DNV GL Approves Kongsberg Simulator for LNG-fuelled Vessel Training

| Norway, Asker

Kongsberg Digital Engine Room SimulatorKongsberg Digital, a Norse provider of maritime, oil & gas and renewables & utilities software solutions, has received a DNV-GL statement of compliance for its newest Engine Room Simulator model designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DEDF Cruise Ferry model is designed for training courses aimed at ship officers (deck and engine) that intend to work on an LNG-fuelled vessel. Read more »

GFS Corp to Convert Mexican Mine Haul Trucks to LNG

| USA, Weston FL

Komatsu 930E Haul TruckGFS Corp, a developer of systems that allow large, high horsepower diesel engines to operate on a dual-fuel combination of natural gas and diesel, in mid-December announced it is set to convert Komatsu 930E haul trucks to LNG operation at a mine in Mexico. The company’s EVO-MT® 9300 System allows large mining equipment to use LNG in place of diesel fuel to save money and to reduce emissions.  Read more »

Jamaica Initiates LNG-Bus Pilot Project

| Jamaica, Kingston

Jamaica - New Fortress LNG tanksJamaica is entering the era of natural gas powered transportation, beginning with five liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered buses. The government has approved a pilot project to retrofit buses operated by Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), the single largest carrier of passengers in the Kingston Metropolitan Region. Read more »

Renfe Commences LNG Passenger Train Trials in Spain

| Spain, Madrid

Renfe Prototype LNG passenger trainThe first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas are underway in Spain. The tests, conducted on the line between Mieres and Figaredo, will analyze the potential environmental and economic advantages that natural gas can provide in rail transport using non-electrified lines. in atendance for the launch were Spain’s Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal. Read more »

Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Certified for 2018

| Canada, Vancouver BC

Westport ISX12N truck (brochure image)Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) has received certifications from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine. Like the Cummins Westport L9N engine, the ISX12N meets California ARB optional Low NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr, a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current EPA NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr. The ISX12N also meets 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission (GHG) requirements. 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 »