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SMW 2019: Winners announced for ‘Low Cost LNG Retrofit Challenge’

NTU, DNV GL and Shell host competition finding ways to fit fuel gas system to an existing ocean-going vessel.

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), international quality assurance and risk management firm DNV GL, and global energy company Shell, organised a national competition to develop green solutions for the shipping industry.

Dubbed the ‘Low Cost LNG Retrofit (LCLR) Challenge’, the competition aims to explore ideas that could help reduce the cost of retrofitting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas system to an existing ocean-going vessel.

This would allow shipping companies to embrace cleaner fuels and reduce harmful emissions, including adhering to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) stringent guidelines on ship emissions that comes into effect from 2020.

Held from July to December 2018, the competition attracted over 60 participants from NTU, the National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Technology, and Newcastle University Singapore.

Participants were encouraged to develop cost effective and radical LNG fuel gas system designs and installation concepts that could be retrofitted to an existing vessel with a conventional fuel oil system.

Two teams from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and one from SIT-Newcastle University were named as commendation award winners, with each group receiving SG $5,000 each.

Professor Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation (NRF) presented the prizes at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC) 2019 this afternoon.

The proposals by the three teams outlined ways to reduce costs and streamline retrofitting operations such as using alternative materials to store LNG fuel, improved methods to install LNG fuel systems and alternative methods to speed up retrofitting process.

The proposals include using manganese-steel as a cheaper and viable alternative to the current nickel-based steels, factoring in the material’s tensile strength and feasibility to store LNG fuel at cryogenic temperatures (below 150 degrees Celsius).

A panel of international experts from NTU, Shell, DNV GL, Keppel Offshore and Marine, WinGD, Wartsila, Sembcorp Marine, Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) judged all project proposals.

The competition is part of efforts of NTU’s Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence (MESD) to deepen Singapore’s maritime R&D capabilities and position the country as a global maritime knowledge and innovation hub. Launched in October 2017, MESD is jointly funded by SMI and NTU.

Photo credit: Nanyang Technological University
Published: 11 April, 2019

 

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

“Clean Canaveral” and “Clean Everglades” provided LNG bunker fuel to cruise ships “Disney Wish” and Royal Caribbean’s “Utopia of the Seas” respectively.

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Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

Two ATB tug-barges provided ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of two LNG-powered homeported cruise ships at Port Canaveral, a first for in North America, according to Canaveral Port Authority on Tuesday (23 July).

The sister vessels Clean Canaveral and Clean Everglades provided LNG bunker fuel to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish and Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas respectively while each vessel was alongside their cruise terminals.

In a social media post, Canaveral Port Authority said JAX LNG, a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Seaside LNG, was the fuel supplier.

“Port Canaveral made history in early 2021 as America's first cruise port capable of handling cleaner burning LNG fuel operations for cruise ships with the LNG bunkering for Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras,” the port authority said. 

 

Photo credit: Canaveral Port Authority
Published: 25 July 2024

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