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Titan LNG supply contract with Tank Service Pernis

Titan LNG announced yesterday the signing of an LNG supply contract with Tank Service Pernis (TSP). Titan LNG will provide TSP with 11.5 GWh/year of LNG from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam. "We are very pleased that Tank Services Pernis has chosen Titan LNG as their LNG supply partner as this is our first client in our home market.“, says Niels den Nijs, Titan LNG, commercial director.

TSP is already equipped with an LNG-plant. The LNG fires an industrial steam boiler. “LNG enables a pipeline independent and reliable gas supply for us. Compared to our old Heating Oil usage we are reducing our energy costs and emissions significantly, which has a positive influence on the environment”, commented Terry de Mello, SHEQ - Manager TSP.

Tank Service Pernis is a logistic service provider, specialized in cleaning and repair of food and chemical tank containers. TSP is part of the Belgian Begoos group, which operates on two locations in the Netherlands.

Titan LNG is a supplier of full-service LNG solutions to the industrial and shipping sectors in Germany, the Benelux, Austria, and Switzerland. 

Ryder fleet of natural gas vehicles surpassing 30 million miles

Ryder announced today it has achieved a milestone with its fleet of natural gas vehicles surpassing 30 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission domestically produced natural gas.

“We continue to see demand for natural gas vehicles from businesses looking to reduce costs and advance the environmental sustainability of their fleets,” said Ryder President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Dennis Cooke. “When companies outsource to Ryder, they get the benefits of our extensive experience operating and maintaining natural gas fleets, so they can reduce risk, maximize performance and speed return on investment.”

In addition to making natural gas vehicles available for rent or lease, Ryder’s “Flex-to-Green Lease” solution is designed to ease the transition to a greener fleet. Businesses that opt for Ryder’s Flex-to-Green Lease start out with a diesel-powered vehicle and then have the option to convert to a natural gas vehicle at any time following the first full year of the lease. Flex-to-Green customers enjoy all the maintenance and service benefits of a standard Ryder Full Service Lease, which may include substitute vehicles during unexpected downtime.

Ryder currently operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations. Ryder also offers LNG fueling at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.

Below images: LNG fuel station in Orange, California. 

LNG fuel station in Orange, California.

LNG fuel station in Orange, California.


LNG to Become Available as Fuel in New York State

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens announced today New York's environment will benefit under the nation's most stringent new regulations that will make liquefied natural gas available to fuel trucks and for other purposes.  The adopted regulations enable permits to be granted to safely site, construct and operate new LNG facilities under requirements established in a DEC permit. As a result, LNG will be available to haulers as a cleaner burning alternative to diesel fuel according to a DEC statement.

"New York's new regulations provide the most comprehensive program to safely site, build and operate LNG facilities in the country. By requiring an environmental and safety review for each new facility, New York's environment and economy will benefit from safely providing liquefied natural gas vehicles opportunities to fill up in the State," said Commissioner Martens. "Natural gas is cleaner to burn and LNG provides an efficient way to store the fuel for those who normally use, or would like to begin using, natural gas for space heating or other uses."

DEC noted projections indicate that for the first five years, nearly all of the expected permit applications will be for facilities designed to supply fuel for long-haul tractor trailers and large capacity fleet trucks that use LNG as a substitute for diesel fuel.

The LNG program will include:

Evaluation of each permit application on its own merits taking into consideration the proposed location of the facility and tanks and additional siting criteria in the regulation.

Compliance with the siting requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, which address setbacks, evacuation issues, and tank capacities;

Reviews of the capabilities and preparedness of local fire departments; and

Adoption of permit conditions, such as enhancing local response capabilities and greater setbacks, or denial of applications as necessary to ensure safe operation.

The rulemaking sets standards for facilities that store LNG or convert LNG back into a gas for use as fuel. Facility designs must be certified by an independent third party to be in conformance with the standards of the NFPA. These standards have been in wide use nationally and internationally for decades.

DEC's approach under the new regulations, will also require site inspections, training of local fire department personnel, the closing of out-of-service LNG storage tanks and prompt spill reporting. The regulations will not change the existing statutory moratorium which prohibits new LNG facilities within New York City.

DEC proposed the regulations in September 2013 and received over 57,000 submissions during the public comment period last year. In response to comments received, DEC issued a revised proposed rule on November 12, 2014 that limits the total amount of LNG that can be stored at a permitted LNG facility to 70,000 gallons to address concerns about the safety of large facilities. During the public comment period that followed, ending on December 4, 2014, DEC received approximately 60 comments.

The final rule making documents, including the Assessment of Public Comment, are available on DEC's website.

EU will co-finance construction of LNG tank and bunker in Denmark

The EU's TEN-T Programme will co-finance with over €1 million a pilot construction of the first LNG tank and bunker at the Port of Hirtshals in Denmark according to a EU Innovation and Networks Executive Agency statement. If the pilot is successful, a larger LNG bunker will be developed to supply both marine and road transport with cleaner and cheaper fuel.

European Regulations require the shipping sector to reduce marine sulphur emissions in the North Sea to 0.1% as of January 2015. One of the ways for the sector to reach this goal is to use cleaner fuels, such as LNG. The TEN-T programme puts forward the obligation to provide publicly accessible LNG refuelling facilities in all core European ports by 2030.

As the first such initiative in Denmark and one of the first in Europe, this project will develop a 200 tonne/500 m3 pilot LNG storage tank and bunkering facility, with the perspective to develop it into a larger one of 3000-5000 m3. The new facilities will provide LNG for ships both within and outside the EU, as well as regional consumers including road transport.

The project's outcomes are expected to serve as best practice to other ports in northern Europe and encourage consumers switch to alternative fuel with reduced environmental impact. It will also be the first step towards creating a robust LNG supply infrastructure in the region.

The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Decarbonisation / Oil substitution or environmental cost reduction'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency. The project is to be completed by 30 June 2015.

Keel Laying Ceremony Crowley’s LNG Powered Ships

Crowley announced yesterday the keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas powered, combination container Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction of Crowley’s first Commitment Class ship, which will exclusively serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane according to a company statement.

The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled by LNG. The Commitment Class, Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet in the South Atlantic trade, which has served the trade continuously and with distinction since the early 1970s.

“A long-standing tradition, the keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s construction,” said Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. “The keel forms the backbone of a ship and is the first part of the ship to be constructed. We at Crowley are very excited to begin the construction process for these technically advanced ships.”

VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula on October 22, 2014. The shipbuilder began to assemble the keel once enough steel pieces had been cut. With the first section set into place, the ship will now begin to take shape as it is built around the keel.

“This keel laying is a major milestone event in the construction schedule for the Crowley Commitment-Class program,” said Bill Skinner, chief executive officer, VT Halter Marine. “We are pleased that construction is underway for this very significant vessel. We are most grateful to our valued customer, Crowley, for their continued confidence in VT Halter Marine.”

Crowley noted the Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tons. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Roll-on/Roll-off garage. 

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image: Crowley

Rolande LNG BV awards Cryostar LNG station equipment contract

Cryostar SAS announced today it has reached an agreement to supply equipment for five new LNG and LCNG refueling stations to Giessen, Netherlands-based Rolande LNG BV. Cryostar noted it will install these stations in key locations in the Netherlands for Rolande during 2015.

With installation scheduled in 2015 in Utrecht, Nieuwegein, Geldermalsen, Veghel and Heteren, these five new stations form part of the European subsidy program TEN-T, in which Rolande LNG BV is participating. Cryostar noted this project is an important first step towards a broader international network of LNG refueling stations in North-West Europe.

Cryostar will equip the new stations with the latest technology, such as “on the fly” saturation, as well as its brand new measuring Instruments directive approved 2.0 LNG dispenser. The equipment will comply with all current regulations in the Netherlands, such as PGS33. In addition to these technologies, Cryostar LNG pump skids, control systems, and high pressure cryogenic pumps will complete the equipment package for the project.

GDF SUEZ LNG records its 1000th LNG truck loading in Europe

GDF SUEZ LNG announced today that on January 12th, 2015 its 1000th LNG truck loading in Europe at the Elengy terminal of Montoir-de-Bretagne on the western coast of France. The GDF SUEZ LNG truck loading activity started in 2013 in Europe and ramped up progressively to reach this 1000th loading.

GDF SUEZ is operating LNG truck loadings in Europe from three terminals (Montoir-de-Bretagne and Fos Tonkin in France and Zeebrugge in Belgium) and from the Everett terminal in Boston, Massachusetts. The Group intends to extend its loading activity to the Isle of Grain terminal in the UK, starting in the summer 2015.

Philip Olivier, CEO of GDF SUEZ LNG said “GDF SUEZ has been active in the LNG business since 1965 and is still today at the edge of innovation and new development in a growing market for LNG. Retail LNG, that includes LNG bunkering and LNG transported to off-grid customers, is today a very promising perspective for the LNG industry in Europe to the benefit of our customers and of the environment.”

The LNG is sold at the terminal gate. After being loaded into the trucks, the LNG is transported to industrial customers that are not connected to the natural gas grid. The services offered by GDF SUEZ LNG include an optimization of the loading slots for the customers and price engineering solutions through GDF SUEZ Trading desk.

In Europe, more than 10 companies are currently using the GDF SUEZ loading services, among which LNGeneration and LNG Solutions, subsidiaries of the Group. LNGeneration sells LNG to off-grid customers in Europe and LNG Solutions markets LNG as a fuel and develops LNG filling stations infrastructures for trucks and bunkering facilities for ships in the Netherlands.

Four marine vessels cited for not using cleaner fuel inside regulated California waters

This week the California Air Resources Board announced it has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the California coast.

“State anti-pollution laws require shippers to do their part to protect air quality,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Shippers who comply are helping to protect the health of those who live, work, and go to schools near ports and shipping lanes.  Many Californians don’t realize that diesel soot and other pollutants can also travel far inland to impact communities nowhere near the sea.  Our Ocean-Going Vessels Fuel Rule strives to protect residents throughout the state from the harmful impacts of ship pollution.”

Adopted in 2008, the Ocean-Going Vessels Fuel Rule was designed to reduce fine particulate pollution, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions from ocean-going vessels to improve air quality and public health in California.

The companies mentioned below were fined for either failing to switch to cleaner fuel within, regulated waters, or for switching fuels in an untimely manner.  They all took prompt action after being notified of the violations, and, under ARB’s supervision, are complying with state law.

•    Wealth Ocean Ship Management Co., Ltd. (China) - $27,750 Vessel name: Uni Auc One

•    China Shipping Container Lines (China) - $35,719 Vessel name: Xin Mei Zhou

•    Liberty One Ship Management (Germany) - $53,000 Vessel name: BBC Arizona

•    Kitaura Kaiun Co., Ltd. (Japan) - $30,250 Vessel name: Ocean Seagull

New Skangass LNG Bunker Vessel

Skangass announced today that it will make LNG more readily available as marine fuel in the Skagerrak, Kattegat and Baltic Sea by operating the Coralius, a new specialized bunker vessel.  Skangass has entered into a long-term agreement for the vessel, which will offer greater flexibility by operating as a ship-to-ship bunker vessel, as well as a feeder according to Skangass. The new bunker vessel will be ready in early 2017.

Skangass noted the company believes in the potential growth of LNG as fuel for the marine market. Consequently, the company has taken this step in developing the market by entering into a long-term charter for the 5.800 m3 bunker vessel Coralius.

The vessel will provide access to LNG bunkering to customers and limit the operational impact of calling a port in order to bunker. During the design phase, great emphasis has been placed on the ship’s systems for ship-to-ship operation to ensure that she is optimized to perform LNG bunkering offshore.

“Recently, we entered into our first ship-to-ship bunker contract with NEOT in Finland. Building the new vessel Coralius is the natural step for meeting this demand, and further developing our marine LNG supply chain. Although we already satisfy our marine clients’ needs by truck-to-ship and terminals-to-ship bunkering, we need to further develop the infrastructure. By doing so, we will also be in a much stronger position to meet steadily rising demand for LNG,” says Tor Morten Osmund Sen, CEO of Skangass.

Skangass stated Coralius will deliver LNG to marine clients in a flexible and safe way, offering excellent accessibility and high transfer rates to minimize bunker time. The building of Coralius is part of the Joint Industry Project FLEXI, which is one of the pilot projects included in Pilot LNG. The project is part of the collaboration platform Zero Vision Tool and it is co-funded by the EU.

Coralius will be built by the shipyard Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands. The vessel will be owned by the Swedish/Dutch joint venture Sirius Veder Gas AB and operated by Sirius Rederi AB of Sweden.

skangass LNG Bunker Vessel

Image: Skangass

FortisBC LNG trailer loading facility completed

GP Strategies Corporation announced today the company has recently completed the fabrication and construction of a new LNG trailer loading facility at the Mt. Hayes plant owned by FortisBC in Ladysmith, British Columbia. The Mt. Hayes LNG plant is designed to load LNG trailers at 1,100 to 1,500 liters (approximately 264 to 396 gallons) per minute and will increase LNG distribution to the province of British Columbia according to a GP Strategies statement.

"By adding trailer loading capacity to our Mt. Hayes LNG plant, FortisBC is responding to increased market demand for clean-burning LNG," said Doug Stout, Vice President, Market Development & External Relations at FortisBC. "This enhanced capacity provides our customers with greater certainty that LNG will be available to support their projects."