First LNG Tanker Docks At New Dutch Floating Terminal
The terminal, near Groningen, has two Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs) that Gasunie leased at the request of the Dutch government. Until this year, the Netherlands only had an LNG terminal in the port of Rotterdam. The expansion in the Eemshaven and the optimization of the terminal in Rotterdam will double the import capacity for LNG. The LNG terminal in the port of Eemshaven will operate floating FSRUs (floating storage and regasification units), the Exmar S188 and the Golar Igloo. Together, the two FSRUs have a throughput capacity of approximately 8 bcm per year, which can contribute significantly to ensuring the security of supply and reducing dependence on Russian gas.
“Everything is going perfectly,” Marie-Lou Gregoire of Gasunie told Reuters. The capacity at the facility has been booked by Shell, France’s Engie, and CEZ of the Czech Republic. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Dutch Energy Minister Rob Jetten will declare the facility formally open at a ceremony tonight. Gas from the terminal is expected to start entering the Dutch grid for the first time next week, although the station will not operate at full capacity until November or December
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Schulte Group Unveils Next Generation of the LNG bunkering Vessel
The Hamburg-headquartered Schulte Group has used the Gastech event in Milan to unveil a next generation design for an LNG bunkering vessel (LBV). The group has used its experience as an LNG bunker vessel owner and operator to develop an LBV designed to be easy-to-use and to fulfill present and known future requirements for at-sea LNG bunker deliveries while reducing last-mile costs.
The design does away with the need for fenders and spacer pontoons, which take time and manpower to manually deploy, replacing them with an integrated outrigging system that’s compatible with any vessel type and can be operational in five minutes with the push of a button. The vessel’s telescopic crane extends over 40 meters over the water and can be adjusted to any required reach. The vessel fits with all known and soon-to-come LNG-fueled vessels.
The Schulte LBV also features warming-up, gas freeing and aeration equipment to prepare LNG-fueled vessels for drydock. Flexible design options mean that the LBV can be tailored to specific requirements. It can also be operated by a smaller crew while still maintaining high safety standards. Schulte says that all of these components are geared towards reducing the CAPEX (capital) and OPEX (operating) costs for owners and operators, and ultimately will achieve low last-mile costs for the LNG-fuel industry, including the LNG-fuelled client vessels.
“We examined the market’s current requirements and recognised the need for a straightforward LNG fuel vessel that reduces the cost of last-mile delivery for vessel operators,” said Johan Lillieskold, gas solutions specialist, LNG Competence center, at Schulte Group in a Gastech presentation. “We have gone back to the drawing board and defined the operational specifications of what the ideal LNG bunker vessel should offer, doing away with any additional or unnecessary gear and cumbersome operations.”
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New LNG fueled RO/ROs Ordered by Wallenius-SOL
A new Swedish shipping company has ordered a series of LNG fueled newbuilds at Chinese shipbuilder CMC Raffles that will be the largest RO/RO vessels thus far built to Finnish/Swedish Ice Class 1A Super.
The new company — Wallenius SOL — will transport forest products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Founders are the two shipping companies Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line, SOL. The first customers to sign long-term agreements are Stora Enso and Metsä Board.
“Together we can offer a strong mix of experience and competence, which can support a growing forest industry,” says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director Wallenius SOL. “Wallenius has experience from industrial shipping, shipowning, shipbuilding and ship management. SOL brings the competence of logistics from forest industry and other types of cargo in this geographical area.” ”We rely on efficient and sustainable transports for our products,” says Knut Hansen, SVP Logistics Global, Stora Enso. ”The partnership with Wallenius SOL will enhance our opportunities to compete globally, while at the same time the new vessels will reduce environmental impact.”
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