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Chart Acquires Hetsco

Chart Industries, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Chart Lifecycle, Inc. has acquired Hetsco, Inc., from Global Power Equipment Group, Inc. for approximately $22 million.  Chart noted the combined business will focus on extending equipment lifespan by offering services from installation/start-up, operations/maintenance, training/support, monitoring, process optimization, repair/maintenance and extended warranty. 

According to Chart the acquisition will bring a full suite of welding services for industrial gas and gas processing facilities including repair, specialty maintenance, construction/fabrication and safety services, with a particular focus on brazed aluminum heat exchangers. 

Formed in 1982, Hetsco provides emergency, specialty welding and construction services to the natural gas processing, petrochemical and air gas separation industries.   

BC Ferries natural gas-fuelled vessel arrives

BC Ferries announced today the Salish Orca, the first of three new Salish Class vessels built for BC Ferries, arrived in British Columbia today. The vessel reached B.C. waters this morning after a 50-day 10,440 nautical mile journey from Gdansk, Poland. The Salish Class vessels are BC Ferries’ first natural gas-fueled vessels.  The vessels are dual-fuel, so they can operate on natural gas or ultra-low sulphur marine diesel.

After Salish Orca clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, the vessel will be officially handed over to BC Ferries. Over the next couple of months, crews will be trained and familiarized in the operation of the new ship. After public open houses in Powell River and Comox, Salish Orca will start service on that route in the spring of 2017.

“The Salish Class vessels will provide us cost savings and efficiencies with standardized vessels and greater interoperability as well as enhance safety well into the future. They are very well built ships, which will serve our customers for many years to come.” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO.

The 107-metre Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. The vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots. Each ship is powered by three Wartsila 8L20DF engines. Gross tonnage of each ship is 8,728 tonnes. Salish Orca’s sister ships, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, are expected to arrive in B.C. this spring and will start service in the Southern Gulf Islands later this year. 

BC Ferries natural gas-fuelled vessel arrives



















Second jetty commissioned at Zeebrugge LNG terminal

Fluxys announced the Coral Energy became the first LNG carrier to berth at the second jetty at the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge. The second jetty at the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge was commissioned in late December following operational tests carried out over recent months.

Fluxys noted the second jetty at the LNG terminal has been designed for receiving the smallest LNG carriers with a capacity of 2,000 m3 up to large LNG vessels with a capacity of 217,000 m3. Some 200 loadings have already been booked at the second jetty for small LNG carriers under long-term contracts.

Fluxys pointed out bunkering vessels can now also berth at the terminal. Until now, this could only be done using LNG trailers which come to load at the terminal but are not ideal for supplying seagoing vessels due to their limited capacity. 

According the Fluxys the second jetty also enables the terminal to respond flexibly to demand for simultaneous or quickly successing berthings, as using both jetties allows two LNG carriers to be unloaded and/or loaded at the same time. 

Brittany Ferries letter of intent for LNG fuelled ship

Brittany Ferries announced this week it has signed a letter of intent with the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany to build a new ship powered by LNG.

Christophe Mathieu, CEO, Brittany Ferries said: "The signing of this letter of intent with the Flensburger shipyard is a concrete step towards the construction of a new generation of Brittany Ferries ships. Despite Brexit, we remain confident in our ability to continue to grow and modernise our route network, serving both tourism and trade in the regions of western Europe."

More than four in five people travelling on the French company's ships are British and more than 2.4 million passengers were carried in 2016. Brittany Ferries noted a final contract for the 1,680 passenger and 257 cabin vessel is expected to be signed in spring 2017, following which construction will start.

The new ship is expected to launch in 2019 on the Portsmouth­-Caen route which offers three daily return sailings. It will operate in tandem with popular cruise ferry, Mont St Michel, launched in 2002.

Brittany Ferries letter of intent for LNG fuelled ship

Image: Brittany Ferries

LNG powered hopper dredger launched

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on December 3rd, 2016 at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Royal IHC noted the dual-fuel (diesel and LNG) dredger has a ‘Green Passport’ and a ‘Clean Design’ notation, complying and exceeding with the strictest international emission requirements.

"The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon. “IHC had already started to investigate the integration of LNG into dredging vessels in 2012, enabling us to understand the challenges of this green solution. This gave us a solid basis to work from when DEME started its tender process, and helped us to materialise DEME’s preliminary design for two LNG-powered TSHDs. We are proud to have made a huge step forward in dredger design and to be able to limit the environmental impact of DEME’s vessels. We want to thank DEME for their close cooperation and for giving us the opportunity to build the world’s first LNG-powered hopper dredger.”

LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger

Viking Line Letter of Intent for LNG Fueled Passenger Vessel

Viking Line has signed a letter of intent with the Chinese company Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd for an LNG fueled passenger vessel to be delivered in the spring of 2020.

According to Viking Line the goal is to sign a final agreement during the spring of 2017. The total investment is about 190 million euros. The letter of intent also includes an option for an additional vessel.

“Our intention is for the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas. We have excellent experience with this from the M/S Viking Grace, the first large LNG-powered passenger vessel in the world. Great emphasis has been placed in the planning work on environmentally sound solutions, including new innovative energy-efficient applications” said Jan Hanses, Viking Line’s CEO.

The new vessel is planned to serve the Turku (Finland) Åland Islands (Finland)-Stockholm (Sweden) route. The vessel will be 218 meters in length and have a gross registered tonnage of 63,000 tonnes.

Passenger capacity will be 2,800 people, and the length of its cargo lanes will be 1,500 meters. Viking Line will hire Scandinavian architects for the interior design. 

Viking Line LNG

Image: Viking Line

Pasha Hawaii Announces Order for Two New LNG Fueled Containerships

Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced yesterday that the company has narrowed its selection to two U.S. shipyards for the construction of two new LNG fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Contract specifications are expected to be finalized by the end of the month, with the final selection decision anticipated in January 2017 per a company statement.

Details for the vessel order outline a shipping capacity of 3,400 twenty-foot equivalent units including 500 45-foot containers and 400 refrigerated containers, and a sailing speed of 23 knots. Delivery of the first vessel is expected mid-2019, with delivery of the second vessel to come in early 2020.

“Since entering the Hawaii shipping business in 2005, Pasha Hawaii has made and will continue to make significant capital investments to support our expanding customer base and the local business community as a whole,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO.

Skangas completes first full LNG bunkering of Fure West tanker

Skangas announced today the product tanker M/T Fure West was bunkered with LNG for the first time since its conversion to a triple fuel system. The bunker operation took place at the Skangas LNG terminal in the Port of Risavika near Stavanger. Skangas noted Fure West is the first vessel within the Gothia Tanker Alliance with a dual fuel engine.

“We are very proud to offer a flexible, easily accessible LNG bunkering service directly at our LNG Terminal in Risavika,” said Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO of Skangas.  “We operate a LNG infrastructure ready to provide LNG bunkering services along the coast of the Nordic countries as well as Ship-to-Ship deliveries. Availability of LNG bunkering services is not an issue any longer ” 

Skangas pointed out it will by summer 2017 operate M /T Coralius  with a capacity of 5800 cbm  designed for ship-to-ship bunkering in icy conditions.

“We are very satisfied that we have now completed the conversion to LNG propulsion on the product tanker Fure West, and are able to offer first class shipping services to the market using the clean fuel LNG,” says Lars Höglund, CEO and owner of Furetank.

Skangas is a subsidiary of Gasum Corporation (51%), and is partly-owned by the Norwegian energy company Lyse (49%).  

Clean Energy Opens LNG station in Washington State

Clean Energy Fuels announced today the opening of a new public natural gas station along Interstate 5 in Fife a suburb of Tacoma, Washington.

The station, located at 3013 20th Street East, was designed, built, and will be operated and maintained by Clean Energy. The station consists of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fast-fill pumps, and is open to the public 24/7.

Interstate Distributor Co., headquartered in nearby Tacoma, will use the station for its fleet of LNG tractors operating throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“As the first national freight carrier in the Pacific Northwest to use natural gas vehicles for our fleet, we’re very happy to see another station become available that can support our regional distribution network,” said Interstate Distributor Co. CEO Marc Rogers. “We made the transition to natural gas early so we would be ahead of the game, and now that the infrastructure is here, we’re more and more confident each day that we made the right decision.”

Clean Energy also announced last month that it had completed a public natural gas station in Central Point, Oregon, linking California to Washington.

“We continue to focus on key transportation corridors like the I-5 to expand our natural gas infrastructure,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president of Sales at Clean Energy. “As our partners like Interstate make the transition to natural gas, we can offer the fueling stations they need to expand along with them.”

Clean Energy Opens LNG station in Washington State

Image: Clean Energy 

Skangas awarded framework agreement with Statoil

Skangas announced today it has entered an agreement with Statoil for delivery of liquefied natural gas fuel for their platform supply vessels (PSV). The LNG will be delivered to several bases along the Norwegian west coast by ship.

Skangas will in addition deliver LNG to Statoil’s tugs at Kårstø. According to Skangast he agreement is valid from 1 April 2017 until the end of 2020 with an option for two plus two years. The supply bases are located at Mongstad, Florø (Saga Fjordbase) and Kristiansund (Vestbase).

The LNG will be delivered from the LNG plant in Risavika to the supply bases along the Norwegian coast by Skangas’ new LNG feeder and bunker ship Coralius. The 5800 m3 Coralius is expected to be available Spring 2017.

“We see this agreement as a recognition of our daily work and a confirmation of a good relationship with Statoil”, says Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO of Skangas. “It is important to have customers that emphasize the necessity of more sustainable operations enabling the use of a more environmentally friendly energy. We are depending on front runners to develop the market for LNG and further for liquefied biogas (LBG)”.

Coralius LNG bunker and feeder vessel. Image Source: Skangas

Coralius LNG bunker and feeder vessel. Image Source: Skangas



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