PGS 26 for CNG and LNG Vehicles Issued for Comment in Netherlands

| The Netherlands, Delft

Prins CNG/LPGNetherlands’ Publicatiereeks Gevaarlijke Stoffen (PGS, tr. Hazardous Substances Publication Series) has drafted a national safety guideline covering safe procedures for CNG and LNG vehicles (PGS 26). The document is formulated according to ‘Nieuwe Stijl’ (tr. New Style) guidelines which convert existing PGS publications into a format consistent with the Netherland’s 2018 Environmental Act. All interested parties can view the concept and send any comments to the PGS project office. Read more »

FLEX LNG Progresses MEGI-Powered LNGC Newbuildings

| Bermuda, Hamilton

Flex Endeavour (MEGI) Sea Trial Oct 2017Flex LNG Ltd (FLEX LNG) has entered into a time-charter contract for the LNG carrier newbuilding, Flex Endeavour, to Uniper Global Commodities (Uniper), a leading international energy company with operations in more than 40 countries, and headquarter in Germany. The 173,400 m3 cargo capacity LNG carrier is equipped with the high efficiency MEGI (M-Type Electronically Controlled Gas Injection) propulsion system. Read more »

U.S. State of Ohio Opens Way for Alt-Fuel Conversion Grants

| USA, Columbus OH

PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate - CNG RefuelingIn the U.S. State of Ohio, a legislative committee voted recently to approve rules regarding the Alternative Fuels Vehicle Conversion Grant (AFVC) program. This grant will help reduce up-front costs of vehicles powered by natural gas. The AFVC grant will reimburse business owners for a portion of the cost of replacing or converting a vehicle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or propane autogas (LPG). Read more »

EC CEF Funding for Five Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects

| Belgium, Brussels

EC LogoFive natural gas projects are among the 39 projects that the EU Commission has selected to co-finance within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds under the 2017 CEF Transport Blending MAP Call First Cut-Off. Collectively the projects will be funded €33.18m (USD 40m), being 19.2% of almost €173 million ($204m) that will be invested. The EC’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) uses its funding capacity to leverage private involvement and capital in the delivery of CEF Transport projects. Read more »

Pavilion Gas Awarded LNG Bunker Supply Contract By PSA Marine

| Singapore

Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Pavilion Energy, has been awarded a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker supply contract by PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd for the supply of LNG bunker fuel from 2019. LNG bunker fuel will be supplied to two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs, which will be owned and operated by PSA Marine, a marine services provider with flagship operations in Singapore. The tugs are scheduled for delivery in 2019. Read more »

ABS to Class LNG Bunker Barge for Q-LNG

| USA, Houston TX
Shell LNG Barge illustration

© Q-LNG Transport, LLC

ABS, an international provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018 and has been chartered for operations by Shell Trading (US) Company. Read more »

Vard to Design and Construct First LNG-Fueled Hybrid Cruise Icebreaker

| Norway, Ålesund

VARD 6 17 - Ponant icebreakerNorwegian company Vard, a global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, has secured a contract for the design and construction of one luxury polar expedition cruise vessel for French cruise company Ponant. The contract value is approximately NOK 2.7 billion (approx. USD 323 million). Aker Arctic and Stirling Design International will also collaborate on the development of this unique icebreaker. Read more »

Port of Tallinn Discounts Tonnage Fees for LNG-Fuelled Vessels

| Estonia, Tallinn

Estonia's Port of TallinnEstonia’s Port of Tallinn is determined to stimulate the adoption of environmentally friendlier technologies in the Baltic Sea shipping sector. To aid that goal, it will offer a discount of four percent on tonnage fees to all ships that use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel when calling at the Port’s harbours. The discount applies from the start of 2018. Read more »

Two LNG Dual-Fuel Tugs for Singapore’s PSA Marine

| Singapore

PSA Marine tugboat (not dual-fuel)PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd, a Singapore-based marine services provider, has recently awarded a contract to build one dual-fuel LNG harbour tug. It will be awarding another contract to build its second dual-fuel LNG harbour tug in January 2018. Both tugs are scheduled for delivery in 2019. Read more »

Damen Contracted for First Dredger Conversion in Europe to Dual-fuel LNG / MGO

| The Netherlands, Gorinchem

Samuel de Champlain pre conversion to dual fuelDamen Shiprepair & Conversion has been awarded a contract to undertake the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and MGO. This will be the first conversion of its kind to take place in Europe. The contract was awarded by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports with regard to its 117m, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain, and the works will take place next year at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Read more »