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Combined LNG bunker and feeder vessel ordered in the Netherlands

23 January 2015

Sirius Veder Gas AB, a joint venture company owned by Anthony Veder and Sirius Rederi, has ordered a state of the art 5,800 cubic metres LNG bunker and feeder vessel with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes. The company will operate this new vessel for Skangass under a long term charter. The vessel is able to distribute LNG to areas that have a clear need and drive to move to sustainable energy, but do not have access to natural gas via pipeline. It is expected to load LNG in Norway and Sweden for distribution in the Baltic area, with a focus on the Skagerrak and Kattegat area.

The vessel includes a dual-fuel engine and specific design features required to perform safe and reliable bunkering operations (thrusters to faciliate increased manoeuvrability). Due to its highest ice class notation (1A), it may trade in the Baltics during winter time as well. For Anthony Veder this vessel will be the fourth small-scale LNG carrier operating in Northern Europe. 

For more information, you may access the article on which this news is based here.

Pilot course "LNG as fuel" successfully held by CERONAV

19 December 2014

CERONAV held on 10-12 December 2014 the second pilot course (from a total of four courses) which was dedicated to personnel working onboard of inland vessels with LNG as a fuel. The first course was dedicated to personnel working onboard of LNG inland bunkering vessels, whereas the next two foreseen courses will be developed for staff working at LNG terminals and for LNG as inland freight. 

Photo source: CERONAV

LNG Masterplan Consortium Meeting - 24-26 November 2014, Antwerp

28 November 2014

DSCN1364Between 24 and 26 November 2014, in the middle of Antwerp's historical city centre, the third LNG Masterplan Consortium Meeting took place bringing together around 120 participants. The agenda of the three-days meeting carefully prepared by the project’s coordinators, Pro Danube and Port of Rotterdam, provided ample opportunities for projects partners, members of the Industry Reference Group and Advisory Group, external experts and representatives of European institutions allowing to share experience, create synergies and set the grounds for possible collaboration.

During the dedicated sessions, the LNG Masterplan partners shared valuable know-how with technology providers and experts in LNG deployment (such as Wärtsilä, MTU – Royce Rolls, Marine Service, Vanzetti Engineering, MAN, Anglo Belgian Corporation, etc.) and presented best practices and current developments in the LNG field, both on-shore and as vessel solutions. Moreover, the sessions dedicated to innovation, financing opportunities and European LNG platforms have represented excellent opportunities for the project consortium to connect with invited external experts and shall lead into better support for the sector in EU co-funded projects as well as support the development of a dedicated EU strategy for LNG in the IWT sector.

The next Consortium Meeting of the LNG Masterplan project will be held in 2015, at the end of June, in Austria. Detailed information about any of the events can be requested via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

21 November 2014

LNG Newsletter NovThe third edition of the LNG E-Newsletter was recently finalised and is now available to download from the PR Material section of the LNG Masterplan website. The E-Newsletter offers an insight into the latest activities developed within the LNG Masterplan project and presents the progress in the “Education and Training” field and offers valuable information about emission calculations and major dissemination work. As the development of the market for marine LNG will have an impact on the inland navigation sector, we have asked Alain Bourgeois, Vice President Gas & LNG Bergen Energi AS to provide a short analysis for this edition.

Positive response from possible users for LNG bunker station to be built by Port of Antwerp

24 October 2014

In the course of September and October, Port Authority of Antwerp consulted the market regarding design and operation of a LNG bunker station for inland shipping in the port. Both possible users as well as interested operators of the station provided useful advice through a questionnaire which will be used by the Port Authority to finalise the tender documents for the construction and operation of the bunker station. The Port Authority wishes to create a wide support for the project among stakeholders and port users through an open communication process.

LNG draft IGF Code approved

6 October 2014

The draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) together with the proposed amendments to make the code mandatory under SOLAS have been approved at the inaugural meeting of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 1). The draft amendments include a new Part G in SOLAS chapter II-1 (Construction – Subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations), which is related to ships using low-flashpoint fuels, requiring such ships to comply with the IGF Code and related amendments to SOLAS chapter II-2 (Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction), covering to the use of fuel with a low flashpoint. Further draft amendments will update the form of safety certificates to include reference to the new Part G.

In a nutshell, the IGF Code will provide mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low flashpoint fuels such as LNG. It will also apply to new and existing ships converting to the use of LNG, but not to cargo ships of less than 500 gross tonnes. Read More

EU Directive sets the rules for ensuring minimum coverage of refuelling points for alternative fuels across Europe

2 October 2014

As of 29 September 2014, the European Union has adopted with the "Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure" rules for ensuring the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe. Member States are now facing the challenge of providing a minimum infrastructure and common EU-standards for needed equipment and user information for alternative fuels such as electricity, liquefied and compressed natural gas and hydrogen. In this respect, Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by end 2016.

For LNG and CNG as fuel, the Directive sets the regulatory framework as follows:
  • For the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for road transport, Member States have to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refuelling points, with common standards, on the TEN-T core network, ideally every 400 km, to be built by end-2025. The directive also requires a minimum coverage to ensure accessibility of LNG in main maritime and inland ports. In case of inland barges and maritime ships, the access to LNG will substantially contribute to lowering negative externalities such as air emissions and noise as well as overcoming barriers that so far held back the usage of this clean fuel.
  • Regarding compressed natural gas (CNG), the directive requires Member States to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refuelling points, with common standards, to allow the circulation of CNG vehicles, both in urban and sub-urban areas as well as on the TEN-T core network, ideally every 150 km, to be built by end-2025.
Additionally, the directive requires that clear information is given to consumers about the fuels that can be used by a vehicle by using standardised labelling in vehicle manuals, at dealerships and on the recharging and refuelling points. Clear information regarding fuel prices shall as well be made available. Furthermore, information about the geographical location of publicly accessible refuelling points shall be made available by all Member States in an open and non-discriminatory manner.

This information was made available based on the press release published by the European Commission. For more information, you may access the press release here.

MS Sirocco christening in Grevenmacher on 24 September 2014

26 September 2014

The use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as a vessel fuel was given another boost with the commissioning of a new type of inland navigation vessel: the LNG fuelled chemical tanker Sirocco. Sirocco is the second LNG fuelled vessel delivered within the LNG Masterplan project, after the refitted container vessel Eiger Nordwand of DCL Barge B.V. (Danser Group).

Owned by Chemgas Barging Sarl, this conventional gas tanker is equipped with a main engine capable of running on gas oil as well as on the clean LNG. What makes this dual-fuel system unique, is that it is positioned below decks in the cargo area, which improves vessel safety. Chemgas deployed “Sirocco” for the transportation of conventional gasses for customers throughout the Rhine basin.

The vessel was officially christened on 24 September 2014 in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, by Mrs. Claudette Majerus, the wife of François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure in Luxembourg. Among those attending the christening were representatives from the barging industry, governmental authorities as well as from the European Commission.

The dual-fuel engine concept enables “Sirocco” to optimise LNG consumption to 99%. With LNG as a fuel, NOx particles and CO2 emissions are substantially reduced. As part of the LNG Masterplan project, the emission values of the engine will be actively monitored for a certain period of time in order to verify that emission reductions are indeed achieved.

colage Sirocco
Photo source: Chemgas Barging Sarl; Pro Danube Management GmbH

LNG Masterplan project disseminated at the 4th LNG Global Congress in London

25 September 2014

The 4th edition of the LNG Global Congress took place between 16 and 19 September 2014 in London. This year's edition offered delegates an insight into both commercial and market information in addition to operational and terminal infrastructure updates from across the LNG industry, giving them the opportunity to take away strategic knowledge, specifically matched to their company's interests. The congress focused on country and regional case studies to examine in depth what the key issues and challenges were for particular areas and how to maximise opportunities in those regions. Mr Manfred Seitz, LNG Masterpan Coordinator, has participated as speaker in this event introducing the LNG Masterplan project, a coordinated approach to break the chicken and egg situation for the Rhine-Main-Danube axis. The presentation was well received and the audience showed a lot of interest in the works of the project.

LNG Masterplan project disseminated at the European Inland Waterways Navigation Conference in Budapest

20 September 2014

EIWN2014-0042The 7th edition of the EIWN Conference was organised on 10-12 September 2014 in Budapest. The EIWN Conferences deal with the general problems and trends of inland waterway navigation. This year’s event was organized with great success attracting high number of participants from the inland navigational sector. Ms Ruxandra Florescu delivered a well-received presentation on the status of LNG Masterplan project on behalf of Pro Danube Management.