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Antwerp Port Authority consults potential users for the LNG bunker station to be built

19 September 2014

By the beginning of 2016, the Port of Antwerp will have a LNG bunkering and filling station for barges. The procedure for the construction of the station is currently under way. In order to brief the future constructor as fully as possible about the facilities that the station must offer, the Port Authority has launched a brief survey for potential users. As a result, the Port Authority hopes to get input on questions such as which types of customers the facility must serve and whether the user/operator has a preference for particular technologies. Based on the answers received, the Port Authority will refine the specifications for the construction of the LNG bunkering and filling station.  

The questionnaire drawn up for this can be completed up until 9 October 2014, 11:00 o'clock. On the basis of the answers received, the Port Authority will consider the possibility of organising a round table discussion with the interested respondents on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

For the Dutch questionnaire: see
For the English questionnaire: see

Rotterdam unites safety research with first LNG training facility

19 September 2014

Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This study is part of the LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube project and will be ready at the end of this year. As coordinator for the Rhine Corridor in this European project, Port of Rotterdam Authority is in charge of this project.

The two organisations were chosen because of their elaborate expertise on emergency repression. René de Vries (Harbour Master at Port of Rotterdam) explains: “Their pragmatic approach will lead to direct input on how to act in case of a LNG incident in the inland navigation sector. Emergency response organisations in the entire Rhine-Main-Danube area, ranging from Rotterdam to Constanta (Romania), will benefit from this study.” Together with the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Strasbourg and Switzerland, the outcome will lead to practical advices and strategic methods how emergency response can be aligned for inland navigation.

“This study is a big step towards creating a harmonised and efficient European regulatory framework for LNG as fuel and cargo in inland navigation”, says De Vries. The study is now in progress and the final report is expected at the end of 2014. The proposed recommendations will be send to the European Union to contribute to creating an unified set of regulations and guidelines about the transport and use of LNG for inland shipping.

Falck Risc, based in the port of Rotterdam, is not only expert in LNG regulation recommendations, but is also professionally skilled in how to act safely while handling LNG. On 19 September 2014, Falck opened the very first northwest European training facility for liquefied natural gas on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte. The new hightech training facility at the Maasvlakte will greatly contribute to safe handling of LNG. Firecrews, employees and members of company emergency response teams in the chemical and petrochemical industries will be able to train in a realistic environment in anticipating and dealing with the risks involved in LNG. For more information, you may refer to the press release.

LNG Falck oefenfaciliteit in bedrijf
Photo source: Port of Rotterdam Authority

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

18 August 2014

newsletter AugThe second 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 status of three pilot deployments, namely the LNG powered container vessel (Eiger-Norwand) of DCL Barge (Danser Group), the LNG bunker vessel of Bernhard Schulte and the LNG bunker station developed by Port of Antwerp. In addition, it offers from the perspective of the energy consulting company PACE Global (Siemens) an insight into the market conditions for LNG as bunker fuel. 

Transport Trade Services SA signes Memorandum of Understanding with Constanta Maritime Ports Administration

30 July 2014

On 25 June 2014, Transport Trade Services S.A. (TTS) and National Company Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta (CNAPM) signed an official Memorandum of Understanding establishing the cooperation of Constanta Maritime Ports Administration with regard to the feasibility study for the LNG Import Terminal in the port of Constanta as part of the LNG Masterplan project. The objective of the Memorandum is to ensure the optimal framework for the elaboration of a feasibility study and of a technical project so that CNAPM promotes in the future, under the law conditions, an investment project consisting of building a LNG terminal in the Port of Constanta in accordance with:
  • Community policy for the energy sector;
  • LNG Masterplan document that will result from completion of the LNG Masterplan project;
  • General Transport Masterplan and Constanta Port Masterplan.

Pilot class for personnel onboard of LNG bunkering vessel held by CERONAV

25 July 2014

During 21-24 July 2014, CERONAV held a pilot course for personnel working onboard of LNG inland bunkering vessels that was developed within the EU-funded project LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main Danube. This pilot class is the first in a series of four classes that will be organized by CERONAV during the project implementation period. In November 2014, the pilot class is expected to support LNG as a fuel, followed in 2015 by a pilot class for personnnel working in LNG terminals and with LNG as cargo.

CERONAV Bunkering Course
Photo source: CERONAV

UNECE study on the current state and prospects for LNG in the ECE region

30 June 2014

The Committee on Sustainable Energy of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in Geneva on 14-15 April 2014. Experts from the UNECE Member States, gas industry and national regulatory bodies addressed during the meeting key issues and development trends in the natural gas markets in the ECE region.

The agenda included, among others, a roundtable discussion based on the findings of a study entitled "Current state and prospects for LNG in the ECE region" which was completed by leading experts in the natural gas industry. The study was prepared to familiarise the readers with the LNG industry and market and to present current drivers and potential obstacles for LNG to reach its full potential as an energy carrier. The study shall serve as a starting point for discussions among policy makers, regulatory bodies and other key stakeholders. An important conclusion of the study is that, if natural gas is an essential energy source for a sustainable future, LNG is the gateway to a global gas market.

Further discussions will continue at the next UNECE meeting in Geneva in January 2015.

LNG Masterplan project disseminated at international level

30 June 2014

Disseminating the project and its results at national and international level is another important task and obligation of the LNG Masterplan Project Consortium.  Events such as PIANC World Congress 2014, IEI Turkey Energy Summit 2014 or the Austrian Logistics Day in Linz are just few of the events taking place in June 2014 attended by the projects partners.

The 33 edition of PIANC World Congress took place in San Francisco, California on 1-5 June 2014. This event brought together industrial and commercial stakeholders with a special interest in ports and maritime navigation, environmental issues, dredging, inland waterway systems, global navigation issues, urban and recreational waterfronts. The various aspects of the LNG Masterplan project were presented by Pro Danube, A3PS - Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems and by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. The topic came at the right moment, when U.S shale gas is rapidly increasing as an available source of natural gas and possible gas, including LNG, are thoroughly discussed. The project was well received, especially due to its wide and challenging coverage.

The 2014 IEI Turkey Energy Summit, organised on 05-06 June 2014 in Istanbul, brought together an expert panel of professional speakers from leading companies to offer their diverse views and advice on energy investment and finance. The event hosted over 30 high level speakers from the Turkish and international energy sector, addressing the key issues affecting the energy market today. Mr Manfred Seitz, the LNG Masterplan Coordinator, has participated as speaker in this event as Turkey's LNG import terminal could be an alternative supply option for LNG small-scale supply chains in the Danube region. The event provided possibilities to address the challenges and to discuss the possibilities of building the LNG supply chain in the Danube region, with the LNG terminal in Marmara Ereglisi as one of the sourcing points.

The Austrian Logistics Day 2014 took place at the Design Center in Linz on 26 June 2014. The annually held event was mainly attended by industrial and commercial stakeholders with a special interest in logistics and supply chain solutions, making it one of the most important logistics related events of the year in Austria. In a special workshop held under the motto "Logistic Future Lab" on 25 June 2014 and moderated by the LNG Masterplan project partner, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, LNG as a sustainable fuel for transportation was elaborated with a keynote speech from Mr Manfred Seitz, LNG Masterplan coordinator.  The participants agreed that LNG is an alternative fuelling source and that there is a need for stepwise deployment. The workshop was carried out in the framework of the LNG demand analysis activities.

First LNG refit on an inland waterway vessel

23 June 2014

The first inland waterway vessel refitted with a pollution-reducing Liquefied Natural Gas drive system was officially delivered on 19 June 2014, in Rotterdam. The tug-barge combination, the  Eiger-Nordwand, was converted by DCL Barge B.V. (Danser Group) as part of the LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube project, through which it benefits from 50% of TEN-T EU financial support. The retroffited container vessel is the first finalised LNG pilot deployment in the LNG Masterplan project (out of 8 vessels and 2 temrinal solutions).

The Eiger-Norwand is not only the first inland vessel to be converted to LNG (99% powered by LNG) , but also the first inland waterway container vessel in the world to be fitted with a dual-fuel drive system. Danser commissioned the turn-key project to Koekood Diesel Service and Wärsilä, who completed the refit from diesel to duel fuel (LNG and diesel) within three months. Wärsilä provided two 6L20DF main engines which offer flexibility in the choice of fuel, since the engines can run on either LNG or on diesel. The 60,000 litre LNG tank is installed below deck in front of the engine room.

Photo Source: Danser Group

The European Commission considers this refit to be an important stepping stone. This will allow assessing the feasibility and requirements for a large-scale deployment of LNG infrastructure and vessels across the European Union's river and canal networks. "LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping sector and its uptake is strongly encouraged by the European Union", declares Dirk Beckers, INEA Executive Director.

For more information, you may refer to the press release of Danser Group or to the news published by the European Commission.

index    Press Release Danser Group
index    News European Commission

Observatory of European Inland Navigation - New interactive LNG map available

23 June 2014

Following the industry’s very positive reception of the LNG project database launched in October last year, the site has been upgraded with new functions to become the most comprehensive information platform on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as alternative fuel in inland and Wadden Sea navigation.

Henceforth, an interactive map displays all currently operative and planned LNG infrastructures and vessels in Europe. Additionally, a calendar announces upcoming LNG events in the sector. These new functions will make it easier for stakeholders to identify potential partners and synergies. In order to reduce its air pollutant emissions, the shipping industry is increasingly making use of LNG. Thus, four inland vessels with LNG propulsion are already in operation, and more than 25 LNG vessels – for use on inland waterways or the Wadden Sea – are currently under development. With one single click, it is now possible to view the overall state of progress in the implementation of LNG technology.

LNG map
Photo Source: Observatory of European Inland Navigation

The project and further development of the LNG platform carried out under the umbrella of CCNR is co-financed by various initiatives, projects and organisation, among others by the LNG Masterplan project with an active involvement of Pro Danube & Port of Rotterdam.

For more details, you may refer to the following press releases which are available for download.

index    EN: Press release
index    DE: Pressemitteilung
index    FR: Communique a la Presse
index    NL: Persbericht

MS Sirocco launch in Foxhol on 28 May 2014

10 June 2014

The official launch of the newly-built type-G tanker, MS Sirocco, took place on 28 May 2014 in Foxhol (The Netherlands). The 110 m long new LNG propelled Sirocco was developed by Chemgas Barging S.a.r.l. (Luxemburg) as part of the LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube project and, same as all 33 partners of the project, it benefits from 50% of TEN-T EU financial support.

MS Sirocco will be used for the transport of liquefied gases and is powered by a Wärtsilä dual fuel LNG/diesel engine type 8L20DF. It has a total cargo tank capacity of 2.620 cubic metres, consisting of six separate gas tanks of 437 cubic metres each. 

The final outfitting works will continue during the summer and the official christening of the vessel is already scheduled for 24 September 2014 in Luxemburg.

Photo Source: Chemgas Barging S.a.r.l.