Split-Hull Dredge Design Presents Challenge for LNG Propulsion

| Netherlands, Foxhol

The SCHN (Shipyard Constructions New Hoogezand) shipyard from Foxhol is in the market for a series of five special ships for the port of Bremen.  The vessels are split hull dredges, designed to open over the entire length to allow their loads to sink to the seabed. The intention is to have all vessels propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Read more »

Dual-Fuel Tugboat Opens LNG Marine Fuel Horizons for Japan

| Japan, Tokyo

Sakigaki - NYK LNG tugboat Aug2015The building of Japan’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled tugboat was completed for Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) by Keihin Dock Co. Ltd’s Oppama plant on August 31. The vessel will be used to verify the effectiveness of LNG as a marine fuel; it’s name — “Sakigake” (PRESTO) — shouldering the expectations of being a flagship for opening up a new business field of LNG fuel in Japan. Read more »

Two Dual-Fuel Ferry Newbuilds Planned for the Clyde

| Scotland, Edinburgh
Clyde industry in the 1990s

Clyde industry in the 1990s

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) as the preferred tenderer for the contract to build two ferries for the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd’s (CMAL) fleet. The new ferries will be ‘dual-fuel’ vessels so they can operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine diesel.  Read more »

Premier Alt-Fuel Company to Arise from Westport and Fuel Systems Solutions Merger

| Canada, Vancouver BC and USA, New York NY

Complementary industry expertise provides compelling rationale for merger

Westport Innovations Inc., and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc., have entered into a merger agreement to create a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company, according to a joint press release. “The merger of these two organizations, both rich in technology innovation and with proven track records of manufacturing, production and sales, will provide greater breadth of alternative fuel systems solutions as products and development engineering to OEM partners globally,” said David Demers, CEO of Westport. The merger delivers complementary technologies and expertise, with the combined company conducting business in more than 70 countries. Read more »

Hitachi Zosen Orders MHI High-Pressure Gas Supply System for Marine Engines

| Japan, Tokyo
MHI LNG pressuring part of high pressure gas supply system Aug2015

LNG pressurizing equipment, similar to MHI’s testing equipment

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a Japanese green energy technology and engineering company, for a high-pressure gas supply system enabling use of natural gas as fuel in marine engines. Delivery of the system is scheduled for the second half of 2016, for installation at Hitachi Zosen’s Ariake Works in Nagasu-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture. After use in gas fuelled demonstration testing of a marine diesel test engine, Hitachi Zosen will use the system to provide gas fuel for the marine diesel engines that the company manufactures. Read more »

First Collins CNG School Bus Delivery Heads for Pennsylvania

| USA, Orlando FL
Collins CNG school bus for Merion County-PA

The bus is equipped with the CNG Westport WiNG™ Power System

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a U.S. manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, says its Collins Bus Corporation subsidiary has delivered the first four production units of its new NEXBUS® compressed natural gas (CNG) Type A school bus to the Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The buses are set up with 30 GGE fuel capacity which allows for an operational range of 200-250 miles depending on local circumstances. Read more »

Omnitek Strengthens Presence in Turkey

| USA, Vista CA

Teknosis, Omnitek Engineering Corp.’s exclusive distributor in Turkey, is now operating under the name Omnitek Turkiye, as it accelerates sales and marketing of diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions for heavy-duty trucks and municipal buses throughout the country. Read more »

Nigerian NGVs Reach 5,000, Says NIPCO

Nigeria - Oando CNG stationThere are now about 5,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) operating in Nigeria, reports Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company, NIPCO Plc, an indigenous downstream petroleum and gas operator. That represents significant growth given there were approximately 900 vehicles recorded at end of 2012.  Read more »

Wärtsilä 34DF Finds Home in Korean Shipyards

| Finland, Helsinki

Wärtsilä- 34DFWärtsilä Corporation reports the upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is rapidly becoming established as an industry standard, particularly in South Korea, but in shipyards elsewhere also. The three major South Korean shipyards are supporting the use of this engine for auxiliary applications in the LNG Carrier segment where dual-fuel engines are favoured.  Read more »

2015 North American NGV Conference & Expo

| USA, Denver CO

NGVAmerica 2015 Show logoWhen: September 15–17, 2015
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
Website: http://www.ngvshow.com/  Registration: click here

The largest gathering of NGV industry professionals in North America is taking place in just over two weeks time. If you want to be part of critical debates, learn about current and future industry-defining issues and explore cutting edge NGV technologies that have proven to be cost effective and climate friendly, this is the event you need to attend. Read more »