Van Oord Contracts Keppel to build two Dual-fuel Dredgers

| Singapore and Netherlands

Van Oord TSHDs dual-fuel illustrationKeppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) has secured contracts from Dutch dredging contractor Van Oord to build two high-specification Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs). Built to the requirements of classification society, Bureau Veritas, the two dredgers will be equipped with dual-fuel systems capable of running on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Read more »

Europe’s First Dredger Dual-fuel Conversion Underway in Dunkurque

| France: Dunkerque
Samuel de Champlain pre conversion to dual fuel

Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger “Samuel de Champlain”

Work has begun at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining MGO and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). A ceremony was held at the yard to mark the first cutting of steel for the prefabrication of a new section of hull that will hold the new generators and other equipment. Read more »

WinGD Natural Gas Marine Technology Earns Emissions Reduction Award

| Switzerland: Winterthur

WinGD-wartsila dual-fuel engineWinGD took home the Marine Propulsion Emissions Reduction Award last week, in Amsterdam, during the Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference.  The Emissions Reduction Award is awarded for an innovation that can “demonstrate actual or potential reductions in emissions as a result of its implementation.” WinGD two-stroke 12-cylinder X92DF (dual-fuel) engines will power a series of nine 22,000 TEU containerships for CGA CGM. Read more »

Dual-fuel Systems Distribution Agreement Supports Eastern Canada Fleets to Switch to Natural Gas

| USA: New Hudson MI and Canada: Ayr ON

Hiller's dual-fuel conversionsIcom North America, a New Hudson MI-based manufacturer and distributor of patented alternative fuels systems to the Americas, and Hiller Truck Tech of Ayr, Ontario have signed an Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Icom Dynamic CNG/diesel and LNG/diesel Dual Fuel Systems for Eastern Canada including Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Provinces. Read more »

First Sayaringo STaGE Hybrid LNG Carrier Named

| Japan: Nagasaki

Diamond Gas OrchidNYK and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) have, on behalf of their co-owned joint venture company Diamond LNG Shipping 1 Pte. Ltd., carried out a naming ceremony at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. The 293.5 metre dual-fuel hybrid vessel with 165,000 m3 cargo capacity will be delivered on June 29 this year. Read more »

Desgagnés Christens World’s First Polar-class Dual-fuel Oil/chemical Tanker

| Canada: Montreal QC
Mia Desgagnés

Mia Desgagnés

Desgagnés, a marine transportation conglomerate headquartered in Quebec City, this week christened and launched the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. “Desgagnés is very proud to have achieved another world first in only a few short months,” declared its president and CEO, Louis-Marie Beaulieu, recalling that last May, Desgagnés named the M/T Damia Desgagnés, the very first dual-fuel asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker. Read more »

WinGD X-DF NG-VOC Capability a Greener Solution for Shipping

| Italy: Trieste

WinGD-wartsila dual-fuel engineWinterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has moved into a new category of environmental compatibility following the successful testing of a NG-VOC (Natural Gas – Volatile Organic Compounds) fuel mix for the WinGD X-DF engine. The engine uses a VOC recovery system developed by Wärtsilä Gas Systems. The engines will power two 125 000 dwt Shuttle Tankers for AET. Read more »

Update from Indian Railways re CNG Conversions

| India, Delhi
IROAF CNG DEMU

IROAF CNG-converted DEMU

During question time in India’s Rajya Sabha (Council of States), it was made clear by the Ministry of Railways that progress is being made to reduce use of diesel fuel and increase energy/fuel efficiency in its operation system. Representatives were updated on conversions of Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) to natural gas. Read more »

LNG-fuelled ‘Fure Vinga’ Joins Furetank Fleet

| Sweden: Donsö

Fure Vinga (1)Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi AB has taken delivery of its latest vessel, Fure Vinga, the first in a series of six 17.999 DWT product tankers with LNG operation. Following successful sea trials, the vessel has this week been transferred to Furetank and started its trip from the shipyard of Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding in China, sailing to Europe. Read more »

MAN Diesel & Turbo and Hyundai to Build Engine Test Facility in Korea

| Denmark: Copenhagen

ME-GI Pump Vaporizer UnitMAN Diesel & Turbo is to build a new test-engine facility in collaboration with its two-stroke licensee, HHI-EMD, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industries. The new venture aims to expand MAN Diesel & Turbo’s R&D test capacity, in the process strengthening its development of dual-fuel gas engines. Read more »