Mandatory Safety Code Now Active for Gas-fuelled Vessels

| United Kingdom, London
Isla Bella

TOTE introduced the world’s first natural gas-powered containership, the Isla Bella.

A new code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels entered into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) demands compliance with the requirements of the IGF code, which contains mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using gases, focusing initially on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Read more »

ISO PC252 Fueling Stations – An NGV Global Initiative

NGV Global - International Association for Natural Gas VehiclesActive on behalf of the natural gas for transportation industry for 30 years, NGV Global is building a rich history of leadership, collaboration and advocacy. Our Technical Group of Experts is currently focusing on ISO PC252, just one of our many priorities that call for international collaboration and input.  PC252 began with an NGV Global initiative in 2007. Read more »

U.S. Introduces Phase 2 Standards for MDVs and HDVs; Phase 1 Retained for Natural Gas

| USA, Washington DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have this week jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, add to energy security and stimulate manufacturing innovation. NGVAmerica, the U.S. trade association for natural gas vehicles (NGV), sees positive outcomes for the natural gas for transportation sector. Read more »

SAE J1616 Standard for CNG Vehicle Fuel Updated

| USA, Warrendale PA

In May this year, SAE International’s Fuels And Lubricants Tc 7 Fuels Committee released an updated version of SAE J1616: Standard for Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel (SAE J 1616_201605). The revision reflects the growing maturity of the natural gas fuel for transportation market, particularly in North America but also globally, and pays greater attention to supply chain influences upon fuel quality. Read more »

U.S. Adopts DGE Standard for Natural Gas Motor Fuel Sales

| USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica
Clean Energy Dispenser LNG-fueling

LNG refueling at Clean Energy Fuels station

The U.S. National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) at its recent annual meeting voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as motor fuel. The DGE standard, already adopted as standard practice by twenty eight States for taxing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), allows for the ready comparison of natural gas with diesel fuel, the dominant fuel used in truck applications. Read more »

CNG and LNG Approved as Fuel for Transporting Dangerous Goods (ADR)

 | Source: NGV Global

ADR PictogramsThe last hurdle towards legalizing Natural Gas as a fuel for trucks transporting dangerous goods was lifted last week in Geneva. NGV Global’s Executive Director, Diego Goldin, says: “This sends a positive signal that using natural gas as a transport fuel is rightly considered safe, even for transporting dangerous products.”  Read more »

US Coast Guard Updates LNG Bunkering Guidance

| USA, Washington DC

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico LNG BunkeringThe United States Coast Guard (USCG)’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) has updated its Memorandum on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering procedures, issued in October 2015, following observations of several LNG bunkering operations over the last few months. The revision Memorandum publishes “change one to Reference (a) to differentiate LNG bunkering recommendations specific for U.S. flagged vessels from recommendations for all vessels (U.S. and non-U.S. flagged vessels)”. Read more »

UNECE WP.15 Approves Gaseous Fuels on ADR-Certified Trucks

| Switzerland, Geneva

Another step in the direction of ‘equalizing’ opportunities for gaseous fuels with petroleum liquids was made at the United Nations in Geneva on 11-12 November 2015 when UNECE Working Party 15 on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) passed an amendment allowing the use of gaseous fuels on ADR-certified (dangerous goods) trucks. NGV Global, working collaboratively with the AEGPL (European LPG Association), successfully advocated adding CNG and LPG to the list of approved fuels for ADR trucks. This follows a successful effort by NGV Global in 2014 to include LNG as a fuel for ADR-certified trucks. Read more »

NGV Global Tech Forum Addresses Hot Issues

| USA | Source: NGV Global

NGV Global Tech Forum ACT Expo 2015NGV Global conducted a Technical Forum for NGV Global members and invited guests at ACT Expo 2015. Once again the event was standing room only, a clear indication of the willingness of the North American marketplace to embrace natural gas as a cleaner, increasingly available and economic fuel for transportation. Main “hot buttons” were temperature compensation for filling CNG, heavy hydrocarbons/compressor oil in CNG stream and Carbon Intensity of NGVs. Read more »

CSA Opens New Lab for Alt-Fuel Testing and Certification

| Canada, Langley BC

CSA lab LangleyCSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and standards development organization, has opened a new laboratory for the testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used on board low and zero emission vehicles.  The new lab addresses a growing market for environmentally friendly vehicles and the resulting infrastructure that will accompany the shift to alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG). Read more »