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MAN B&W Gas New Liquid ME-GI Engine

The general-cargo carrier newbuilding will be designed by FKAB in Gothenburg, Sweden and powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new Liquid ME-GI engine running on LPG. Pictured here is another FKAB design for an LNG feeder vessel. Image courtesy MAN Diesel & Turbo.

MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced its Liquid ME-GI (Liquid Gas Injection) engine. The Liquid ME-GI is powered by LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), a smaller market than LNG but of significance in certain segments such as the small tankers that ply river traffic and coastal shipping routes. The Liquid ME-GI is a variant of MAN Diesel & Turbo‘s ME-GI engine, whose control and safety system is based on the experience gathered since the mid-1990s at working gas plants, including a 12K80MC-GI-S in Japan, and the development of a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) engine in the late 1990s. The announcement follows closely on the company‘s announcement last autumn that a full-scale type test for its ME-GI concept would take place at its test centre in Copenhagen in 2011. All MAN Diesel & Turbo electronically controlled ME engine types are available in dual-fuel versions with the LPG-fuelled version designated ME-LGI. The Liquid ME-GI engine‘s performance is equivalent in terms of output, efficiency and rpm to MAN Diesel & Turbo‘s successful ME-C and ME-B series of engines. As the Liquid ME-GI engine‘s fuel system has few moving parts, it is also more tolerant of different fuel types and accordingly can run on DME (DiMethyl Ether). DME can act as a clean fuel when burned in suitably optimised engines


Dorian Rings Opening Bell Following NYSE Listing

From Left: Alex Ciaputa (DLPG Corporate Secretary), John Lisee (DLPG Controller), Marina Hadjipateras (DLPG Corp Comm), Alex Hadjipateras (DLPG EVP Business Development), Ted Young (DLPG CFO), John Hadjipateras (DLPG Chairman/CEO), John Lycouris (DLPG (USA) President), Oivind Lorentzen (DLPG Director, Seacor CEO), Peter Hadjipateras (DLPG, Corporate Development Manager), Nigel Widdowson (DLPG, Director)

Dorian LPG Ltd. opened the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, May 9, 2014. The company’s senior management members and directors stood on the NYSE balcony as Dorian CEO, John Hadjipateras rang the bell. The bell ceremony followed the company’s New York Stock Exchange pricing on Wednesday and first day of trading Thursday. Dorian LPG is a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and an owner and operator of modern VLGCs


Braemar Acquires LPG Connect

Braemar Seascope Ltd, the shipbroking arm of Braemar Shipping Services plc, has acquired the LPG broker and consultant LPG Connect International to form a product broking division called Braemar LPG Connect, to take effect from April 21st, 2009. Braemar LPG Connect will be located in Braemar Seascope’s London office and will be headed by Stuart Anderson who will also be part of Braemar’s Gas Department team, with Allison Isaac-Hierscher joining in operations


Stealthgas Takes Delivery of LPG Carriers

Stealthgas Inc. took delivery of the M/V Sea Bird II on May 18, 2007, the M/V Gas Renovatio on May 29, 2007, the M/V Gas Icon on June 27, 2007, and the M/V Chiltern on June 28, 2007, four LPG carriers that it had previously announced its agreement to acquire, expanding its current fleet to 33 vessels, with a carrying capacity of 141,912 cbm. The M/V Sea Bird II is a 1996 built, 3,518 cbm Fully Pressurized LPG carrier and is employed under a two-year bareboat charter until May 2009 to an


LPG Carriers – Brighter Outlook

Increasing trade for LPG carriers forecasted Owners of LPG carriers can look forward to increasing trade in 2012, despite the uncertain economic environment and the dampening effect of the mild winter in the northern hemisphere according to Drewry’s latest LPG Forecaster.


MHI to Build 83,000 cu.m LPG Carrier for Astomos Energy

MHI-built LPG carrier: Photo MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier able to navigate the Panama Canal from Astomos Energy Corp. The vessel is to feature MHI's world-class energy efficiency and outstanding versatility enabling it to flexibly accommodate the requirements of major LPG terminals. Completion and delivery are scheduled for the second half of 2015. The LPG carrier is to be built at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works


New Inert Gas Systems from Alfa Laval

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LNG and LPG carrier tanks hold both a source of income and a potential source of danger. To avert the danger, inert gas systems (IGS) have been required on all new tankers over 20,000 dwt since 1978 — a move that has surely saved untold lives. Yet with increasing demand, tighter delivery schedules, the constant need to optimize onboard footprints and numerous other factors, Alfa Laval believes IGS should go beyond fire safety to protect against other disasters that chisel away at the


Teekay Announces Public Offering

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has announced  that it has agreed to sell 2,800,000 common units, which represent limited partner interests, in a public offering. Teekay LNG has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 420,000 common units. The Partnership expects to use the proceeds to fund the equity portion of its first installment payment of approximately $95 million for six newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers ordered by the Partnership's 50/50


EMS, Eletson Sign Training Agreement

EMS Ship Management and Eletson Corporation signed an agreement for Training of Eletson Officers for LPG Trade. The agreement involves a two-year Training Program run by EMS Ship Management and its affiliate EMS Crew Management onboard the LPG Carriers managed by them, to ensure that Senior seagoing Officers of Eletson Corporation are trained to operate/manage LPG Carriers. Both EMS Ship Management and Eletson Corporation are leading companies in their respective fields of ship management


Two More Ships for Colombo Dockyard

According to a report from the Daily News out of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Dockyard undertook to handle two LPG carriers which will generate around $1.6m to the country, Colombo Dockyard Managing Director Mangala Yapa told Daily News Business. The Shipping Corporation of India, owned LPG carriers Nanga Parbat (17,601DWT) and Anapurna (17,601DWT) sister ships called in for lay up and dry docking repairs during February and March 2011 respectively.   (Source: Daily News)


Finland Grants Support to Three Small LNG Terminals

The Finnish government granted 65.2 million euros (84.22 million US dollar) in subsidies to build three small liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to cut on use of fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in industry, the economy ministry said on Thursday.


ABS to Class the First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian


G E Shipping Contracts to Buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier

Great Eastern

  The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier of about 52,454 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in September-October 2014. The Company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels


Asia Buyers Wary of U.S. Condensate Test Results

Petchem producers unlikely to buy due to impurities in oil. Big middle distillates yield, less naphtha, LPG; wide variance in API gravities in assays, samples. Tests on samples of the same type of U.S. condensate now heading to South Korea and Japan have raised questions about the ultra-light


New LNG Carrier Bunkers in Russia

LNG carrier Pskov: Photo GM&T

Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s (GM&T) says that its newly delivered LNG carrier “Pskov” has received bunkers (Heavy Fuel Oil and Marine Gas Oil) at the port of Nakhodka in the Primorskiy Region of Russia.


Oil Inventories Higher, Crude Demand Lower: PIRA

Oil tanks: File image

NYC-based PIRA Energy Group reports that oil inventories are higher and crude demand is lower. In the U.S., stock surplus to last year is roughly flat. In Japan, crude stocks draw amid peak run rates. Specifically, PIRA’s analysis of the oil market fundamentals has revealed the following:


StealthGas Announces Newbuilds, New Vessel Contracts

StealthGas Inc., a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today as part of its fleet expansion program the acquisition of two newbuilding LPG vessels.


Trading Houses Limit Gasoline Trades as Profits Slump

Traders Mercuria, Trafigura and SOCAR cut gasoline desks; new refining capacity slashes traditional profitability. U.S. refining boom weighs on global light products. Trading houses are shrinking their gasoline desks in response to a slump in activity, particularly in Europe


Buckeye Buys Trafigura's Texas Assets

Oil logistics specialist Buckeye Partners LP will pay $860 million for control of Trafigura's prized oil facilities in the Texas shale hub amid expectations Washington will relax its crude oil export ban. U.S. firm Buckeye will buy 80 percent of the global commodities trader's South Stream


Newbuilding Orders: Summer Lethargy Lingers

Bitumin carrier: File photo

Despite some anticipation in increased activity as the summer holidays come to an end, there are just two orders to report this week both focused on the more specialised markets, says Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin. Asphalt & Bitumin carriers


KKR, Borealis Maritime JV acquires 9 container ships

Christoph Toepfer and Frederik Rye-Florentz of Borealis Maritime.

KKR and Borealis Maritime today announced the acquisition of a portfolio of nine feeder container vessels in a sale process coordinated by Commerzbank. The vessels were previously owned by a number of German KG funds and were originally financed by Commerzbank


G E Shipping Sells General Purpose Product Tanker

Great Eastern

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to sell the 1991-built General Purpose Product Tanker Jag Prachi (28,610 dwt). The vessel will be delivered to buyers in September-October, 2014. The company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels


Banking on US Shale Gas Boom, Asia Petrochemical Firms Switch to LPG

Asia petrochemicals firms are building tanks and retooling plants to store and process liquefied petroleum gas imported from the United States, counting on a flood of supply from the shale boom to replace costlier naphtha as a raw material.


MOL YoY Q1 2014 Profit Slips, but Dividend Planned

Koichi Muto: Photo MOL

MOL President Koichi Muto informs in a letter addressed to company shareholders of a year-on-year decline in profits during the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014, excerpted as follows: "I would like to report our business results for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014 (April 1


StealthGas Prices Offering

StealthGas Inc is a provider of international seaborne transportation services to LPG producers and users

  StealthGas Inc.,  a shipowning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today that it has priced an underwritten registered offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock, at an offering price of $10






 
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