Winners Selected in Singaporean ‘Low Cost LNG Retrofit’ Challenge

| Singapore | Source: NTU
VLOC Cape Hawk

Capesize VLOC ‘Cape Hawk’ (image: Maritime-Connector)

Following a national competition organised last year in Singapore to develop green solutions for the shipping industry, prizes have been awarded for concepts that will contribute to the reduction of CAPEX when retrofitting vessels for LNG marine fuel propulsion. Professor Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF) presented the prizes at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC) 2019 last week. Read more »

Italy’s Tourism Rail Migrating to Methane

| Italy: Rome | Source: Snam

FS Italiene trainFerrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA (FS Italiane), Snam and Hitachi Rail Italy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to convert part of the current FS Italiane train fleet from diesel to methane. The decision contributes to sustainable mobility developments in Italy and will enhance enjoyment of the country’s green tourism sector. Read more »

RariTEK Highlights Natural Gas Technology Options for Tatarstan’s Agriculture

| Tatarstan: Naberezhnye Chelny (Russia)  | Source: RariTEK Group

Gomselmash Gas harvester KZS-4118K PALESSERussian manufacturing group RariTEK, participating this last week at the Collegium of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan, discussed and displayed natural gas technology as it applies to the region’s massive agricultural sector. Read more »

Hapag-Lloyd Converts LNG-Ready Sajir to LNG Dual-Fuel

| Germany: Hamburg | Source: Hapag-Lloyd AG
Sajir

(Image: BalticShipping.com)

Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship MV Sajir to operate using liquified natural gas (LNG). In future, the engine system will be able to function using either of two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). The contract for the retrofitting was signed at the end of last week with Hudong ZHONGHUA Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. Read more »

EU Approves Funding for Baleària-Five Conversion to LNG

| Spain: Dénia | Source: Baleària
MV Bahama Mama will be converted to LNG

MV Bahama Mama will be converted to LNG

The Spanish shipping company Baleària’s multi-vessel conversion project is one of several Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) initiatives to be approved in the latest round of the European Union’s TEN-T funding for sustainable and innovative transport projects. Baleària submitted its application as part of TEN-T’s CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) program. The company’s objective, being to remotorize five ferries of its fleet, has been described by the EU as “excellent”. Read more »

MAN DF Engines Selected for Conversion of RoPax Ferries to LNG

| Denmark: Copenhagen and Spain: Dénia

balearia vesselSpanish ferry operator Baleària Eurolineas Maritimas, S.A. has contracted MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Energy Solutions, to convert two RoPax ferries to liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel operation. Sister ships, the Nápoles and Sicilia, are currently each powered by 2 × MAN 9L48/60A main engines, which will all be converted to 9L51/60DF units. Read more »

Omnitek Engine Conversions and Natural Gas Engine Manufacturing Commence in China

| USA: Vista CA

Omnitek OM6NG1Omnitek Engineering Corp. says it has commenced shipments of the company’s natural gas engine components to its exclusive distributor in China, Omnitek Beijing. The Omnitek system components will be utilized to convert large marine engines, mining-trucks and power generators from diesel to natural gas. New natural gas engine production will prioritize engines for marine and on-road applications. Read more »

BC Ferries Completes Mid-Life Upgrade for ‘Spirit of British Columbia’

| Canada, Victoria BC
BC Ferries - Spirit of British Columbia planned for conversion to dual-fuel 2014

Spirit of British Columbia (Image: BC Ferries)

BC Ferries has completed the major mid-life upgrade of one of its two largest vessels, the 167-metre Spirit of British Columbia, which include conversion to natural gas fueled propulsion. It returned to service this week on the Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route. 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 »

Cruise Operator Hurtigruten Chooses LNG-Hybrid Upgrades for Nine Ships

| United Kingdom: Westhampnett

Hurtigruten Ferry, NorwayNorwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce for a major environmental upgrade programme to hybrid power. The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to Liquified Natural Gas and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system. Read more »