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STC-Group releases a bunkering related questionnaire as part of the LNG Masterplan

19 March 2014

STC-Group, as partner of the LNG Masterplan, has developed a bunkering related questionnaire to identify the professional profile with respect to bunkering personnel on a operational and on a management level. Topics such as the maintenance and inspection of a LNG installion, technical characteristics of a LNG installation, definition of roles in a bunkering, praparations for a LNG bunkering have been included. Industry providers with a special interest in LNG bunkering are encouraged to participate. Interested parties can contact Mr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , STC-Group.

TRI-ZEN releases its "LNG Markets Perspective" periodic publication

19 March 2014

TRI-ZEN, a consulting and advisory business established in 2000, which has a primary focus on the energy industries in Asia, has recently published the March edition of its "LNG Markets Perspective", a periodic paper covering key issues in the field of LNG. This edition includes an overview on the developments in the global LNG market by including information about the LNG market in the Americas, Europe and Asia and about vessels running on LNG, newly built or retroffited. You can download the March edition here.

First two pilot classes "LNG as a fuel in IWT" will be executed in April 2014

18 March 2014

On 10 and 25 April 2014, the STC-Group in Rotterdam will execute the first two official pilot classes with respect to LNG as fuel in IWT. The lesson material was developed within the framework of the LNG Masterplan and the pilot classes serve as a tool on the one hand to educate and train the crew sailing a vessel fuelled with LNG, management of stakeholders involved are invited to the pilot sessions and on the other hand to collect feedback with respect to the lesson material developed.

The execution of pilot classes is part of sub activity 4.2: Education and Training Requirements and is foreseen for all lesson materials which will be developed. Besides the specific requirements of LNG, safety is the highest level of priority during the course.  The next materials which will be developed are curricula and lesson materials with respect to bunkering, of which a questionnaire will be distributed in a few days only.

LNG Europe supplies LNG to the world's first LNG powered tug

18 March 2014

Source: LNGEurope
On February 17, 2014, NGVA Europe member LNGEurope bv. supplied LNG to the world’s first LNG powered tug, the Borgoy of Buksér og Berging AS. Operations were performed at the port of Zeebrugge. This truck-to-ship bunkering of LNG was the first time a seagoing vessel was bunkered at the Flemish coastal port or any other port in this part of Europe. M/T Borgoy is the first tug in the world, powered by LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations. This results in an interest for LNG as maritime fuel. The Borgoy emits nearly 30% less CO2 and up to 90% less NOx than conventional ships. Noise is reduced by 70%. Smoke, sooth and particulate matter are not emitted at all.

lngeuropeThe LNG fuelling was executed by an experienced team of LNG Europe. Experience was gained by bunkering LNG to inland barges at Rotterdam and Antwerp, and of course by the several hundreds of truckloads safely delivered in the last few years. This first truck-to-ship bunkering at Zeebrugge was carefully planned and prepared by LNGEurope with the Port Authorities, Fluxys Belgium, and Hoppe Maritime Group.

Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “This bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Zeebrugge. Firstly, we can be proud that BUBE has chosen Zeebrugge to perform this operation. Secondly, it is a confirmation of the time and effort we’ve invested in becoming a first mover in LNG bunkering. We’ve started up several projects with different parties which are all in very different stages of development. To see this project performed successfully is very gratifying.”

Koos Blaazer, LNGEurope b.v.: “This successful bunkering operation confirms the belief of LNGEurope that in the future, these safe bunkering operations will become routine for a steadily growing fleet of LNG fuelled ships, not only in Zeebrugge.”

Stefaan Hoppe, Hoppe Maritime Group: “We are proud to be appointed by BUBE and to be part of the first LNG truck-to-ship bunkering in the port of Zeebrugge. In the future, we hope to assist in new developments in LNG such as small scale LNG and LNG bunkering.”

LNG Buyers Feel The Pain But Relief Is In Sight

18 February 2014

Source: The Wall Street Journal
In Asia, the price of liquefied natural gas has surged to a record as demand for the clean fuel rises and supply constraints hobble the market. As The Wall Street Journal’s Eric Yep explains, LNG prices surge every winter but the trend began earlier than usual this year, with buyers stocking up as early as late October.This increased demand has coincided with crimped supplies—maintenance has shut down Angolan exports, BG Group has run into uncontrollable issues in Egypt, and Yemen is putting pressure on French oil giant,Total, to pay more for its LNG. 

As a result, many big consuming markets in Asia are sourcing alternative forms of energy. Marginal shifts away from LNG and into coal have been reported in Japan and South Korea, the two major consumers of the supercooled gas. Countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore may move temporarily away from LNG in a more pronounced fashion as the price hikes hit. Relief, however, could be in sight.

This year should see the beginning of the end for the supply squeeze. New projects in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are expected to come on line.
North American LNG export projects will eventually kick into life, probably in 2015. The region should be the most active in the world in years to come—a sixth approval for LNG exports was granted last week and more than 30 additional projects are seeking permission to follow suit. The Financial Times spells out the benefits—financial and political—for the U.S. Consuming nations hope all this new supply will ease prices—LNG in Asia often trades at a multiple of five or six times U.S. piped-gas prices. Increased trade in LNG could also provoke a shift away from the traditional way of selling natural gas via long-term contracts, with prices linked to the cost of crude oil. Read More

LNG Masterplan Rhine Ports Meeting in Basel

11 February 2014

On 14 January the Rhine Ports (Rotterdam, Antwerp, Strassbourg, Mannheim and Basel) had a productive meeting in Basel, meeting hosted by the Port of Switzerland in order to discuss the studies which will be jointly executed by the Rhine ports in the framework of the LNG Masterplan. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the content and methodology for the studies which will be the input for the description of the work. During the meeting, the study packages for the status quo analysis, the LNG demand studies, the LNG supply studies, the bunkering procedures,  risk & safety studies and the regional case studies have been discussed. Based on the results of this meeting the ports will further elaborate the tender documents. The studies are expected to start in May 2014 and will be finalized in May 2015.  

Regulations for LNG transport in tankers - Adopted!

06 February 2014

The ADN Administrative Committee has adopted regulations for the transport of LNG in tank vessels at its 12th session in Geneva. The regulations will enter into force after a written notification procedure on the 1 January 2015. The new regulations ensure a high level of safety for the transport of large quantities of LNG and provide a basis for investments into LNG tank vessels.

2014 LNG Bunkering Summit

06 February 2014

On 27-28 January the 2014 Bunkering Summir took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Based on case studies, round table discussions and debates the event provided a complete overview of how the LNG  bunkering is progressing  All aspects of LNG have been covered thanks to the presence of representatives of LNG producers and suppliers, ports, shipping industry environmental experts and academics.

bunkering summit
The LNG Masterplan consortium was represented by Ms Ankie Janssen, Business Developer Gas and Power - Port of Rotterdam and Mr Piet van den Ouden, Business Development Manager LNG - Argos Bunkering BV. Ms Janssen held a presentation on the current status of LNG in the Port of Rotterdam, offering as well a forecast for the upcoming 12 months. Mr Piet van den Ouden based his presentation on the technical specifications of the LNG bunker vessel which is to be developed as part of the LNG Masterplan. In his presentation Mr van den Ouden included an overview on the developments and challenges in the area, mentioning the need of regulation for ship-to-ship bunkering.

Transporting LNG by truck from Gate Terminal

06 February 2014

34-truck-loadingOn 20 January 2014 Primagaz Benelux loaded the first truck of LNG at Gate Terminal in Rotterdam. Gate has signed an agreement with Primagaz Benelux, which through PrimaLNG will handle the LNG transport to the full European market. Gate's ambition is to load one hundred trucks a month within the next two years. 

The LNG truck loading station gives Netherlands the ability not only to import LNG as a supply for the Dutch pipeline network, but also to transport it to the hinterland by road trasnport and coastal shipping, acting as a catalyst for the LNG fuel market by inspiring other companies to invest in the use of LNG, thus making LNG more available, representing an important step in making Rotterdam the LNG hub for Europe.

LNG Masterplan - Education&Training Meeting in Vienna

28 January 2014

photo-4-2-meetingOn 22 January 2014, sub-activity 4.2 - Education and Training meeting took place in Vienna, bringing together all representatives of the project's beneficiaries that are part of this sub-activity. The meeting was fruitful, the participants having the chance to clarify many important aspects related to the good ongoing of this sub-activity.

As part of 4.2,  the partners are focusing on developing curricula, lesson materials, pilot training in order to cover the specific knowledge and skills required by several categories of staff undertaking inland navigation operations involvind LNG, such as: inland navigation crew members, terminal/bunkering personnel and staff, company/management personnel and staff, insectors form competent authorities and students focusing on logistics.

As part of this meeting, the partners agreed on their work for the upcoming months, setting clear deadlines, defining milestones and deliverables as well as setting the date for the next working meeting.