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Astomos and INPEX complete Middle East’s first ever biofuel bunkering to VLGC

INPEX supplied B24 biofuel to Astomos-chartered VLGC “Lycaste Peace” at Sharjah port in emirate of Sharjah in UAE on 21 May through bunker vessel “Monjasa Shaker” operated by Monjasa.

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Japanese LPG importer Astomos Energy Corporation (Astomos) and Japanese energy firm INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) on Thursday (22 June) said they completed the supply of B24 biofuel bunker to a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) chartered by Astomos.

Based on an agreement between the two parties announced on 11 May, INPEX supplied B24 biofuel to the VLGC Lycaste Peace at Sharjah port in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 21 May through bunker vessel Monjasa Shaker operated by Monjasa. 

The occasion marked the first instance in which biofuel was supplied to a VLGC in the Middle East. Lycaste Peacesafely completed the use of the B24 biofuel on June 5.

B24 biofuel consists of 24% fatty acid methyl ester (FAME3) and 76% very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), a conventional bunker fuel. Dubai-based Neutral Fuels produced the FAME used in the supplied B24 biofuel from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants and hotels in the UAE. Monjasa supplied the VLSFO and blended it with the FAME. 

The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification system, which covers various bio-based feedstocks and renewables, certified the FAME.

Astomos and INPEX have a track record of pursuing a joint initiative toward the realisation of a carbon neutral society, including entering a carbon neutral propane gas sales and purchase agreement in September 2021. 

The recent biofuel bunker supply in the Middle East is in line with this initiative, which the companies will take steps to accelerate including expanding the supply of biofuel bunker.

Related: Astomos, INPEX in agreement on Middle East’s first bio bunker fuel supply for VLGC

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Published: 26 June, 2023

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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

New Lloyd’s Register report highlights that the safe use of ammonia and its surrounding regulatory framework remains a critical factor for its adoption as a marine fuel.

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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

A new Lloyd’s Register report published on Thursday (21 March) has highlighted the need for industry-wide understanding of the operational and safety challenges surrounding the use of ammonia as a bunker fuel, for its adoption as part of the maritime energy transition.

Fuel for thought: Ammonia report found that although technology for ammonia as a marine fuel is developing rapidly, gaps in the regulatory framework around its use need to be addressed, alongside resolving the challenges for the production and supply of zero or near-zero emissions ammonia.

The report has identified that by taking steps to develop a framework today, the industry can avoid delays and build on the strong technology case for ammonia adoption. 

For the safe handling and infrastructure, the maritime industry can draw on the extensive experience of transporting ammonia as a cargo throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. There are, however, still concerns around ammonia’s toxicity, crew awareness and training and its overall impact on aquatic, human and environmental health.

The study also found that among the factors to consider for ammonia adoption, social acceptance and scalability are key.

The pricing of renewable electricity, green hydrogen and carbon capture will all impact ammonia’s affordability as a marine fuel. Clean ammonia producers, who are looking to upgrade production to create blue and green ammonia, see potential in increased demand from agriculture and other sectors, as well as shipping, all putting pressure on supply.

Liam Blackmore, Principal Specialist – Decarbonisation at Lloyd’s Register, said: “Fuel for thought: Ammonia, underlines the importance of addressing regulatory gaps, technology application and production hurdles in order to ensure the seamless integration of ammonia into the marine fuel landscape as part of the maritime energy transition.”

“By proactively developing a robust framework today, it is possible to accelerate the adoption of this, whilst mitigating potential risks and hazards. LR is committed to supporting first movers in ammonia and other alternative fuels, drawing upon our extensive experience and expertise in maritime safety and regulation to help deliver innovative solutions that prioritise safety and reliability.”

LR’s is supporting ammonia pioneers in delivering designs and processes that are safe and reliable. In addition to being a founding member of the Castor Initiative, a joint development project for two deep-sea ammonia propelled tankers, LR will class Exmar’s ammonia-fuelled gas carriers currently under design development by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

LR has also issued approval in principle for ammonia-fuelled engine designs and technologies and has completed a risk assessment with Yara Marine Technologies and Pilbara Port Authority for ammonia supply and bunkering.

Note: The full ‘Fuel for thought: Ammonia’ report can be found here.

 

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Published: 22 March 2024

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Molgas Group enters German market with first multi-truck-to-ship LNG bunkering op

Car carrier “Auto Achieve” received 100 mt of LNG bunker fuel, supplied by multiple trucks from the Molgas Group at the Port of Cuxhaven in Germany on 17 March.

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Molgas Group enters German market with first multi-truck-to-ship LNG bunkering op

Molgas Group on Wednesday (20 March) announced its entry into the German LNG bunkering market with an inaugural operation conducted in partnership with UECC, a provider of sustainable short sea RoRo transportation in Europe.

During the operation, car carrier Auto Achieve received 100 metric tonnes (mt) of LNG, supplied by multiple trucks from the Molgas Group at the Port of Cuxhaven in Germany on 17 March. 

Johannes Richter, Group Leader Marine at Molgas Group, said: “Germany is of importance for the energy transition in marine, and we are pleased to begin our operations here.’

“We are actively working on expanding our multi-truck-to-ship presence across multiple ports in the North and Baltic Sea to offer flexible supply solutions to the market in combination with our Scandinavian operations of two LNG Bunker Barges, Multi-Truck and Terminal supply.”

Daniel Gent, Energy & Sustainability Manager at UECC, said: “We are very happy to further expand our LNG bunkering network. Supporting the expansion of LNG bunkering infrastructure in Europe is a key ambition of ours and we are delighted to partner with MOLGAS in delivering the first LNG to a car carrier in the port of Cuxhaven.”

 

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Published: 21 March 2024

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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels achieves milestone with first bunkering op at anchorage

Operation saw LNG bunker vessel “Gas Vitality” successfully bunkering the company’s chartered crude oil tanker “Hafnia Languedoc”, at Marseille Fos, in France, on 29 February.

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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels achieves milestone with first bunkering at anchorage

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels’ chartered LNG bunker vessel Gas Vitality successfully achieved a milestone with the completion of the first bunkering operation by its vessel at anchorage at Marseille Fos in France, according to Eric Lepesan, the firm’s bunker operations manager on Friday (15 March).

The operation saw Gas Vitality successfully bunkering the company’s chartered crude oil tanker Hafnia Languedoc, at Marseille Fos, in France, on 29 February.

“By bunkering at anchorage, we provided the Hafnia Languedoc with a more flexible LNG bunkering spot, enhancing operational efficiency and cutting costs without compromising on safety,” Lepesan said. 

“We are proud to enable more flexible solutions and to drive positive change in maritime operations. Bravo to our dedicated teams and partners for making this milestone possible.”

On 24 January, global ship management and marine solutions provider V.Group said the Gas Vitality celebrated the onset of the New Year by successfully conducting its 100th bunkering operation.

Gas Vitality is owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), chartered by TotalEnergies and managed by V.Ships France. Operational since December 2021, it is based in the Port of Marseille-Fos, Southern France, and serves the Mediterranean region. 

 

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Published: 18 March 2024

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