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Gate terminal starts construction of LNG break bulk facility at the port of Rotterdam

Gate terminal announced yesterday the ceremonial start of the construction activities for the new LNG break bulk infrastructure at its site at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam has begun with the excavation of a new harbor basin next to Gate terminal. The new facility is expected to boost the use of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner and affordable transportation fuel in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe according to a Gate terminal statement.  

Break bulk, or small-scale, services aim to split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller parcels. This enables the distribution and use of LNG as a fuel alternative for maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and industrial applications. The final result will put Rotterdam in place as a European hub for the complete LNG supply chain. The project adds an important step in achieving the goals of the ‘Green Deal Rhine and Wadden’, a partnership between the Dutch government, business and knowledge institutes aimed at promoting green growth. In 2016, a full scope of supply services for LNG will be available in the port of Rotterdam.

The Port of Rotterdam noted Shell has committed to buy capacity from Gate terminal which has enabled this investment in the terminal expansion. Shell has recently ordered a specialized LNG bunker vessel, to supply LNG-fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe. The new vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new LNG break bulk infrastructure. “The new infrastructure will enable us to further improve our service to customers,” says Dick Benschop, president director of Shell Netherlands. “We expect LNG will form a bigger part of the transport fuel mix in the future.”

The project is key to facilitate LNG distribution and to secure LNG supply in Northwest European ports, such as Gothenburg. The maritime connection between Rotterdam and this area is regarded as a part of the EU ‘motorways of the sea’ concept and has therefore been selected for co-financing under the European Union's TEN-T program. 

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Above: Gate terminal starts construction of LNG break bulk facility at the port of Rotterdam 

Raven Transport to Deploy 115 Additional LNG Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels Corp today announced one of their customers Raven Transport is expanding its natural gas fleet with 115 Peterbilt Model 579s powered by liquefied natural gas. Clean Energy noted it will support this fleet by opening fueling stations in Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, Pearl, Mississippi and Theodore, Alabama.

“Raven is rising to the challenge to move our customers’ goods with clean-burning fuel. Industry-leading shippers continue to set the standard in sustainable logistics, and today’s announcement enables Raven to accommodate these high standards,” said Stephen Silverman, chief operating officer for Raven Transport.

Raven purchased its expanded natural gas truck fleet from Rush Truck Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Another Rush Enterprises company, then completed the installation of Chart LNG fuel systems purchased through Clean Energy’s tank pricing program.  Clean Energy noted the fleet will operate on irregular routes originating from production plants and distribution centers in the Southeast and is forecasted to consume approximately 2.4 million additional DGEs of LNG annually.

“We’re proud to provide Raven Transport with our aerodynamic Model 579s powered by LNG, the newest addition to our industry-leading portfolio of natural gas vehicles,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager, Sales and Marketing. “Peterbilt continues to partner with environmental and alternative fuel leaders as we develop advanced vehicle technologies and solutions to meet their full range of needs.”

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Above: New Raven Transport LNG trucks outside Peterbilt Motors assembly plant in Denton, Texas. (Photo: Business Wire)

Shell opens two more LNG truck fueling stations in US

Shell announced today the opening of new LNG lanes at two TravelCenters of America truck fueling stations in the US. Located in Baytown, Texas and in Lafayette, Louisiana. The locations offer an LNG refueling option to trucks driving to the Port of Houston and through Louisiana according to a Shell statement.  The two stations follow Ontario, California, which was the first site to open LNG lanes under the Shell-TA agreement last year. 

“It is great to see LNG fuel now being offered at these two stations,” said Elen Phillips, Vice President Fuels Sales and Marketing, North America, for Shell. “LNG can be a good choice for truck owners and more are making the switch to LNG. With each new site, we are pleased to be driving the development of safe and cost-efficient LNG fueling technology.”

Shell noted as customer demand grows in the US, Shell and TravelCenters of America plan to open additional truck fuelling lanes. “We see an opportunity in using LNG as a lower cost and cleaner fuel alternative to diesel, and expect the strengthening supply chain in North America to give customers reassurance that LNG is becoming a bigger part of the transport fuel mix,” said Shell’s Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG, Americas. “Shell continues to look in to the commercial opportunity of supplying LNG fuel to customers in the region – both marine and road transport customers.”

“We are very happy to have opened our Baytown and Lafayette LNG lanes,” shared Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. “All of our LNG lanes are ‘super lanes’ in that they are equipped to dispense LNG, diesel and DEF. Because super lanes are integrated with existing fuel lanes, we do not interrupt truck traffic flow, or reduce available truck parking spaces.  We now have six truck repair and maintenance facilities that perform repair and maintenance on LNG and CNG vehicles.”

Peterbilt Models 579 and 567 To Be Available In LNG Configurations

Peterbilt Motors Company announced today it is expanding its portfolio of natural-gas powered vehicles with the introduction of its Models 579 and 567 in LNG configurations.

“Last year production began on compressed natural gas configurations of the Models 579 and 567, meeting a healthy market need for customers seeking cost effective, cleaner burning natural gas energy,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing. “We’re again expanding our natural gas product offerings with liquefied natural gas configurations of these same models, giving customers greater choice and flexibility for their business and operation requirements.”

The Models 579 and 567 LNG configurations are available as daycabs and production is scheduled for June. Both trucks are powered by the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G with up to 400 horsepower and 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque.

“Peterbilt is the industry’s natural gas leader with the largest market share, most experience and broadest, most versatile product lineup,” said Woodall. “We offer a natural gas truck option for nearly every application, and we’re pleased to offer our flagship aerodynamic Model 579 and vocational Model 567 in an LNG configuration.”

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Above: Peterbilt's Model 579 To Be Available In LNG Configuration Summer of 2015

ABS Updates Guidance on LNG as Fuel & LNG Bunkering in North America

ABS announced yesterday it has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America. ABS noted the second edition of ABS’ Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America contains new advice to ship-owners and operators who may be looking to develop bunkering infrastructure in response to new emissions regulations and showcase their environmental stewardship.

“As the demand for LNG-fueled vessels and the supporting infrastructure continues to grow, ABS continues to offer the industries we serve with up-to-date information derived from the latest projects and our intimate knowledge of the evolving regulatory landscape in North America,” said Patrick Janssens, ABS’ Vice President, Global Gas Solutions. “Both the marine and offshore industries are committed to using cleaner fuels, and we are committed to supporting our clients and members with that technical transition.”

The first edition of the report was published in March 2014. According to ABS major updates in the second edition include important lessons learned from first adopters of LNG-fueled vessels and LNG bunkering projects, a ‘project roadmap’ guide of the associated regulatory, stakeholder and technical issues and an in depth port directory highlighting ongoing projects and local development processes.

“This report captures our diverse practical knowledge in the gas sector and many of the lessons learned since our first edition a year ago. It is a valuable tool to those companies considering using or supplying LNG for fuel,” Roy Bleiberg, Director of Global Gas Solutions at ABS, said. “While it may not be suitable for everyone, LNG should be considered as a fuel source by all industry. It’s not only suitable for companies interested in the potential economic benefits or those whose ships will be trading in emissions control areas; it is also for those companies who are keen to establish and promote their environmental stewardship.”

The report is available for download in PDF format here: The second edition of ABS’ Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America

Wärtsilä launches new series of LNG Carrier designs

Wärtsilä announced today the company is launching of a new series of LNG Carrier ship designs. Wärtsilä noted this series of designs is the latest addition to the company’s ship design portfolio and is an important part of Wärtsiläs strategic program under the theme "Taking Merchant Shipping into the Gas Age".

The series comprises four vessel designs, the WSD59 3K, WSD59 6.5K, WSD55 12K, and WSD50 20K, all of which have been developed in close cooperation with customers to produce vessels that are appropriate for the global LNG infrastructure and applicable for both ocean going and inland water operations. In each case, fuel economy, performance guarantees, optional versions to meet specific needs, and the flexibility to choose particular features and solutions have been emphasized according to Wärtsilä.

"Wärtsilä Ship Design has an extensive reference list dating back to 2003 for vessel designs for LNG fuelled ships. The experience and know-how that has been built up during these 15 years has been utilised to develop this latest series of world class designs for LNG Carriers. The entire concept of these designs is to enable the lowest possible fuel consumption, to allow owners to select the ship design that exactly meets their needs, and to provide shipyards with the most convenient and cost effective packages possible," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The new designs have been developed at the Wärtsilä Ship Design offices in China and Poland. They will be featured at the CMA Shipping conference and exhibition being held March 23 - 25 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

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Above: The new series of LNG Carrier ship designs consists of four vessel designs. Image: Wärtsilä

New Baltic Sea ferry to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines

Wärtsilä Corporation a new fast ropax ferry ordered by the Estonia based Tallink Grupp for its Tallinn - Helsinki route, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines running primarily on LNG. Wärtsilä noted the ship is to be built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and is scheduled to be in operation from the beginning of 2017. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in February.

Wärtsilä's stated their dual-fuel engine technology with LNG used as the main fuel will mean the ship will comply with the International Maritime Organization's latest sulphur emissions legislation which came into force in January 2015. The Baltic Sea is designated as a Sulphur Emissions Control Area.  

The full scope of supply includes three 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF main engines, as well as two Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers and propeller shaft lines. The equipment will be delivered to the yard in early 2016.

"The ferry will operate at fairly high speed and to very tight schedules. It is, therefore, important to the customer that the main engine propulsion is highly efficient and extremely reliable. Wärtsilä's extensive track record is proof of our ability to meet these criteria. At the same time, we are the leading supplier of gas fuelled solutions to the marine industry and this was another reason for being awarded this important contract," says Mika Ojutkangas, General manager, Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The new 212 metre long ferry will have a gross tonnage of 49,000 and will carry 2800 passengers.

The engine can be run on either natural gas, light fuel oil, or heavy fuel oil, and can switch between fuels whilst operating.

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Above: The new fast ropax ferry ordered by AS Tallink Grupp for its Tallinn - Helsinki route, will feature Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Image: Wärtsilä

New Order for GFS Corp LNG Truck Conversion Systems to Arch Coal's Black Thunder Mine

Arch Coal's Black Thunder Mine located in Wright, Wyoming, has placed and order for 10 EVO-MT 9300 LNG Conversion Systems for installation on Komatsu 930E haul trucks according to a Gaseous Fuel Systems (GFS Corp) statement released today. GFS Corp designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy-duty diesel engines to operate on combination of natural gas and diesel fuel.

The order is part of Arch Coal's ongoing program to assess the benefits of using LNG in their mining operations. The EVO-MT® Systems will be configured for use with either Cummins or MTU engines according to GFS.

The newly converted Komatsu 930E haul trucks will join Arch's existing fleet of LNG-powered Komatsu 830E units that have been in operation at the Black Thunder Mine since January of 2014.

GFS expects to have the project fully completed by the second quarter 2015 and is currently working with Arch Coal to develop NG+D® solutions for other applications including additional haul truck models as well as other diesel-powered surface mining equipment.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Arch Coal and are excited that they have chosen GFS Corp as a technology and service partner in their ongoing effort to reduce operating costs and improve sustainability" said Jason Green, President. "We look forward to working with Arch Coal and the outstanding team at Black Thunder Mine as they significantly expand their LNG conversion project."

Damen Shipyards Group launches LNG powered Damen EcoLiner

Damen Shipyards Group announced today that in February they launched an LNG powered Damen EcoLiner inland shipping tanker at its Romanian yard. The EcoLiner will deliver much-needed fuel economy for inland shipping operators while at the same time cutting emissions according to a Damen Shipyards Group statement.

Damen noted the EcoLiner design combines conventional, proven engineering with sustainable innovations, including the world’s first installations of the ACES Air-Lubricated Hull, a gas-electrical shaft propulsion system and one of the first Van der Velden® FLEX Tunnel installations. The vessel dramatically reduces fuel costs by up to 25% according to Damen.

Damen recently completed comprehensive tank testing of the new design at research institute MARIN. Simon Provoost, Product Director Inland Waterway Transport at Damen Shipyards said, “After successfully testing at MARIN, we can now complete the build in the Netherlands and we’re talking with a number of interested parties. Fuel accounts for a very large proportion of inland shipping costs, so if operators can save 20% or more, that generates a lot of interest.”

According to Damen the first EcoLiner will be delivered as a tanker, however the modular design can be built to transport any commodity, including containers and dry bulk. The complete LNG installation, including tanks with bunker capacity of approximately 45 m3 LNG, is located aft of the accommodation, ensuring that the configuration forward of the cofferdam can be entirely tailored to customer-specific requirements.

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Image: Damen Shipyards Group

Shell, Harvey Gulf Partner on LNG Powered Offshore Supply Vessel

Shell announced yesterday working with Harvey Gulf International they have put in service an LNG powered offshore supply vessel which will bring supplies to many of Shell’s Gulf of Mexico assets, such as the new Olympus platform.

The vessel, chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine, will run on both Liquefied Natural Gas and diesel. Shell stated two more LNG fuelled vessels are expected to follow.

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Above: The ‘Harvey Energy’ is 302 foot long and operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. It will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before refueling. It will load from Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at their terminal at Port Fourchon. Port Fourchon is Louisiana’s southernmost port, with more than 600 oil and gas drilling rigs and platforms located within a 40-mile radius. From there the ‘Harvey Energy’ will go to Shell’s platforms, such as the new Olympus production platform, bringing equipment and drilling fluids. Image: Shell 

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Above: Marlon Reyes Granados, Business Development Advisor Downstream LNG, Shell, Chad Verret, Executive Vice President Alaska and LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf, Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas, Shell, Christopher Hogan, Business Development Advisor Downstream LNG, Shell Image: Shell

“Shell is delighted to be the customer of this innovative vessel,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water, Shell Upstream Americas. “It is a pleasure to partner with Harvey Gulf on this pioneering project. Shell’s investment underlines our confidence in LNG becoming a bigger part of the global fuel mix.”

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Above: Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas, Shell, Chad Verret, Executive Vice President Alaska and LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf Image: Shell

Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas, added, “I’m pleased to see this first-of-its-kind vessel operating in North America. Shell continues to look in to the commercial opportunity of supplying LNG fuel to customers in the region – both marine and road transport customers.”

Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO and Chairman, Shane Guidry, noted, “Harvey Gulf is excited to share these historical maritime events with Shell, The ‘Harvey Energy’ and her sister ships exemplify Harvey Gulf’s commitment to Shell and our customers to bring the best available environmentally friendly technology to the market. We understand the environmental regulatory issues facing our customers and this new build program’s focus has been to work closely with them to address and mitigate these issues.”

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