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Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel Significantly Accelerated in 2017

Graph: Titan LNG

Titan LNG says that the stage has been set for a push in the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel beyond the tipping point. The order book for LNG-powered ships grew substantially, the LNG bunkering infrastructure is maturing and the pricing of LNG has become structurally competitive versus MGO. In 2017 around 11% of all new build contracts were LNG powered ships, a trend that we expect to continue during 2018. Titan LNG is very pleased with these developments and we are proud to be at the forefront of this market.

Turkish Power Ship to Supply Electricity to Zambia

Turkey's Karadeniz will in the next two weeks begin supplying Zambia with electricity from a power-generating ship as it looks to take advantage of chronic shortages in Africa, the company said on Wednesday. Karadeniz builds what are effectively floating power stations which plug into electricity grids after berthing. They run on fuel oil but can also use natural gas. One of the firm's vessels docked this week at Mozambique's Nacala port, from where it will supply 100 megawatts of electricity for the next two years, power that will then be exported through the grid to neighbouring Zambia. This is the second power ship Karadeniz has deployed to Africa after a 225 MW unit arrived in Ghana last year.

LNG-Powered Ship in Chinese Waterways

China Natural Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: CHNG), a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel and pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial, and residential use in Xi'an, China, announced that a ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and modified by the company successfully completed its test navigation in Wuhan on August 3, 2010. The event is the first time an LNG-powered ship has navigated in China's domestic waterways, demonstrating that LNG can be used both in cars and ships as a transportation fuel. The company succeeded in fueling a tugboat weighing over 300 tons with LNG for Wuhan Ferry Company. The ship now runs on a fuel formula of 30% diesel and 70% natural gas, representing significant energy and cost savings.

Honghua Wins Order for 200 LNG Vessels

Honghua Group Ltd. informs it has signed a shipbuilding deal with LNG Power Shipping Ltd. for the construction of 200 eco-friendly inland river ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The contract, worth approximately RMB760 million ($122.4 million USD), will see Honghua build and sell 200 LNG-powered inland vessels, including 700-ton ships, 950-ton ships and 1,350-ton ships. The builder expects to deliver all of the vessels by the end of September 2016. Honghua Group chairman Zhang Mi commented on the deal, saying, “The LNG powered ships that [Honghua Group] will build are a new type of environment-friendly transportation vessel, directly responding to the concept of environment protection and energy saving.

Port Gothenburg Offering LNG

Image: Port of Gothenburg

Ships running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) are going to be able to bunker at the Port of Gothenburg, as new regulations for LNG bunkering have been introduced by the Gothenburg Port Authority in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam and the Swedish Transport Agency. The regulations will allow cargo ships to bunker LNG at a cargo terminal and are the first general regulations to be introduced in Sweden. Dan-Erik Andersson, Vice President Operations at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port, said: "We firmly believe that LNG is the marine fuel of the future.

Rolls-Royce Wins Norwegian Contract

(Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce won a second order for a vessel from its award winning Environship range. This gas powered ship will be used to supply feed to fish farms along the Norwegian coast. The vessel has been ordered by Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS and will operate a demanding schedule to ensure fish are fed at the same time every week, regardless of weather conditions. The NVC 401 Forage Carrier, is the latest ship design from the Rolls-Royce Environship range and incorporates a variety of features to reduce environmental impact while increasing efficiency.

Turkish Shipbuilder to Send Floating Power to Gaza

Turkish shipbuilder Karadeniz Holding plans to send an electricity generating vessel to Gaza to provide urgently needed power in the enclave left reeling by an Israeli bombing campaign that began last month. Karadeniz announced its intentions on Tuesday, shortly after Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that a power ship - a floating power station - would be sent as soon as Gaza's port facilities had been upgraded. Israel began military operations in Gaza on July 8 in response to rockets being fired into Israeli territory by fighters loyal to Islamist group Hamas. The bombardment has left much of the enclave's already fragile infrastructure in tatters, sparking warnings from the United Nations over spiralling prices and food shortages.

World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard. After christening by Sophie Sacco — wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union — the 754-foot-long Isla Bella slid into San Diego Bay on the high tide at 9:10 p.m. Fireworks erupted as the ship floated. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE at what is the last major yard still in existence on the US west coast.

This Day in Navy History

1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated . 1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters. http://www.history.navy.mil/    

This Day in Navy History

September 30 1800 - U.S. concludes treaty of peace with France, ending Quasi War with France. 1944 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies and evacuates some people from Panay, Philipppine Islands. 1946 - U.S. Government announces that U.S. Navy units would be permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to carry out American policy and diplomacy. 1954 - Commissioning at Groton, CT, of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered ship 1958 - Marines leave Lebanon. 1959 - Last flight of airshps assigned to the Naval Air Reserve at Lakehurst, NJ takes place 1968 - Battleship New Jersey arrives off Vietnam

This Day in Naval History – August 25

1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated . 1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters. (Source: Navy News Service)

California ARB Approves Port Emission Reduction Plan

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved a plan to reduce air emissions attributed to diesel-powered ships, locomotives, trucks, harbor craft, and cargo handling equipment involved in goods movement activity. The cost of the measure is estimated to be up to $10 billion over the next 15 years and the health benefits are estimated to be up to $47 billion. Source: HK Law

This Day in Naval History – August 25

1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated . 1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 25

USS Essex (CV-9). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 25 1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated . 1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 25

From the Navy News Service 1843 - Steam frigate arrives at Gibralter completing first trans-Atlantic crossing by a steam-powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on are repatriated. 1951 - Twenty-three fighters from USS Essex (CV 9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea, since target was beyond range of land-based fighters.

LNG: New Milestone for MAN Rollo

Photo: MAN Rollo

MAN Rollo will provide the crane vessel Werkendam with three LNG generator sets. International marine and offshore contractor Van Oord is currently building the ship at Neptune Shipyards in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. It is the first LNG powered vessel for both the yard and Van Oord. Engine supplier MAN Rollo is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable propulsion. Karel Schuurman, Sales Manager Marine Engines at MAN Rollo says, "We want to make a difference in the market for environmentally friendly applications.

South Korea to Build World's Largest LNG-Fueled Ship

The Asia Energy, one of the new LNG carriers, during sea trials in South Korea. Photo: Chevron Corporation

In an effort to go green amid looming strict emission rules, South Korea will launch a pilot program to build the world's largest vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports Yonhap. South Korean Ministry of  Oceans and Fisheries  said it will join forces with local shipyards, builders and state institutes to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-propelled vessels. The government launched a task force in January made up of local companies to develop the emerging marine transport sector to comply with the International Maritime Organization's sulfur cap on bunkers…

Karachi, Pakistan, Power Ships Idle Worsen Outages

The world’s largest power ship lies anchored off Pakistan’s energy-starved port city of Karachi, just one of its 19 chimneys puffing smoke into the sea air, reports Haris Amwar in  Blooberg Business Week news item. The Kaya Bey and a sister vessel, whose furnace-oil generators could halve the city’s peak 600-megawatt energy shortfall, has been largely idle since the Supreme Court suspended its license amid an anti-corruption probe. Karachi’s 18 million people face another summer without the power they need to cool homes or run businesses. The Turkish floating power station dropped anchor in November 2010 as part of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s bid to curb a nationwide power deficit that widened to 6,000 megawatts this month, or 30 percent of demand.

Low Emission Ships Aid Statoil

Statoil said savings in acid-rain-causing nitrogen oxide (NOx) from two new low-emitting ships would allow it to meet its NOx emissions reduction targets from one new power station. "We've been given permission to credit these NOx reductions against land-based projects," Knut Barland, vice-president for environment at Statoil said. The North Sea supply ships are small compared to cargo ships, but are so powerful they can be used to drag around oil rigs. They are usually so thirsty for diesel that they pump out as much NOx pollution each day as several thousand cars. But by designing each of them to run on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), gas that has been super-cooled until it condenses as liquid, NOx emissions from the two ships can be cut by 85 percent or 420 tons a year.

USCG/ASME Workshop on Marine Technology Standards

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in coordination with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), is sponsoring a two-day public workshop on marine technology and standards on July 29 and 30, 2010, in . The USCG/ASME Workshop on Marine Technology and Standards scheduled for July 29 and 30, 2010, in Washington DC, is a unique opportunity for classification societies, industry groups, standards development organizations, government organizations, and other interested members of the public to come together for a professional exchange of information on topics ranging from the technological impact on the marine industry, corresponding coverage in related codes and standards, and government regulations.

Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on www.charleston.net. Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration. Norfolk, Va.-based Colonna's Shipyard recently was awarded a $995,000 contract to renovate the 596-foot ship, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991, when it was still part of the naval museum at state-owned Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

Toyota Backs Japanese $1.8 Bln LNG Vessel Order

Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line)

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe, according to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei. The company has backed an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each, as it  is preparing for the environmental regulations that will go into force in 2020. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping are expected to be in the running for the contract, which is estimated to be approximately $1.83 billion.

GE LM Gas Turbines Poised to Re-Emerge in Marine Market

A GE gas turbine (Photo: GE).

GE Marine reported that its LM aeroderivative gas turbines are poised to re-emerge in the commercial marine market as a prime power producer, especially for new natural gas applications, such as fast ferry, liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, or FPSO. “Trends may come and go in the commercial marine industry, but what has remained a constant, reliable choice for ship owners and operators worldwide are our fuel-flexible and emissions-friendly line of LM gas turbines,” said Brien Bolsinger, general manager of GE Marine in Evendale, Ohio.

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