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RINA and partners to develop LNG production and bunkering concept in Port Hedland

PCF, Oceania and RINA have agreed to collaborate to develop an ‘end-to-end’ low-carbon profile LNG production and marine vessel bunkering capability concept for the port of Port Hedland.

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RINA and partners to develop LNG production and bunkering concept in Port Hedland

Classification society RINA on Wednesday (29 November) said it entered into a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pilbara Clean Fuels Pty Ltd (PCF) and Oceania Marine Energy. 

Under the terms of the MoU, PCF, Oceania and RINA have agreed to collaborate to develop an ‘end-to-end’ low-carbon profile LNG production and marine vessel bunkering capability concept for the port of Port Hedland. 

RINA said Pilbara Clean Fuels Pty Ltd is progressing a development concept for a new, mid-scale, low carbon footprint LNG plant to be located at Port Hedland in Western Australia, the world’s largest iron ore export port. 

The project will provide an Australian LNG fuel supply capability through a new facility for the conversion of pipeline natural gas to LNG, responding to market demand for cleaner marine bunker fuel for dry-bulk iron ore carriers operating ‘round-trip’ voyages between the Pilbara and Asia.

Market studies show increasing worldwide adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, with supply availability one of the key drivers. The base-case plant capacity is 0.5 Mtpa, with market analysis for Port Hedland alone (not counting other major Pilbara ports) indicating potential demand of 1.0 Mtpa by 2030.   

A key feature of the project is an electrified plant with outsourced power supplied predominantly from renewable sources. The design intent is to significantly reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions compared to conventional LNG plants. Thereby providing an ability for round-trip voyages bunkering in Port Hedland to achieve substantially lower overall GHG life-cycle emissions than other options.    

The LNG re-fuelling concept is based on ship-to-ship bunkering of vessels while at anchor off Port Hedland.  

Oceania Marine Energy is developing a LNG marine fuel bunkering service capability based on the charter, ship management and operation of purpose-designed LNG bunker vessels. The vessels are to be provided by Norwegian ship-owner Kanfer Shipping.  

RINA also said it was developing a concept for a new 209,000 DWT ‘Newcastlemax’ dry-bulk ship design with an innovative LNG marine fuel system involving pre-combustion carbon removal and hydrogen production, with the objective of meeting and exceeding IMO 2050 emissions reduction marine vessel Carbon Intensity Index (CII) objectives.

The RINA fuel system concept involves the capture, onboard storage and offloading of liquefied carbon dioxide or solid carbon at loading or discharge ports for onshore handling, monetisation or disposal. The concept provides a credible line-of-sight pathway to ‘zero emissions’ for the application of LNG as a marine fuel. 

“By solving the historic criticism of LNG as being only a ‘transition fuel’, rather than having a long-term future as a ‘zero emissions’ fuel, this solution is likely to be welcomed by the marine engineering community due to the extensive maritime operational experience of LNG and its known safe handling characteristics,” it said. 

The trio noted that the Pilbara to Asia dry-bulk trade route is particularly suited for early adoption of the pre-combustion carbon removal and hydrogen production onboard concept due to proposed availability of low carbon intensity LNG bunkering at Port Hedland, along with an ability for offloading carbon dioxide or solid carbon and a variety of monetisation or disposal options.   

PCF Managing Director, Robert Malabar, said: “Along with our existing partners Oceania, we are delighted to have formed the new collaborative relationship with RINA. The partnership has the ability to demonstrate an attractive commercial development strategy to meet not only the immediate needs of IMO 2030 emissions compliance, but the engineering step-change needed to create a practical path to IMO 2050 net-zero emissions objectives. We know the maritime community is happy with LNG as a marine fuel. We believe the outcome of the studies should provide compelling argument in support of the Western Australian Government’s May 2020 announcement to “Create an International LNG Fuelling Hub in the Pilbara”.    

Oceania Managing Director, Nick Bentley, said: “Oceania, PCF, and now collaboration with RINA, heralds the beginning of a new decarbonisation initiative in Western Australia, enabling a much-needed lower-carbon fuel source for shipping. The Oceania and PCF collaboration is aimed at providing a supply capability for low-carbon footprint LNG, for the first time available on-route to the Australia - Asia iron ore shipping fleets. RINA adds to that with new ship and fuel system design enabling LNG to be viewed as a potential future zero-emissions marine fuel.”  

“Together we are excited to participate in developing Australia’s primary green corridor for shipping, supporting significant emission reductions in the short term, and in the future, for a maritime trade route critically important to Western Australia’s economy."

RINA Marine Consulting Executive Vice President, Massimo Volta, said: “The combined knowledge and expertise of PCF, Oceania and RINA will allow a comprehensive approach to the project, rather than to the single phases, that will actually maximise the emissions reduction effort.”

“The shipping industry is living a time of uncertainty that still requires immediate investments. Port Hedland is the world's biggest iron ore export point and providing such system with a solution that allows a more flexible transition while achieving IMO 2050 targets with an existing fuel will be a massive contribution to the path to West Australia green corridor.” 

Manifold Times previously reported Oceania Marine Energy signed an exclusive MoU with PCF on 19 December 2022 to facilitate collaboration to provide a ’low-carbon footprint’ LNG production and marine bunkering capability at Port Hedland.

Related: Oceania Marine Energy and Pilbara Clean Fuels sign MoU for LNG marine fuel bunkering

Photo credit: RINA
Published: 30 November, 2023

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

SEA-LNG said move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP), a joint-venture between Seapath Group, one of the maritime subsidiaries of the Libra Group, and Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot), a Houston-based clean energy solutions company, has joined SEA-LNG, according to the latter on Wednesday (21 February). 

SEA-LNG said the move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

GLBP was announced in September 2023 and will develop, construct and operate the US Gulf Coast’s first dedicated facility supporting the fuelling of LNG-powered vessels, expected to be operational late-2026.

The shore-based LNG liquefaction facility will be located on Shoal Point in Texas City, part of the greater Houston-Galveston port complex, one of the busiest ports in the USA. This is a strategic location for cruise ship LNG bunkering in US waters, as well as for international ship-to-ship bunkering and cool-down services. GLBP will offer cost-effective turn-key LNG supply solutions to meet growing demand for the cleaner fuel in the USA and Gulf of Mexico.

Jonathan Cook, Pilot CEO, said: “With an initial investment of approximately $180 million, our LNG bunkering facility will supply a vital global and U.S. trade corridor with cleaner marine fuel. We recognise that SEA-LNG is a leading partner and a key piece of the LNG bunkering sector, and will give us access to insights and expertise across the entire LNG supply chain.

“LNG supports environmental goals and human health by offering ship operators immediate reductions in CO2 emissions and virtually eliminating harmful local emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.”

President of Seapath, Joshua Lubarsky, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the decarbonization of the maritime industry through strategic, and much needed, investments into the supply of alternative fuels.  We are also happy to be a part of SEA-LNG which has done a wonderful job in advocating for advancements in technology in this vital sector.”

Chairman of SEA-LNG Peter Keller, said: “We’re proud to welcome another leading LNG supplier to the coalition and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. With every investment in supply infrastructure in the US and worldwide, the LNG pathway’s head start increases. Global availability, alongside bio-LNG and e-LNG development, makes LNG the practical and realistic route to maritime decarbonisation.

“All alternative fuels exist on a pathway from grey, fossil-based fuels to green, bio or renewable fuels. Green fuels represent a scarce resource and many have scalability issues, so we must start our net-zero journey today with grey fuels. LNG is the only grey fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, well-to-wake, so you need less green fuel than alternatives to improve emissions performance.”

 

Photo credit: SEA-LNG
Published: 23 February, 2024

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DNV FuelBoss coverage expands to include conventional bunker fuels, whitelisting by MPA in process

Development to introduce e-BDN equivalent systems for Singapore’s bunkering sector will likely result in about USD 50 million in savings when considering the annual bunker volume at the republic.

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Classification society DNV’s digital bunkering delivery platform FuelBoss has recently expanded operations to include conventional bunker fuels, learned Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

To date, the independent platform has started facilitating conventional marine fuel deliveries in Europe and is in the process of being whitelisted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The Port of Singapore, under the purview of MPA, is planning to make digital bunkering a mandatory requirement by end of 2024 through the introduction of e-BDNs within marine fuel transactions.

The development to introduce e-BDN equivalent systems to boost efficiency and transparency for Singapore’s bunkering sector will likely result in savings of USD 1 for every metric tonne of bunker fuel, or about USD 50 million when considering the annual bunker volume at the republic, believes Martin Wold, Head of FuelBoss at DNV.

“FuelBoss acts as an independent, one-stop shop for digital delivery. With FuelBoss and DNV, our customers can be sure they get a future proof solution and trusted partner in terms of handling all types of marine fuels and managing the energy transition by a truly independent service provider,” said Wold.

“We know by experience that new fuels bring additional operational and commercial complexity along with new requirements along the supply chain. Flexibility and scalability are key in solving these requirements, which is built into the very core of our platform.

“Many people ask what the value and return on investment is for digitalisation, and we at FuelBoss tell them it is immediate.

“The value of digitalisation far exceeds the fees of being charged on the systems and in FuelBoss’ case we already have multiple studies proving bunker suppliers can save roughly USD 1 pmt (per metric tonne) for every delivery.

“This is mainly due to increased utilisation of bunker tankers from time saved through the elimination of manual data entry, reduced cost of capital from timely and verifiable documentation, and more time-efficient back-office processing.”

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Overcoming digital pain points

The introduction of e-BDN will result in the bunkering industry adopting to new ways of working. Disruption, however, could be kept to a minimum with the right solution, according to Wold.

“Introducing new ways of working is always challenging. Hence, what is so important when driving digitalisation is having the user in mind to make life onboard bunker vessels easier,” he explains, highlighting the user-friendliness and intuitiveness of FuelBoss.

Wold notes user feedback has shown the solution requires minimal training – just a 30-minute introduction before actual implementation (for bunker crew and receiving vessel).

“This is why we put a lot of effort into having FuelBoss mirror the behaviour of using apps on a phone to complete everyday tasks [i.e. ordering food, transportation] so as to build a smooth user experience.”

Data integration – A common void of bunker suppliers

Experience from speaking with several bunker suppliers, meanwhile, has taught Wold of a common void typically found in bunker suppliers. This is where the importance of engaging a solution with good data integration for enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites come into play.

“From what we have seen almost every supplier has a gap in their IT system set-ups,” he shares.

“On the front end, they have good systems for quotations, enquiries, order confirmations and so on. They also have good systems in the back end for handling invoicing, finance, and risk management.

“However, there is always a gap in the middle for the bunker delivery phase. Lacking digital systems, suppliers use tools like spreadsheets, PDFs and pen and paper; this is the gap FuelBoss fills – to link the front and back ends of a bunker transaction together.”

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FuelBoss and Veracity link up

Speaking of integration, Wold points out that eBDNs, and their corresponding emissions values, can be further linked between FuelBoss and DNV’s Veracity –  an independent industry platform tracking operational vessel data (OVD) of over 35,000 vessels – to enhance overall value proposition for bunker suppliers to clients.

“The marine fuel delivered by suppliers can be supplemented with data points on carbon intensity and emission certificates,” he states.

“These data points will be important for emissions reporting, and it makes sense to integrate them into Veracity to enable the full automation that we see many shipowners are looking for.

“Bunker suppliers using FuelBoss can actually help enable that for their customers.”

Security and trust – Core values of DNV

Moving forward, Wold notes that standardisation and cyber security are important values for achieving robust digital ecosystems.

“Security is a top priority of DNV. We are one of the largest providers of cyber security services within Europe and we are leveraging inhouse expertise for FuelBoss,” he says.

“Most importantly, DNV is an independent classification society trusted for 160 years. Our core value resonates well with the direction the bunker industry is now taking, where digitalisation is one of first steps towards increased transparency and accountability.”

To date, FuelBoss has completed more than 2,500 liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker deliveries across Europe, US and Asia, and has recently expanded operations to include conventional fuels.

DNV has since partnered with a local player in Singapore to adapt and roll out FuelBoss on board their bunker vessel. Bunkering trials using the digital tool are expected to take place soon.

“The expansion of FuelBoss to cover all marine fuels comes at a timely juncture ahead of MPA’s mandate for e-BDNs by the end of 2024,” explains Wold.

“With a proven track record for FuelBoss in other regions, we are both eager and humble to work with and learn from the stakeholders in Singapore, to reap the benefits of digitalisation and support the transition towards a multi-fuel future.

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Photo credit: DNV
Published: 22 February 2024

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Titan completes successful LNG bunkering op of E&S Tankers ship in Antwerp

Bunker barge “FlexFueler001” delivered 110 mt of LNG bunker fuel to chemical tanker “Liselotte Esberger”, marking a milestone since it was the first time Titan delivered to a vessel of E&S Tankers.

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Titan completes successful LNG bunkering op of E&S Tankers ship in Antwerp

LNG bunker fuel supplier Titan on Monday (19 February) said it executed a successful LNG bunkering operation for E&S Tankers, a joint venture of Essberger Tankers and Stolt Tankers as an operator of chemical tankers within Europe. 

The refuelling operation took place at the port of Antwerp on 15 January. 

“Our vessel, FlexFueler001, flawlessly delivered 110 mt of LNG to the Liselotte Esberger, marking a milestone since it is the first time we deliver to a vessel of E&S Tankers,” it said in a social media post. 

“This operation underscores our dedication to sustainable shipping practices and showcases our commitment to environmentally friendly solutions. We're proud to collaborate with E&S Tankers and look forward to furthering our shared mission.”

Titan completes successful LNG bunkering op of E&S Tankers ship in Antwerp

According to E&S Tankers website, the 7,135 dwt Liselotte Essberger arrived in Hamburg from a shipyard in China on 5 December 2023 and was christened the following day.  

The vessel is first of a total of four newbuildings ordered by the firm that are equipped with LNG dual-fuel engines.

Related: E&S Tankers launches second LNG dual fuel chemical tanker “John T. Essberger”

 

Photo credit: Titan and E&S Tankers
Published: 20 February, 2024

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