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  • #46
    Will Owen for LNG Industry 23 Sept 2019 - Cleancor announces broad push to supply LNG in the US Midwest

    CLEANCOR Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc., has announced a joint initiative to increase the use and supply of LNG and CNG to a range of customers in the US, leveraging the footprint of its sister company, SCF Marine Inc. throughout the Mississippi River system. Our team is equipped with the expertise and resources to work with customers who want to transition from diesel, fuel oil or propane energy to cleaner, less expensive alternatives,” said Jeff Woods, President of CLEANCOR.

    SCF’s knowledge of the US Inland Waterways and its strategically located ports, terminals, barge fleets, and existing customer relationships provide CLEANCOR with a robust platform from which to deploy modern and mobile LNG and CNG equipment.

    As part of this joint effort, SCF recently purchased two 2520 HP triple screw Z-Drive towboats to support its US Inland River container-on-barge service and is exploring the conversion of these vessels to dual-fuel LNG and diesel. “This conversion, if completed, will have the benefit of lowering emissions and the overall cost of operations,” said, SCF President, Tim Power.



    • #47
      Varsha Saraogi for Ship Technology Global 18 Sept 2019 - LNG is the most “future-proof” marine fuel according to a new report released by SEA\LNG.

      The viability of six alternative marine fuels namely hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, LPG, hydrotreated vegetable oil, biofuel and full battery-electric systems was evaluated against LNG using a set of 11 factors.

      The findings showed that while there are a variety of lower or zero carbon alternative fuels that could help to meet the goals of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2030 and 2050 GHG reduction targets, many of these alternatives – such as hydrogen and ammonia – require significant development to meet the industry’s needs.

      LNG – which has been widely used for more than 50 years for power and heat generation – is according to the study authors the only alternative fuel that is compliant with the current and future emissions regulations.



      • #48
        Jason Deign for gtm: Nov 29, 2019 - Washington Ferries Switching From Diesel to Batteries

        Washington State Ferries is mandated to strive for zero emissions under legislation introduced by state governor Jay Inslee. But the switch to batteries is "not just because the governor said [to do] it," says Ian Sterling, public information officer for Washington State Ferries.

        Washington State Ferries had looked at using hybrid or LNG-powered vessels as far back as around 2012, said Sterling, but found the technology wasn’t mature enough. Now, improvements in battery technology coming out of the automotive sector are prompting a second look.

        Meanwhile, Washington State Ferries is also initiating a new-build program for electric ferries that should see Olympic class electric-diesel hybrids entering operation three years from now. The Washington State Ferries program will also require a major dock electrification effort, with Seattle-Bainbridge Island and Mukilteo-Clinton likely to become the first routes with charging points at both ends.

        Washington State Ferries was far from unique in moving away from diesel. British Columbia Ferry Services, a major private-sector operator, moved to LNG some time ago and is now eyeing electrification of its fleet, Sterling said.

        (Note: Washington ferries already use an electric motor to drive the props, like a locomotive using a diesel driven motor)



        • #49
          David Rowlands for LNG Industry Feb 3 2020 - BC Ferries awards contract for LNG-fueled vessel

          BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland, a contract to construct an additional LNG-fueled vessel scheduled to go into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022. This vessel will be identical to the three Salish Class vessels built by Remontowa for BC Ferries in 2016, and will allow for the retirement of the diesel Mayne Queen.

          This new vessel will be BC Ferries sixth ship fueled by natural gas. The total project budget is approximately $92.3 million. The vessel will be 107 m long, and capable of carrying at least 138 vehicles and 600 passengers and crew. In addition to this, it will be powered by three Wätsilä engines and electrically propelled by Schottel thrusters at each end, driven by an efficient gas-electric power plant.

          Highlights of the Salish Class vessels include the following:

          The use of natural gas as the primary fuel reduces sulfur oxides 85%, nitrogen oxides 50%, and particulate matter 100%.
          Electric propulsion that eliminates gear boxes and shaft.
          Twin propellers that reduce cavitation.
          Hull designed for very small wake.
          Advanced hull coating that reduces flow disturbance and environmental leaching.
          Engine management system that reduces machinery running.
          Resilient engine mount that isolates structure borne noise.



          • #50
            Russia Gives Green Light for New LNG Transshipment Terminal

            Russia’s federal autonomous institution Glavgosexpertiza has reviewed and approved the design documentation and engineering survey results for the construction of an LNG transshipment terminal in the Kamchatka Territory.

            Back in October 2017, the Kamchatka government and PJSC Novatek signed an agreement aimed at developing a sea terminal on the southeast coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

            The terminal is intended for the transshipment of liquefied natural gas delivered from the Yamal Peninsula by ice-class gas carriers and transferred to ordinary gas carriers for further gas transportation to the Asia-Pacific region.

            According to Glavgosexpertiza, the project will optimize LNG supplies from the Arctic, thereby boosting the development of the Northern Sea Route and trade and economic ties of the Kamchatka Territory.

            The new transshipment facility is expected to be constructed in five phases. Once the first four stages are complete, the terminal would have an annual cargo turnover of about 11 million tons of LNG. With the completion of the fifth phase, the terminal would more than double its capacity to about 22 million tons of LNG.

            The port infrastructure will include floating gas storage facilities, offshore points for ship-to-ship (STS) transshipment of LNG, a 6,580-meter long access canal and a system ensuring marine safety.

            The terminal would first service 328 gas carriers annually and 657 gas carriers once it is fully operational.



            • #51
              Mar 30 2018 worldmaritimenews - Ice Breaking LNG Carrier Vladimir Rusanov Loads 1st Cargo

              The Northern Sea Route, which is a much shorter alternative to the Suez Canal, is gaining on importance amid the design of new ice-breaking commercial vessels, which have made the transportation of abundant Arctic natural energy resources commercially viable. The Arctic is a rich repository of natural resources, holding an estimated 13 pct of the world’s undiscovered oil resources and 30 pct of its undiscovered natural gas resources.

              The region has a great potential in the wake of an anticipated investment in the next large LNG project near Russia’s Yamal Peninsula coupled with anticipated global demand growth for LNG as a clean energy driven by China, India and Southeast Asia as well as Europe.




              • #52
                David Rowlands for LNG Industry 04 March 2020 - BC Ferries’ orders new LNG ferry

                Wärtsilä has announced that it has won a contract to provide an integrated system consisting of the LNG plant, three dual-fuel engines; LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system; and electrical propulsion system for BC Ferries’ latest Salish Class vessel.

                Three similar ferries, which are all operating on Wärtsilä LNG-fuelled engines, have already been delivered. As with the previous three ferries, Remontowa Shipbuilding (RSB), located in Gdansk, Poland, will also construct this latest ship which is designed by Remontowa Marine Design and Consulting.

                According to the statement, BC Ferries’ Salish Class vessels are 107 m long, and are designed to carry 600 passengers and crew, as well as up to 138 vehicles. They serve routes between the city of Vancouver and ports on Vancouver Island.




                • #53
                  Viking Grace is the first passenger ship of its size that runs on completely sulphur-free liquefied natural gas (LNG)

                  Compared to present-day fuels, nitrogen and particulate emissions are reduced by 85% and greenhouse gases by 15%. LNG meets all IMO emission requirements that apply now or will enter into force in the near future.

                  Excess heat from the engines is used when the ship is in port and the LNG cooling is harnessed for air conditioning.