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LNG Vessel to Join Qatargas Fleet

Qatargas announced the naming of the Q-Flex LNG vessel Tembek at a ceremony held at Samsung Heavy Industries shipbuilding yard in Geoje Island, South Korea. The Tembek will be used to ship LNG produced by Qatargas 2's Train 4 to customers in Europe. It is one of 14 ships that are being built in Korea to service Qatargas Trains 4 and 5. The LNG vessel is owned through a joint venture between Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat) and Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), from which Qatargas will charter the vessel. Naomi Campbell officially named the ship the fourth of 45 large LNG ships to be delivered for Qatar at the event presided over by Ahmed Al Khulaifi, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer - Commercial & Shipping. The Q-Flex and the even larger Q-Max are a new generation of LNG mega-ship with about 40 percent lower energy requirements than conventional vessels due to the economies of scale created by their size and the efficiency of the engines. Source: The Peninsula


FLEX LNG Orders Third LNG Vessel

FLEX LNG ordered its third 90,000 cubic meter (3.1 MMcf) SPB liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel this year from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel will be identical to the two others ordered in March of this year. The third vessel is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2011. [Source: http://www.energycurrent.com]


OSG Names Largest LNG

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has named the LNG Carrier Al Gattara, marking a new generation of Q-Flex Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, said to be the world’s safest, most advanced and largest ships to transport this critical energy source. This vessel is the first in a series of four sister ships to be delivered to OSG Nakilat, the joint venture between OSG and Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat). The ship’s sponsor, Mrs


Agreement Means New Jobs on LNG Tankers

New seafaring jobs on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) vessels will go to Americans licensed as ships’ officers under an agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Shell International Trading Company. Under the agreement, Shell becomes one of the first major oil producers to actively recruit American seafarers for its growing fleet of 25 new LNG vessels, all of which will be put into service in the next four years.


Harvey Gulf Launches New Website

HGIM Website Image.jpg

New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, has announced  the launching of its completely remodeled corporate website: www.HARVEYGULF.com. The website has been updated to reflect the growth and presence of Harvey Gulf as one of the leaders in the U.S. oil and gas industry as well as being the leader in LNG powered offshore support vessels. Visitors to the website will be able to access detailed specification sheets for the fleet


Shell Loads First LNG Vessel at Gate Terminal

Coral Methane loading (Photo: Shell)

Shell loads first LNG vessel, using new LNG fuel infrastructure at Gate terminal. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth. This new berth has now started operations. The loading of Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the Coral Methane happened on September 19th.    Background: In July 2014, Shell took the Final Investment Decision to buy capacity at the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal, which enabled the investment in new


China Steps Up with LNG

China has made concrete progress in shipbuilding. In September 2007, the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) ship made by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) will be delivered, reported the state-run Xinhua News Agency on February 19, 2007. The LNG ship has a capacity of around 47,199 cubic meter and is currently under-construction by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, an arm of CSSC, the topmost shipping group in China and third largest in the world.


Dominion Cove Point LNG Facility

The U.S. Coast Guard has received a request from Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to begin using the south berth of its facility on Chesapeake Bay for receiving LNG vessels. Comments on this request should be submitted by September 7. 70 Fed. Reg. 45735 (HK Law)


First LNG Booking for Damen Shiprepair Brest

Bonny Gas Transport-owned, 79,822 DWT ‘LNG SOKOTO’

First LNG Booking for Damen Shiprepair Brest. Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) received her first firm booking for the drydocking, maintenance and repair of an LNG carrier. The Bonny Gas Transport-owned, 79,822 DWT ‘LNG SOKOTO’ will arrive at the yard end of August for maintenance work, including drydocking. Jos Goris, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Brest, says: “We are very pleased with this order and we expect more LNG vessel owners to follow


GAIL Tries Again for LNG Ships

Picture: GAIL (India) Limited

 India's state-owned Gail India Ltd would reissue the multi-billion dollar tender to build three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in India with “changed norms”, reports Financial Express.   There has been news that GAIL has scrapped a tender that would have led to the construction of LNG vessels at Indian shipyards. The tender, floated in 1 August 2014, was aimed at hiring nine LNG carriers, with a caveat that three of them be made in India.   


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

The Table

DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


US Shifts LNG Exports to Asia as Arb Opens Ip

Photo: Cheniere Energy

The biggest divergence between U.S. and Asian gas prices in a year has created an opportunity for tankers delivering liquefied natural gas, with most departures from a key Louisiana terminal in the last month-and-a-half heading toward East Asia, shipping data released on Wednesday show.  


Nakilat assumes Management of Al Dafna

Al Dafna Photo Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd.

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Al Dafna from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from 2 February 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on 19th October 2016.


Panama Canal Sets Monthly Tonnage Record

File photo: Panama Canal Authority

 In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the Expanded and original locks.   The previous record was established the month prior, in December 2016, when 1


LNG Shipping Under Threat from Cargo Diversions

Graph: Drewry  LNG Forecaster report

 If Asian buyers continue to divert their contracted supply from the US towards Europe and Latin America, it will reduce demand for LNG vessels in the long term by cutting down on long-haul trade, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping


Boat that Attacked Tanker off Yemen Carried Explosives

Unknown assailants who opened fire on a gas tanker last week off the coast of Yemen were also carrying a "substantial amount of explosives", the vessel's owner said on Thursday, and a maritime source said it may have been an attempted suicide attack.  


Fuel Talk: Greener Ships 'Abandoned'

Push Back: Leaders citing limited returns for “green-fuels” investments include (from left): Håvard Ulstein, MD, Island Offshore; Karsten Sævik, CEO, Remøy Shipping; and Ståle Kyrkjedelen, Norway’s Operations Manager, Bourbon Offshore. (Photo: William Stoichevski)

In the immortal words of one Kermit the Frog, “it’s not easy being green.” Nor inexpensive. Offshore ship owners managing the demand “fallout” of the past year and navigating myriad environmental strictures say their leap of faith toward greener fuels has taken its


JERA Buys First-ever U.S. LNG Cargo

File Image: LNG carrier underway (Credit: Parker Bestobell)

Japan's JERA Co, the world's biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), on Thursday said it made its first-ever purchase of LNG from the lower 48 U.S. states, as part of its goal to diversify supplies. JERA, a fuel joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power


DSME, Kongsberg Maritime Join Forces

Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea (left) and Mr. Young Bok Choi, Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D Photo Kongsberg Maritime

DSME and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for a new LNG FSRU regasification control system. As part of the delivery scope for a vessel currently under construction at the Okpo shipyard in South Korea, DSME will develop a High Fidelity Dynamic Simulator for the


SCI Led JV Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier “PRACHI"

The joint venture partners comprising SCI, MOL, NYK and K-Line that owns MT Prachi, also operate the three vessels. Photo SCI

A Joint Venture comprising The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), have taken delivery of a new build Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier MT


Expanded Panama Canal Welcomes its 500th Neopanamax Transit

Photo: Canal de Panamá

 Less than six months after the inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal, the waterway welcomed its 500th transit of a Neopanamax ship on Wednesday, highlighting the trust that Canal customers have placed in the route.   Performing the 500th transit was the container vessel YM Unity


Inland Waterways to Get Boost in India

Image: The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

 The National Waterway Act, 2016 declaring 111 national waterways, including the 5 national waterways declared earlier has been enforced w.e.f. 12th April, 2016.    The process for preparation of techno economic feasibility (TEF) study/Detailed Project Report (DPR) of new national


NYK to Jointly Own LNG Carrier for Cameron Project

New liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel for the Cameron LNG project photo NYK

NYK, the Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Toho LNG Shipping Co., Ltd. (Toho LNG Shipping), and Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (Tohoku Electric Power) will participate in the joint ownership of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel for the Cameron LNG project in the U.S


Great Ships of 2016: Seri Camellia

(Photo: MISC Berhad)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Seri Camellia - New LNG Carrier for MISC Berhad


DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum






 
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