Global Energy Ventures Signs LOI with CIMC Raffles to Build CNG Vessels

| Australia and China | Source: Global Energy Ventures

GEV Optimum CNG transportation design (illustration)Global Energy Ventures Ltd (GEV), the leading developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, says it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore, Ltd (CIMC Raffles) to build CNG-powered ‘CNG Optimum’ 200 ships. The LOI is based on a firm order for four (4) 200 MMscf Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four (4) ships.

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ABS to Class First LNG/Diesel/Battery Vessel for Harvey Gulf

| USA: New Orleans LA | Source: ABS

Harvey EnergyAmerican Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been selected to class two Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) being retrofitted with a battery/converter system by Harvey Gulf International Marine. The Harvey Energy will become the first ABS-classed dual-fuel (LNG/marine diesel) and battery vessel and the first U.S. flagged OSV equipped with a battery/converter system. Significant emissions reduction is expected to be achieved. Read more »

Wärtsilä Solutions for China’s First Seagoing LNG Bunker Vessel

| Finland: Helsinki and China: Dalian | Source: Wärtsilä Corporation

Chinese-owned vessel will have Wartsila propulsion (CSDC)China’s first seagoing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker vessel will operate with a comprehensive and integrated package of highly efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions from the technology group Wärtsilä. The ship is being built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of the ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China. Read more »

Ballard Unveils 8th-Gen Fuel Cell Module for Heavy Duty Motive Market

| Canada: Vancouver BC and Sweden: Stockholm | Source: Ballard Power Systems

Ballard fuel cell moduleBallard Power Systems unveiled the Company’s 8th generation high performance fuel cell module, the FCmove™-HD, at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit being held in Stockholm, Sweden, this week. The company says this 8th-gen module is the culmination of product development and field experience based on almost 14 million kilometers (9 million miles) of vehicle operation. Read more »

Volvo Says TNO Tests Prove Suitability of LNG as Truck Fuel

| The Netherlands | Source: Volvo Trucks

Volvo FH LNG refuellingThe Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), an organisation independent of government and commercial influence, has completed tests of the Volvo FH LNG truck. TNO has found that under representative conditions for long-distance transport in the Netherlands CO2 emissions from the exhaust of the Volvo FH LNG truck are almost 20% lower than those of TNO-tested Euro 6 diesel trucks. The saving is considerable, especially when deployed on the highway, namely a 23% reduction in CO2. Read more »

Trio of LNG Shipping Designs Celebrated at Nor-Shipping 2019

| United Kingdom: London | Source: LR and SCF

HHI VLCC Eco-tanker designThree major celebrations have taken place at Nor-Shipping 2019 in Oslo this week, related to LNG-fuelled marine transportation. Two of the world’s leading large ship builders, SHI and HHI, have been presented with approvals in principle (AiP) for VLCC designs in separate ceremonies by LR, and Gagarin Prospect, an LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tanker owned and operated by Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has won the Next Generation Ship Award 2019. Read more »

Three New LNG Marine Engines from WinGD

| Switzerland: Winterthur | Source: WinGD

WinGD RE-flex50DF engineWinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.) is building on the proven technology with the addition of new dual-fuel engines to its portfolio. The X40DF, X82-D and X82DF engines will provide a wider variety of compliant choices to the ship owner. The company says the new engines are part of its response to growing demand for more efficient and reliable marine propulsion that serves the needs of an increasingly environmentally sustainable industry. Read more »

Heerema’s Herculean Dual-fuel Semi-submersible Crane Vessel Completed by Sembcorp

| Singapore | Source: Sembcorp Marine

CCSV SleipnirSingapore’s Sembcorp Marine (SCM) entered into an Engineering and Construction contract with Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services B.V. (HOS) to build a new DP3 dual-fuelled semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) in mid 2015. Now launched and nearing completion, SSCV Sleipnir is the first dual-fuel crane vessel, with engines running on LNG and MGO for sustainable operation across all environmental jurisdictions. Read more »

ANG Technology to Collect Boil-off Gas on LNG Ships

| USA: Fremont CA | Source: Cenergy Solutions
ANG Storage Testing

ANG Storage Testing

Cenergy Solutions has signed a collaboration agreement with one of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipbuilders in the world to store boil-off gas without compressing it in high pressure CNG tanks or refrigerating the gas to be restored as LNG. The captured gas is then able to be used to fuel the ship’s engines, with both dedicated and dual-fuel LNG as applications. Read more »

Australia’s Incat Secures Contract for LNG-Powered World-Leading Ferry

| Australia: Hobart TAS | Source: Incat Australia

Buquebus world largest aluminium ferry conceptAustralian shipbuilder Incat, based in Hobart, Tasmania, has secured a contract to build the world’s largest aluminium ship. The vessel, like its Incat-built predecessor Francisco, will be used Liquefied Natural Gas to achieve a maximum speed of over forty knots. The 130‑metre ferry will join the other Incat ships already serving various ports between Argentina and Uruguay. Read more »