and delivered at Wison’s Nantong shipyard in the second half of 2015. The storage capacity of the two tanks is 25,000m3 (12,500m3 per one tank x 2 tanks), and tanks are installed…

GTT to Equip Knutsen’s New LNG Carrier

GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system.   Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen). Delivery is scheduled in 2019.    Knutsen is a longstanding owner of LNG carriers equipped with membrane technology, with 10 vessels of this type.   GTT records the first LNG carrier order of the year. With its Mark III Flex containment system, GTT said it provides efficient insulation solution able to reduce the daily guaranteed boil-off gas rate to 0.085 percent of tank volume. The Mark and NO ranges have been designed to meet all the transport and storage requirements of liquefied gases.

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 Compliance Zones like the Sword of Damocles, WesPac Midstream LLC, a provider of liquefied natural gas solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy, a facilitator of solutions for emission compliance…

Wilhelmsen Upgrades Unitor-Generon N2 System

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions launched an upgraded Unitor-Generon inert gas system to fulfill increased demand from shipping and offshore customers for a high-efficiency, low energy purging and padding system for liquid cargo safety. The updated Unitor-Generon system features modern membrane technology developed by Generon which enables the complete system to produce required levels of nitrogen using smaller compressors and other components, reducing overall footprint and lowering onboard energy consumption. With shipowners and operators increasingly focused on optimizing energy management to meet with voluntary standards and comply with regulatory requirements…

HHI to Build Two LNGCs for GasLog

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced the notification of two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).  GasLog, a Monaco-based shipping company, has ordered two large-scale LNGCs from the shipbuilder specifying the use of GTT technology. GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) received notification from HHI for these new orders in June 2014. These two large vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017 and will be built with the Mark III Flex membrane technology which allows for an optimized daily boil-off rate of cargo LNG.  gtt.fr

GTT Wins DSME Order for 9 More Icebreaking LNGCs

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), announced the order of nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Six new ships will be owned jointly by TEEKAY & CLNG and the three others will be owned jointly by MOL & CSLNG. These large vessels are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2019. They will be built with the NO 96 membrane technology, with more than 20 years of successful experience at sea, which is well suited for these ice-breaking LNGCs and allows for an optimized daily boil-off rate of cargo LNG.

GTT to Equip Samsung-built FLNG

GTT said it has received an order from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to equip a new Floating Liquefied Natural Gas unit (FLNG), reportedly the second biggest in the world.   The new FLNG, with a capacity of 238,700 m3, will integrate eight LNG tanks equipped with the Mark III membrane containment system. The unit will be built at SHI Shipyard, based in South Korea, on behalf of the Oil and Gas company ENI (Eni East Africa SpA) and its delivery is scheduled in 2021. This FLNG will be operated off the cost of Mozambique.   In addition to this new order, the GTT membrane technology has been selected to equip the three FLNGs already ordered in the world. These units are being equipped with the NO96 system as well as the Mark III system.

GTT Receives Order for Two LNG Carrier Newbuilds

GTT has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for two new liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) to be built at HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan for SK Shipping, a Korean shipowner. Delivery is scheduled in 2019. The vessels, designed according to the new IGC standards published in 2016, will be equipped with GTT's Mark III Flex membrane technology. Mark III Flex is particularly well-suited for the highly efficient XDF propulsion system installed on SK Shipping's LNG carriers, as the technology offers a high level of insulation performance. “GTT is very pleased to continue our collaboration with HHI. This new contract demonstrates HHI's confidence in GTT technologies which already equip some fifty LNG carriers in service built by the shipyard…

Hyundai Bags Order for 2 LNG Carriers from SK Shipping

Photo: SK Shipping Co

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI) struck a $400 million worth deal to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for SK Shipping Co., a Korean shipowner. According to the sources, the vessel can carry 180,000 cubic meters of LNG. The vessels will be delivered starting in the first half of 2019, the sources said. Meanwhile, a press release from the French LNG containment specialist GTT said that it has received an order for two new LNGCs (Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers) for HHI. The vessels will be built at Hyundai's shipyard in Ulsan for SK Shipping. Delivery is scheduled in 2019.

Evac's Total Waste Management for Atlantic Mercy

Atlantic Mercy (Photo: EVAC)

The global cleantech company Evac has been chosen to supply its total waste management system to the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Atlantic Mercy. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Mercy Ships, the ship will provide medical care in the poorest parts of Africa. The vessel is now being constructed by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. The contract to supply the vessel was signed in May 2015 for delivery in 2016. Konstantin Tchetchine…

GTT Earns Five AIPs for Multi-gas Membranes

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) announced five AIPs for transportation of liquefied gases other than LNG. As an outcome of the shale gas revolution in the U.S., there is an abundant supply of ethane. In order to use this ethane, it must be transported, consequently, interest in ethane as a cargo is on the rise, giving way to the need for dedicated vessels. The five AIPs (Approval in Principle) received from Class Societies (ABS, BV, CCS, DNV and LR) confirm that membrane technology is in a solid position among the range of containment systems.

DSME Orders GTT Membranes for 2 LNGCs

Image: GTT

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), received an order for two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) to be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). GTT said the order adds to what it called an already strong third quarter 2014 order book. The vessels, be operated by BW Group, a Norwegian owner with a long history of operating GTT-designed LNG carriers, are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018.

GTT Receives Order from HHI for Two LNGCs

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) confirmed an order for two large LNGCs Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs), which are in the third quarter 2014 order book. The two ships will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries CO, LTD. (HHI). The LNGCs are expected to be delivered between 2016 and 2017 and will be built with the Mark III flex membrane technology, which allows an optimized daily boil-off rate of cargo LNG, GTT said. These vessels will be owned by the Algerian shipping company Hyproc, which has been operating GTT-designed LNG carriers since 1971.

Ballast-free LNG Carrier Concept Gets LR Approval

The maritime industry has taken a step closer toward ballast free shipping with the award of a new approval in principle (AiP) at Marintec China on Tuesday. GTT and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd (DSIC) received AiP from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for their ballast-free shipping solution, a 30,000m³ B-FREE liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier design, which the developers say could combine environmentally-friendly features, increased efficiency and lower build and operating costs. “While we are still in the initial stage of the project and the design is subject to ongoing change, the initial results are indicating that we will meet our goal of having a ballast-free ship that is equal to, or better than existing conventional designs,” said Ma Yingbin, Vice Chief Engineer, DSIC.

GTT Records First Bunkering Order

GTT technology has been chosen by STX France to equip PEGASIS, the new environmental vessel ordered by Brittany Ferries. GTT membrane technology has been selected by STX France to fit out PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship), the new environmental ferry propelled with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), ordered by Brittany Ferries. This innovative vessel will use GTT Mark III insulation system and will be built in Saint-Nazaire, in France. It should be delivered by the end of 2016. In addition, GTT has also been selected to design the tanks of three other Brittany Ferries ships to be converted to LNG propulsion. This order has arrived within the context of new European regulations…

Langh Tech Debuts New Water Treatment Systems

(Image: Langh Tech)

Langh Tech’s new generation of water treatment systems has been launched with upgraded membrane technology to increase water cleaning capacity. In 2017, Langh Tech launched a second generation of water treatment systems based on a new type of membrane filter elements. With the new elements, Langh Tech said a 50 percent increase in water cleaning capacity can be reached compared to the previous elements, without increasing the size of the water treatment units. The new membrane elements has been tested onboard Langh Ship’s M/S Marjatta from the first half of 2017…

GTT Inks Framework Partnership Deal with CERN

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) for the engineering and the construction of several tanks (cryostats), to contain liquid argon for experimental purposes. The agreement follows contract signed by GTT in December 2014 with the particle physics scientific consortium LBNO-DEMO, including CERN and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. At that time, GTT technologies were chosen for the erection of a prototype tank aiming at validating the tank concept developed by GTT for this application. The installation of this prototype was completed recently.

Matrix PDM Signs Licensing Deal with GTT

Photo: GTT

GTT's Houston-based US subsidiary, GTT North America (GTT NA), has signed a license agreement with the American engineering company Matrix PDM Engineering. The agreement was signed at the Matrix Service Company headquarters in Tulsa, OK, in the presence of John Hewitt – Matrix Service Company CEO, Joe Montalbano – Matrix Service Company COO and Matrix PDM Engineering President; and Aziz Bamik – General Manager, GTT NA. The license grants Matrix PDM Engineering the right to implement GTT’s patents to construct onshore storage tanks for LNG (liquefied natural gas)…

LR Approves GTT Pressurized Membrane Systems

Lloyd’s Register specialists have issued GTT an Approval in Principle (AIP) for a membrane cargo containment system (CCS) for bunker ships to allow an increase in vapor pressure of up to 2barg. The AIP follows a joint research and innovation program between GTT and LR investigating cargo containment behavior, looking at strength aspects in various applications, sizes and at different pressures. The close collaboration between Lloyd’s Register and GTT experts, through workshops using experimental and analytical results and data on internal pressures occurring in LNG tanks, studied the maximum compressive strength of the containment system on LNG carriers.

Reliance Inaugurates New Ethane Carriers

A Type C Tank being installed on World’s first very large ethane carrier of Reliance

In a ceremony held in Geoje (South Korea), Indian's largest private sector company Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance) inaugurated its very first two VLEC (Very Large Ethane Carrier), in the presence of the shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and other key partners of the project. These vessels, Ethane Crystal and Ethane Emerald, are the world's first ethane carriers to feature GTT's membrane technology. They are the first of a series of six vessels, ordered by Reliance in 2014, which will be fitted with GTT's membrane containment systems.

Envirocleanse Applies for BWTS Type Approval

Envirocleanse LLC recently submitted a Letter of Intent to the U.S. Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) indicating that the company will apply for Type Approval of its patented Envirocleanse inTank ballast water treatment system (BWTS). Envirocleanse, a division of Charter Brokerage, a BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY company, produces a BWTS called inTank, which combines a proprietary membrane technology for the production of the nontoxic, noncorrosive biocide hypochlorous acid (HOCl) with the U.S. Geological Survey patented “nozzle system” for dispersion in the ballast tanks. Seattle based marine consultancy, Glosten, is a strategic partner in this endeavor, holding the patent rights to the nozzle system and providing engineering expertise.

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