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Pilot course "LNG as cargo" organised by CERONAV

10 April 2015

Ceronav organized between 1-3 April 2015 the third pilot course in the framework of the LNG Masterplan project, LNG as cargo. The course took place at the Information and Training Info Danube Center Galati with 19 trainees, all employees of Navrom Galati, APDM Galati (beneficiaries in the project) and CERONAV Galati.

The course comprised the following modules: legislation, regulations related to LNG transport, knowledge about LNG, safety in LNG operation, maintenance and control of the LNG installations, cargo tanks and cargo containment, emergency procedures, LCHS simulator.  The course ended with a final test and an evaluation of the course.

The trainees appreciated the content of the course, the hand-outs and the manner of delivery, most of them admitting that they had only general or little knowledge about LNG prior to this course. At the same time they were very impressed with the risks involving LNG and the environmental impact if safety rules are not obeyed.

The practical part of this course was done in the form of images captured from the LCHS simulator and presented on a video projector. Despite the fact that there are few methods to develop practical skills with regard to LNG as cargo, judging from the questionnaires of satisfaction the course was a real success.

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New LNG E-Newsletter edition presents the latest activities developed within the LNG Masterplan project

02 April 2015

enewsletterThe fourth edition of the LNG E-Newsletter was recently published. This E-Newsletter offers an insight into the latest activities developed within the LNG Masterplan project, presenting an update on two pilot deployments, namely the LNG-powered inland shipping tanker of DAMEN and the LNG terminal of Bulmarket DM. It offers valuable information about LNG terminal solutions as they result from (pre)-feasibility studies and technical concepts. As the development of LNG technologies will have an impact on the use of LNG, we have asked Arthur Barret, Program Director LNG Bunkering Gaztransport & Technigaz to provide a short contribution for this edition.

European Commission launches Strategy for Energy Union

19 March 2015

On 25 February, the European Commission introduced the Energy Union Strategy, a long term plan with the objective to secure supply of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and lower Europe’s oil dependence.

Regarding transport, the strategy's Roadmap outlines planned actions, such as elaboration of post 2020 targets for cars and vans as well as a monitoring and reporting system for heavy duty vehicles, with respective proposals to be laid down by 2016. A review of the Directive on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles will also be launched in 2016, in order to promote the “use of road charging schemes based on the polluter-pays principle”. Furthermore, a communication is foreseen on decarbonising the transport sector, including an action plan on second and third generation biofuels and other alternative fuels (2016-2017).

The development and increased use of energy from renewable sources is supposed to be ensured by a Renewable Energy Package, including a new Renewable Energy Directive for 2030. Power to gas and biomethane are included as contributors to “local production and storage” of energy. Moreover, the Energy Union also includes actions “to explore the full potential of LNG” storage and supply, focusing on development of the internal market and increase of interconnectivity.

News source: NGVA Europe

Danube LNG organised special event dedicated to demo runs of LNG fuelled buses

24 February 2015

On 9 February 2015, Danube LNG, EEIG together with Ister Trans Inc, Gazprom Germania and the Polish bus manufacturer Solbus organised special demo runs of LNG fuelled buses in Dunajska Streda. For this event, GAZPROM Germania provided the fuel (LNG) and refuelling through a mobile unit whereas Solbus offered state-of-the-art LNG-fuelled city buses. The bus fuelling as well as the practical demonstration took place at the bus depot of SAD Dunajska Streda.

The participants among whom representatives of Slovak public transport companies, representatives of the Slovak Ministry of Transport, chairmen of the Higher Territorial Unit and other stakeholders with a dedicated interest in liquefied natural gas were impressed by the event as well as by the low noise of the bus engines. The event provided a perfect opportunity to inform the participants about the EU-funded project LNG Masterplan, about co-funding possibilities of bus fleet renewal for LNG buses as well as about results of implementing LNG fuelled buses in Polish cities as Olsztyn and Warsaw. See also:

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Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel releases first edition of LNG Bunkering - Safety Guidelines

20 February 2015

Safety Guide Bunkering hiresOn 19 February 2015, the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has released the first edition of its safety guidelines for LNG Bunkering.  The guidelines' objective is to provide the bunkering industry with the best practices in order to ensure that gas-fuelled ships are re-fuelled with high levels of safety, integrity and reliability.

The LNG Bunkering - Safety Guidelines include chapters on LNG Hazards (Leaks, Cryogenic, LNG Fire and Explosion), Safety Systems (Roles, People in Charge, Communications and Emergency Systems), Bunkering Procedures (Before, During and After) and Specific Safety Guidance for Ship-to-Ship, Shore-to-Ship and Truck-to-Ship Bunkering. The working group involved consists of employees from SGMF Members including the Swedish Maritime Authority, Shell, MOL Group, LLoyd's Register, DNV GL, Norwegian Maritime Authority, Alkane Marine and IAPH.

Mark Bell, General Manager SGMF, stated that this was a critical time for the industry to have reliable guidelines that everyone can follow. Looking forward, the SGMF wants to encourage individuals and companies in this emerging sector to record and report any bunkering incidents on a confidential basis so that the industry will be able to learn from them.

SGMF's guidelines are available free of charge from this week onwards for SGMF members to download from the society's website. Non-members are invited to email the SGMF Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if interested to explore purchasing possiblities.

SGMF was set up in 2013 and has around 85 members. The society's sole purpose is to encourage the safe and responsible operations of vessels using gas as a marine fuel and in particular activities relating to the supply and use of LNG for this purpose. For more information, please visit:

LNG Safety Deal in the Netherlands

11 February 2015

On 10 February 2015, Dutch State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and several parties from the corporate sector and knowledge institutes, united in the National LNG Platform, signed the LNG Safety Deal to express their shared commitment to leveraging a national LNG Safety Programme in order to promote a safe use and transport of this fuel type in the Netherlands.

One condition that must be met for the large-scale use of LNG by inland navigation vessels and trucks is, of course, that it must be done in a safe manner. Therefore, the National LNG Safety Programme aims to build up the knowledge necessary to develop appropriate legislation. This may concern, for instance, the granting of licences for the use and storage of LNG by filling and bunkering stations.

State Secretary Mansveld expressed that safe use and storage of LNG is of highest importance, but at the same time, she feels that the conditions to be imposed on the transport sector should not be unduly onerous. The Netherlands is leading the way when it comes to the use of LNG as transport fuel. Particularly for this reason, it is important to build up knowledge and develop regulations in close collaboration with companies, public authorities, knowledge institutes as well as the fire brigade. The National LNG Safety Programme is funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (350.000 Euros), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (350.000 Euros), the Ministry of Security and Justice (90.000 Euros) and the corporate sector (350.000 Euros).

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Photo Source: Aniek Ahlers

LNG powered EcoLiner delivers significant fuel savings

11 February 2015

The recently launched LNG powered tanker developed by DAMEN Group combines conventional, proven engineering with sustainable innovations, including the world's first installations of the ACES - Air-Lubricated Hull and one of the first Van der Velden Flex Tunnel installations.  Every part of the the EcoLiner has been designed to reduce fuel consumption, which together with the low-emission LNG fuel easily makes the EcoLiner the greenest inland shipping vessel in Europe.

DAMEN Shipyards Hardinxveld is managing the project with the hull built in SN Orsova shipyard, under Bureau Veritas Romania and outfitting of all main systems is done in the Netherlands - including all main engines, power management, propulsion and steering gear. The first EcoLiner will be delivered as a tanker, however the modular design can be built to transport any commodity, including containers and dry bulk. The complete LNG installation, including tanks with bunker capacity of approximately 45 cbm LNG is located aft of the wheelhouse, ensuring that the configuration forward to the cofferdam can be entirely tailored to a customer-specific requirements. The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ADN Safety Committee) has approved the gas-powered design, meaning the vessel can travel on all international inland waterways.

The EcoLiner is developed within the LNG Masterplan project which is co-financed by the EU TEN-T programme.

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LNG Masterplan Supply-Demand Analysis Seminar organised by TTS in Constanta

10 February 2015

DSCN1772On 29 January 2015, Transport Trade Services (TTS) and Maritime Ports Administration Constanta (SN APM Constanta SA) have organised a special LNG supply-demand analysis seminar. As part of the LNG Masterplan project, TTS will prepare a pre-feasibility study and a technical design concerning the deployment of a small-scale LNG terminal in the port of Constanta. As part of the elaboration of the pre-feasibility study, a demand analysis is required following the agreed methodology of the LNG Masterplan project.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Transport, of port authorities, local administrations, port operators, truck operators, local bus operator as well as representatives from Pro Danube, Bulmarket DM, Panteia, Tebodin, NAFTACHEM, Congaz, Pancevo Port Administration and other industry stakeholders.

The objectives of the seminar were to inform the public and private stakeholders about the status of activities to facilitate a small-scale LNG terminal deployment in the Port of Constanta as part of the EU-funded LNG Masterplan project, to raise the awareness of concerned authorities and public administrations, to identify LNG pioneer customers, to discuss development options and possible implementation strategy for the terminal and to prepare the grounds for a follow-up LNG seminar. Interested parties are invited to contact Mr Serban Cucu (TTS).

Photo Source: TTS

First piles driven for LNG Break Bulk Terminal in Rotterdam

05 February 2015

LNG Breakbulk 4In February 2015, the first piles for the LNG Break Bulk terminal on the Maasvlakte in the Rotterdam Harbor (port number 9735) were driven. The project involves the digging of a dock and the construction of a LNG handling facility. As a result, it will be possible to pump small quantities of liquefied natural gas into bunker vessels and small LNG tankers. The construction works are expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and the terminal shall become operational in 2016.

The construction of the LNG Break Bulk terminal is in line with the Rotterdam Port Authority's policy. This is geared towards encouraging the transition from fuel oil to LNG as shipping fuel and enabling the market for LNG to develop to the full in Rotterdam. The European Union also supports the construction of the LNG Break Bulk terminal. It has set aside a total sum of €34 million for the construction of breakbulk terminals in Gothenburg and Rotterdam as part of TEN T funding program.

Photo source: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Joined forces for developing the LNG market in the ARA region

28 January 2015

LNG BUNKERING 2LNG Bunkering Services BV (subsidiary of Deen Shipping founded in 2012) together with Veka Group and IUVENIS joined forces with COUNT (company for commodity trading and logistics) for setting up a close cooperation in the field of trade, transport and bunkering of small scale LNG in North West Europe. VEKA Group and Deen Shipping announced the new build of the first inland LNG bunker tanker, LNG PRIME, which will become operational in the ARA region (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp incl. Vlissingen and Ghent) starting with the beginning of 2016. The LNG PRIME is 90 meters long and has a loading capacity of 1.000 ton of LNG. The LNG PRIME is an important link in the development of the LNG bunker market in the ARA-region.

The knowledge resulted from the construction of VEKA's first seagoing LNG carrier (Pioneer Knutsen) is used to design the LNG PRIME. The difference will be made in the design of the vessel, the special cargo tanks (own design) and propulsion system. For more information, you may refert to the attached press release.

The LNG PRIME is developed within the LNG Masterplan project which is co-funded by the EU TEN-T programme.

Photo Source: LNG Bunkering Services