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Pilbara Clean Fuels receives preliminary results of studies on eLNG plant project in Port Hedland

Project is in response to anticipated demand of LNG bunker fuel supply at Port Hedland, thereby enabling large ore carrier to complete round-trip voyages to North Asia and back on a single bunker.

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Pilbara Clean Fuels Pty Ltd (PCF) on Friday (3 February) said it is pursuing development of an electrified liquefied natural gas (eLNG) plant in Port Hedland, Western Australia, principally for the production of marine bunker fuel.

The firm said it has received preliminary results from the pre-feasibility studies being conducted by Technip Energies and other contractors, and is currently targeting the end of March 2023 for completion of the first stage study phase.

Large Ore Carrier (LOC) vessels transport dry bulk product from Port Hedland mainly to China, South Korea and Japan. With the drive for international shipping to switch to lower emissions fuel alternatives, the use of LNG as a bunker fuel is increasing rapidly. However, LNG bunker fuel supply availability is a key element. The Project is in response to anticipated demand at Port Hedland, thereby enabling LOC’s to complete round-trip voyages to North Asia and back on a single bunker.

On 5 January 2023, PCF announced it had signed an exclusive MoU partnering with Oceania Marine Energy (OME), a firm developing a marine bunkering service capability based on the charter and operation of purpose-designed LNG bunker vessels. OME’s re-fuelling concept is ship-to-ship bunkering of LOC’s while at anchor off Port Hedland. 

By adopting an electrified plant concept and outsourcing its power supply from predominantly renewable sources, the design aims to minimise Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions. Another key feature is a ‘toll-processing’ business model. The Project proposes to convert third-party owned Western Australia sourced natural gas into marine fuel LNG under long term tolling contract arrangements.

The worldwide iron ore, steel-making and associated supply chain is under increasing pressure to reduce its overall lifecycle GHG emissions. The Project provides an attractive new Western Australia based capability to respond to one of the ‘hard to abate’ parts of the supply chain.

The Project can be seen as implementation of the Western Australian Government’s stated desire for LNG bunkering. A legitimate new use for relatively low-cost natural gas to add value to the State’s mineral resource exports as a result of substantial lowering of overall lifecycle GHG emissions compared to other minerals exporting locations.

PCF expects to be able to announce commercial progress of the Project once the result of the initial pre-feasibility work is finalized, leading to further engagement with State Government, Pilbara Ports Authority, international shipping industry representatives, investors and other stakeholders.

PCF Managing Director, Robert Malabar, said: “We are pleased to be able to report encouraging progress of the pre-feasibility study work, along with favourable interest in the project shown by the International Shipping Industry community. The project follows the industry precedent, already set, for the novel commercial model where a minerals exporter has arranged LNG bunkering for its chartered shipping, initially in an ‘off-route’ third country. The project provides the opportunity for similar but enhanced value as a result of a new ‘en-route’ LNG bunkering capability.”

Related: Oceania Marine Energy and Pilbara Clean Fuels sign MoU for LNG marine fuel bunkering
Related: Australia: McGowan Government advancing to establish LNG bunkering hub in Pilbara

 

Photo credit: Technip Energies
Published: 7 February, 2023

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

Naming ceremony and delivery of vessel, organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, marked entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

French shipping giant on Wednesday (19 June) said it celebrated the naming ceremony and delivery of its fourth LNG-fuelled container ship, CMA CGM Tivoli.

Organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, on 16 June, the event marked the official entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

“Featuring optimised features for 45-foot containers, increased capacity for refrigerated containers, and innovative forward accommodation to enhance cargo loading and aerodynamics, CMA CGM Tivoli distinguishes itself with a high ‘length to beam" ratio to maximise hydrodynamic efficiency,” the firm said in a social media post. 

“She departed the shipyard on June 15th, 2024, bound for Busan. We wish fair winds and smooth seas to Captain Artur Dumbrov and his crew.” 

 

Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 21 June, 2024

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan’s first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan's first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, on Wednesday (19 June) said it has received orders from Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping for Japan's first methanol-fueled roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ships. 

The two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

The ships will be approximately 169.9 meters in overall length and 30.2 meters in breadth, with 15,750 gross tonnage, and loading capacity for around 2,300 passenger vehicles.

A windscreen at the bow and a vertical stem are used to reduce propulsion resistance, while fuel efficiency is improved by employing MHI's proprietary energy-saving system technology combing high-efficiency propellers and high-performance rudders with reduced resistance. 

The main engine is a high-performance dual-fuel engine that can use both methanol and A heavy fuel oil, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. 

In the future, the use of green methanol(2) may lead to further reduction in CO2 emissions, including throughout the lifecycle of the fuel. Methanol-fueled RORO ships have already entered into service as ocean-going vessels around the world, but this is the first construction of coastal vessels for service in Japan.

In addition, the significant increase in vehicle loading capacity and transport capacity per voyage compared to conventional vessels will provide greater leeway in the ship allocation schedule, securing more holiday and rest time for the crew, thereby contributing to working style reforms.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, to address the growing needs from the modal shift in marine transport against the backdrop of CO2 reductions in land transportation, labor shortages, and working style reforms, will continue to work with its business partners to provide solutions for a range of societal issues by building ferries and RORO vessels with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance that contribute to stable navigation for customers.

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Maersk and Nike to christen methanol-fuelled boxship at Port of Los Angeles in August

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers, the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor.

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A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) on Wednesday (19 June) said it will be christening one of the world’s first methanol-enabled vessels when it arrives in Los Angeles this August.

The firm invited the public to go aboard the container ship in Los Angeles.

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers (TEU), the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at the Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor on Tuesday, August 27. 

Maersk’s CEO Vincent Clerc will be on hand, alongside special guest speakers from Nike and leading state and local officials. Nike is a partner in the name-giving event.

“Nike is committed to protecting the future of sport and we leverage science-based targets to guide us through our Move to Zero journey,” said Venkatesh Alagirisamy, Nike Chief Supply Chain Officer.

“Operating one of the largest supply chains in the world, we have a responsibility to advance the innovation and use of more sustainable methods that get us closer to zero carbon and zero waste. By working with suppliers like Maersk, who share our commitment to sustainability, we are scaling our use of biofuels in ocean transportation, our main first-mile delivery channel.”

“This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable engineering achievement, but the chance to highlight that we can navigate towards more sustainable supply chains if we work together,” said Charles van der Steene, Regional President for Maersk North America.

On Wednesday, August 28, Maersk invites the public to tour the 350-meter-long vessel, which will be sailing from Asia. Visitors will be able to see the Sailors’ living quarters and even stand on the bridge from where the captain controls the vessel. Public tours will require visitors register for a free ticket via an online registration site that will be activated and announced in August.

This is the fifth container vessel in Maersk’s fleet that can sail on green methanol bunker fuel.

 

Photo credit: A.P. Moller – Maersk
Published: 20 June, 2024

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