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Crowley Takes Delivery of Louisiana, Third Jones Act Tanker with LNG Capability

Crowley Maritime took delivery today of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company.   Louisiana joins sister ships Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval. The approval allows Crowley to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas propulsion in the future.

Louisiana, which is 50,000 dead-weight-tons is scheduled to be christened in New Orleans on May 5. Crowley’s fourth product tanker is under construction and delivery is planned for third quarter 2016 according to a company statement.

“The Louisiana’s delivery continues to enhance the services we are able to provide to our petroleum customers,” said Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “We celebrate new tonnage and the advanced technology, but most important to us and to our customers are the highly trained men and women of Crowley who are committed to transporting their fuel in the safest, most reliable way possible.” 

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Image: Crowley Maritime 

Strategic Marine Contract For Two LNG Powered Catamarans

TRIYARDS Holdings Limited through its subsidiary, Strategic Marine announced yesterday that it has secured a new contract with Royal Doeksen for the construction of two LNG powered aluminum catamarans. The new contracts are worth 44 million Euro according to a company statement.

Developed by BMT Nigel Gee from Southampton, the two RoPax ferries will feature new single-fuel LNG propulsion system.  The eco-friendly ferries are designed to carry up to 600 passengers and 64-cars while meeting stringent emissions requirements. Construction is set to begin this summer with delivery scheduled for 2Q 2018.

Strategic Marine’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Schiller, said: “We foresee an increased focus in the environmental aspects of marine transportation and LNG emerging as the fuel of choice for vessels and ferries. Our focus on the large ferry market is beginning to reap the desired results with this recent win, as we continue to focus on the vertical product chain for aluminum vessels.”

Stena signs contract for four new RoPax ferries

Stena announced today the company has signed a contract, subject to Board approval by the end of April, for an order of four new RoPax ferries with planned delivery during 2019 and 2020, with an option for another four vessels. The vessels will be built by AVIC Shipyard in China. The intention is that the four initial vessels will be used within Stena Lines route network in Northern Europe.

According to Stena the vessels will have a capacity of more than 3 000 lane meters in a drive-through configuration and will accommodate about 1 000 passengers and offer a full range of passenger services. The main engines will be “gas ready”, prepared to be fueled by either methanol or LNG.

“We are very pleased that Stena have signed a contract for four vessels with an option for another four. During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years. These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades”, says Carl-Johan Hagman, Managing Director of Stena Line.

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Above Image Source: Stena 

LNG Engine Set on New Crowley ConRo Ship

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced the recent setting of the main engine onto El Coquí, the first of two new, Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas for use in the ocean cargo trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.

“This state-of-the-art engine technology will add efficiency while continuing to reduce impacts on the environment, one of Crowley’s top priorities,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.

The engine was placed using a series of heavy lifts by 500-ton cranes in the shipyard of VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., where El Coquí (ko-kee) and sister ship, Taíno (tahy-noh), are under construction.  The engine has a total weight of 759 metric tons and measures 41 feet high, 41 feet in length, and 14.7 feet wide.

“Customers will not only be able to experience the same reliable and dedicated service they have with Crowley today, but also will have the added benefit of lower emissions once these two ships join the Crowley fleet,” said Jose “Pache” Ayala, Crowley vice president, Puerto Rico. “Crowley is making a significant investment in the Puerto Rico trade to provide faster transit times while continuing with the ability to carry and deliver the containers, rolling cargo and refrigerated equipment our customers count on.”

According to Crowley these Commitment Class, Jones Act ships are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots while maximizing the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.

Above Video Source: Crowley Maritime Corporation

IVECO delivers 10 Stralis trucks powered by LNG to the SMET group

IVECO announced yesterday it has delivered the first 10 Stralis trucks powered by LNG to the SMET group.  The three-year agreement signed between IVECO and SMET provides for the delivery of a total of 330 vehicles, 25% of which will be powered by LNG according to an IVECO statement. The first ten vehicles were presented during the ceremony which was held on March 14th, 2016.

Vehicles subject to the delivery fueled by LNG are equipped with IVECO Cursor 8 engine C-LNG Euro VI with 330 HP and equipped with a cryogenic LNG tank of 510 liters. 

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Image Source: Iveco

Chart names Kenneth J. Webster as Chief Financial Officer

Chart Industries announced yesterday that Kenneth J. Webster has been named Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.  Webster succeeds retiring CFO Michael F. Biehl who will remain at Chart through April 15th.  Webster becomes CFO effective April 15th.  Webster joined Chart in 2006 and currently serves as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Controller, a position he has held since 2008.  

“I have great confidence in Ken, given his demonstrated track record and deep appreciation and understanding of Chart’s organization and business.  I look forward to his continuing contributions as he takes on more responsibility.  Michael has developed a strong team during his tenure, which will ensure a smooth transition and continuity in the CFO role.  We wish Michael all the best as he retires from Chart,” commented Sam Thomas, Chart’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.     

In addition, Chart announced that Mary C. Cook has been named Chief Accounting Officer & Controller effective April 15th, expanding her responsibilities from her current role as Assistant Corporate Controller, in which she has served since joining Chart in 2012. 

Matheson Trucking Postal Services Division New CNG-LNG Tractors

Matheson Trucking, Inc. announced today it has added 25 new CNG and 12 LNG tractors to its fleet as part of a companywide clean energy expansion program on routes served by the Matheson Postal Services Division. Matheson Postal Services is a contract carrier for the United States Postal Service.

The company introduced 12 LNG Kenworth T880 day cabs inOakland, California. in January and has completed the deployment of 17 CNG Kenworth T680's inBoise, Idaho. Matheson is in the process of taking delivery of eight additional CNG T680 sleeper cabs for its Los Angeles toSeattle runs. 

The CNG tractors destined forBoise include five, three-axle sleepers; 10, three-axle day cabs, and two, single-axle day cabs. These tractors pull a mix of trailers inBoise, with most in the 53-foot long category, used to transport U.S. Postal Service mail along designated routes.

“With annual fleet distances driven totaling nearly 36 million miles, combining peak and non-peak times, we continue to search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and GHG emissions to enhance the environment," according toDebra White, vice president, Information Technology and Fleet Maintenance for Matheson Trucking, Inc.  "We're not doing this just to meet EPA clean air and state emissions standards, it's the right thing to do."

Last March and April, Matheson has also acquired 22 fuel-efficient diesel Kenworth T680 sleepers for use inSeattle, WA, and is currently deploying 24 additional diesel Kenworth T680 sleepers for use on a variety of the firm'sSalt Lake City routes – for a total of 46 new diesel tractors purchased in 2015.

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Above: One of 12 new Green, fuel-efficient Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Kenworth T880 Day Cab tractors being added to Matheson's 262 truck fleet nationwide. The new LNG tractors will be used to transport U.S. Mail by the Matheson Postal Services Division. (PRNewsFoto/Matheson Trucking, Inc.)

Rolls-Royce to supply LNG propulsion package for cargo carrier

Rolls-Royce announced today it has signed a US$6.5 million contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. The contract is to supply a LNG propulsion package for a cargo carrier designed by NSK Ship Design for Norwegian shipowner NSK Shipping. The vessel will deliver fish food on behalf of BioMar Group.

The new cargo carrier will be a slightly larger sister ship to NSK Shipping’s MS Høydal which is a LNG powered cargo vessel and which was delivered from Tersan Shipyard in 2012. Both ships are designed by NSK Ship Design

The 81.5m long vessel will be able to carry 2.700 tonnes of fish food to fish farms along the Norwegian coast.

Kristian Høydal, NSK Shipping, Managing Director said: “We are proud to be trusted once again by BioMar to deliver their finished product to the fish farming industry and to be able to work with Rolls-Royce on the delivery of a more environmentally friendly and effective LNG powered vessel.”

According to Rolls-Royce the LNG propulsion system comprises one eight cylinder Bergen C26:33 natural gas engine rated at 2160kW, Promas combined rudder and propeller system, one tunnel thruster in the bow and one in the aft, and a Rolls-Royce automation and DP system.

Kjartan Karlsen, NSK Ship Design, Managing Director stated that: “We are thrilled that our designs have contributed to the use of LNG in powering cargo vessels, therefore reducing carbon footprints. We commend NSK Shipping and Rolls Royce for being at the helm of a more sustainable industry.”

The vessel is also equipped with the Rolls-Royce hybrid shaft generator (HSG) propulsion system. This means the main engine also generates electricity for the ship. The Hybrid Shaft Generator will generate electrical power for the ship even if the engine power output varies, saving fuel. The HSG can also act as a propulsion motor (PTI) providing an alternative power source should LNG becomes unavailable – a prerequisite for class approval according to Rolls-Royce.

The new cargo carrier is expected to be delivered from the yard in 2017.

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Image: Rolls-Royce 

Clean Energy Fuels Results for Q4 and year end 2015

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. yesterday reported the company delivered 78.3 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2015, an 8.1% increase from 72.4 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015 the company delivered 308.5 million gallons, a 16.4% increase from 265.1 million gallons delivered in the year ended December 31, 2014. Clean Energy defines “gallons” as gallons of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and renewable natural gas. The company delivered 70.5 Million gallons of LNG in 2015 compared to 70.3 million gallons in 2014.   In the last three months of 2015 16.5 million gallons of LNG were delivered compared to 17.3 million gallons in the same time period in 2014

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $119.3 million, a 9.7% decrease from $132.1 million of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $384.3 million, a 10.4% decrease from $428.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Revenue of $36.6 million from incremental volumes partially offset the decline in revenue.

Clean Energy stated the revenue decreases in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 were primarily due to the lower cost of natural gas, continued softness in the Company’s global compressor business due to low oil prices and a strong U.S. dollar, and less construction revenue caused by the type and timing of completed projects.

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