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Jensen Develops Two New LNG Bunker Barge Concepts

Crowley Maritime Corp. a subsidiary Jensen Maritime announced yesterday the development of two new, LNG bunker barge concepts.

The first concept involves outfitting an existing barge with an above-deck LNG tank. The concept can be further modified to accommodate more than one type of product, if a customer has a need for multiple liquid transfers. According to Crowley advantages of this design include a fast turnaround and a reduced need to invest in specialized assets if a customer has short-term LNG requirements.

The second concept is for a purpose-built, new bunker barge. Offering greater carrying capacity and improved visibility, the design features a larger LNG tank that is nestled inside of the barge. This new barge will also feature the latest safety features and efficiencies.

“We understand that customers have very different needs when it comes to LNG,” said Johan Sperling, vice president. “Whether LNG is required for the long or short term, or in larger or smaller quantities, Jensen has a bunkering solution. We are proud to continue leading the way with LNG marine solutions.”

Crowley noted bunker barges offer an innovative solution for the maritime industry, which is currently struggling with the decision over which to develop first – LNG infrastructure or vessels. These barges are an ideal resource for those who have LNG needs at ports not located near an LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation.

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Clean Energy Fuels Q2 2015 LNG delivered decreases compared to Q2 2014

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. yesterday announced operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Total gallons of LNG delivered for the second quarter of 2015 decreased 3.83 % to 17.6 million gallons, compared to 18.3 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago.

Total gallons of LNG delivered for the six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 2.51 % to 35.9 million gallons, compared to 35.0 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago.

Total gallons delivered for the second quarter of 2015 increased 15% to 74.4 million gallons, compared to 64.8 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago. Gallons delivered for the six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 21% to 149.6 million gallons, compared to 124.1 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago.

Clean Energy Fuels defines “gallons delivered” as its gallons of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG), along with its gallons associated with providing operations and maintenance services, delivered to its customers during the applicable period.

The table below shows gallons delivered for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015:

    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
Gallons Delivered (in millions)   2014   2015   2014   2015
CNG   43.5   54.9   82.9   107.3
LNG   18.3   17.6   35.0   35.9
RNG   3.0   1.9   6.2   6.4
Total   64.8   74.4   124.1   149.6

Totem Ocean to partner with Keppel for conversion of the Midnight Sun to LNG

Totem Ocean Trailer Express announced yesterday that it has signed a contract with Keppel Shipyard Ltd for the conversion of the Midnight Sun to dual fuel liquefied natural gas propulsion. The work will begin in December and is expected to be completed in 90 days according to Totem Ocean.

Totem Ocean  noted once complete, the Midnight Sun will emit fewer air and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions of particulate matter by 91 percent, NOx by 100 percent, SOx by 90 percent and carbon dioxide by 35 percent.   Her sister ship, the North Star, is expected to be converted in the 2016/2017 time frame.

“Totem Ocean is excited to partner with Keppel for the conversion of the Midnight Sun, enabling her to operate on natural gas” stated John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean. “The removal and replacement of the four engines, adding 2,200 cubic meters of LNG capacity along with the addition of 47 kilometers of new cabling is a complex undertaking, and we are confident that Keppel will provide safe, timely, high-quality work to ensure the best outcome for Totem Ocean and our customers.”

Mr Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel Offshore & Marine, said, “We are happy to start a new partnership with Totem Ocean who has entrusted us with the conversion of their first RO/RO vessel to run on both diesel and natural gas. Due to natural gas’ cleaner burning properties, more and more vessel owners are choosing to have their ships powered by LNG. Leveraging our strong track record and experience in ship modification and conversion work, Keppel is well positioned to capture this growing market to meet the industry’s needs for environmentally friendly solutions.”

Puget Sound Energy, in partnership with Totem Ocean and the Port of Tacoma, has plans to construct an LNG liquefaction terminal at the Port that will serve Totem Ocean, residents of Puget Sound and the broader transportation industry in the Pacific Northwest. This facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus converts to renewable natural gas

The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus announced today that it has become one of the country’s first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to renewable natural gas. Earlier this year Big Blue Bus modified its agreement with Clean Energy Fuels to transition the supply of LNG for its fleet to Clean Energy’s Redeem™ renewable LNG.   

Redeem™ is harvested from landfills. The gas has historically been burned off into the atmosphere. The gas is now harvested through a series of membranes implanted in the ground of landfills. With the announcement, Big Blue Bus also unveiled a new Bus ad campaign called “Bigger, Bluer, Skies” to emphasize the lower emissions and sustainability of this type of fuel.

Big Blue Bus has been fueling its LNG and CNG fleet of motor coaches with fuel supplied by Clean Energy since 2012. “City Council has voiced its support for non-fracked, sustainable sources of fuel, and Redeem™ delivers a fuel made entirely of waste; a more sustainable product at an equal cost. This makes Big Blue Bus’s partnership with Clean Energy to use the Redeem™ fuel a win-win solution,” said Big Blue Bus’s Transit Director, Ed King.

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LNG Fueled Ferry Commissioned in Matane, Quebec

In a statement released yesterday Gaz Métro expressed approval of the official commissioning of the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, the first ferry to run on liquefied natural gas in North America. It is also the first ship of any kind to run on LNG in Canada.

Following an agreement concluded in 2013, Gaz Métro, through its subsidiary Gaz Métro LNG L.P., was chosen as the LNG supplier to fuel three new Société des traversiers du Québec ferries, including the NM F.-A.-Gauthier.  The ship is replacing the NM Camille-Marcoux for the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout ferry service. The two other ships will be assigned to the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine crossing.

“LNG motors are a proven technology widely used for many years in road and maritime transport worldwide, particularly in Europe. "It's extraordinary that this major first is happening here in Québec, and Gaz Métro is very proud to be a part of it," highlighted Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro.

Gaz Métro noted by choosing natural gas as the fuel for its new admiral-ship, the Société des traversiers du Québec is reaching an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector and paving the way for local ship-owners to use a proven, high-performance and cleaner technology. Gaz Métro pointed out the use of liquefied natural gas makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared with marine diesel, in addition to almost completely eliminating fine particle emissions and other air pollutants. LNG motors are also quieter and produce less vibration, which is more respectful of marine life. 

GE Capital, Canada and Gaz Métro to Accelerate Natural Gas in Trucking

GE Capital, Canada and Gaz Métro Transport Solutions, a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, announced today the signing of a strategic agreement that will facilitate the trucking industry's adoption of natural gas as a fuel in Eastern Canada. GE Capital has been providing wholesale and retail financing to the country's commercial trucking sector for 35 years.

Under this agreement, fleet operators will work with Gaz Métro Transport Solutions for natural gas supply and purchase and, separately, with GE Capital to secure loans or leases for natural gas vehicles. NGVs that are eligible under this agreement use either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas.

"As someone with nearly a decade of experience in the transportation industry, I understand how critical it is for fleet operators to reduce their fuel costs. To remain competitive, they need to cut 3%-5% annually just to keep up with the market," said Véronique Haché, strategic initiative leader for natural gas vehicles at GE Capital. "Transitioning to natural gas is a smart way to diversify their fuel portfolios and reduce those costs. Through this agreement, we're giving trucking company leaders the financial motivation to make the shift from diesel to nat-gas."

"This agreement reinforces GMTS's turn-key approach by adding a financial partner to accompany the fleet operators in their transition to natural gas," said Luc Génier, president of the board of directors of GMTS. "We are confident that combining our respective expertise will have a positive effect on the adoption of natural gas as a fuel for the trucking industry in Eastern Canada."

LITGAS and Statoil prepare joint venture to enter the Baltic Sea small scale LNG market

LITGAS and Statoil have signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday in Vilnius, Lithuania regarding establishment of a joint venture company in Lithuania to develop small scale LNG bunkering services.

The new joint venture company is planned to be established in Lithuania later this year and would supply LNG as a fuel to ships, small terminals in the Baltic Sea, and transport LNG by trucks to on-shore customers.

"This marks an important milestone in Lithuania’s energy industry and will enable LITGAS to diversify its activities internationally", General Manager of LITGAS Dominykas Tuckus said. “Increased usage of the Klaipeda terminal will help to reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs incurred by the Lithuanian and Baltic gas consumers and position Klaipeda as an important hub in the Baltic LNG market".

LITGAS noted the joint venture company would be well positioned to supply this growing market due to convenient logistical setup capturing one of the shortest supply chains in the region and operational flexibility. The joint venture company is expected to start its small scale supply operations in the Q4 of 2017 or sooner.

Securing vessel capacity is an important prerequisite for the joint venture company and dialogue has been initiated with shipping companies with the aim to secure vessel capacity from the time the joint venture company becomes operational and received the final regulatory approvals.

"We believe that the small scale LNG market in the Baltic Sea has the potential to become commercially attractive business opportunity. The combined competencies of the two companies put the joint venture in a position to successfully develop this market and contribute to the usage of environmentally cleaner fuel in the Baltic region. Naturally, all relevant regulatory and corporate approvals will need to be obtained prior to the final investment decision.” Geir Heitmann, Chief Origination Officer, LNG, Statoil, said.

The possibility to cooperate on joint development of small scale LNG bunkering services was identified in a 5-year supply contract signed by LITGAS and Statoil in August 2014.

Chart Industries Completes Acquisition of Thermax

Chart Industries announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of vaporizer manufacturer Thermax, Inc. Thermax will be operated as part of Chart’s Distribution & Storage business segment.

Thermax, headquartered in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is a provider of cryogenic fluid vaporizers utilized in industrial gas, petro-chemical, and liquefied natural gas applications.  The product portfolio spans ambient and powered vaporizer solutions.  Thermax’s international presence includes business in the United Kingdom, China, and Indonesia.

“Now that the acquisition has been completed, we are pleased to welcome Bob Bernert, President of Thermax, his management team and all current employees to Chart and look forward to integrating the business into the existing Chart D&S family,” commented Tom Carey, President of Chart D&S.  He continued, “We are confident that the combination of Chart’s and Thermax’s excellence in cryogenic engineering and customer service will deliver growth and add even more value to our customers.”

Rolls-Royce completes LNG retrofit of Bergen Viking

The Rolls-Royce powered Bergen Viking has returned to service following a successful conversion from diesel-electric to Liquefied Natural Gas electric propulsion Rolls-Royce noted in a statement today.

The retrofit replaced four of the ship’s original six diesel generating sets with two Rolls-Royce Bergen C6 generating sets. The LNG fuel containment system and control system is delivered by two off 155m³ fuel tanks configured for redundant propulsion, with crossover options both on bunkering and supply lines.

Kjell Olav Haugland, Managing Director of Bergen Tankers, said: “We are delighted to take over a renewed and more environmental friendly vessel. Our fleet sails along the long and beautiful Norwegian coast, and visit several ports every day, reducing emissions is an obligation we take very seriously. With the Bergen Viking returning to service we are also looking forward to significant savings in operational costs.”

The Bergen Viking is a 95 metre long chemical and product tanker, owned by Bergen Tankers supplying diesel and petrol along the Norwegian coastline in trade for Statoil. Delivered in 2007, the vessel is part of a total fleet of six vessels owned by Bergen Tankers AS.

John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President - Commercial Marine, said: “The Bergen Viking project demonstrates that LNG is an option not just for new vessels but can be successfully retrofitted into existing ships to deliver significant economic and environmental benefits for owners.”

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Image: Rolls-Royce 

AS Tallink Group loan agreement for LNG powered fast ferry

AS Tallink Group announced today it has signed the loan agreement for a new LNG powered fast ferry

AS Tallink Grupp's subsidiary Tallink Line Ltd. and Nordea Bank Finland Plc have signed the loan agreement in the amount of EUR 184 million to finance the new EUR 230 million LNG powered fast ferry currently under construction in Meyer Turku shipyard. 

The loan is arranged by Nordea Bank and Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera” guarantees 95 per cent of this post-delivery buyer credit for which Finnvera’s subsidiary, Finnish Export Credit Ltd, has provided long term financing. 

The loan is secured by the mortgage on the new vessel and the corporate guarantee of AS Tallink Grupp. This OECD-term export credit loan will be drawn on the delivery of the vessel, expected at the beginning of 2017 and has the final maturity of twelve years from the drawdown. The loan bears OECD Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR) based fixed interest rate.

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Image: Meyer Turku

The new ferry will be about 212 metres in length with a gross tonnage of 49 000. The ship will operate on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn and she is planned to carry 2800 passengers.


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