Monthly Archives: March 2014

GTT Gets ABS Nod for LNG Barge

March 31, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

212-Foot Vessel Designed for Versatility, Ability to Handle Boil-Off,
The Cryogenic Liner Is Directly Supported by the Vessel’s Inner Hull

Houston-based GTT North America reports ABS approval in principle for its design of a 2,200-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. The design incorporates GTT’s membrane for cargo containment technology, which the company says is used in 70% of the global LNG carrier fleet and nearly 90% of LNG carrier projects on order.

RSL for Fiber-Optic Methane Detection

March 26, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Mining, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lighting Specialist Applies Technology to Mine, Ship, Facility Safety,
Potential Customers Include Tote Ship Converter/Builder GD Nassco

Connecticut’s RSL Fiber Systems has adapted its technology for lighting to spectroscopy-based methane detection, which it says is fully passive for both detection and transmission of data, and doesn’t have the problems, such as EMI (electromagnetic interference) of competing systems. updated March 28

RSL Fiber Systems methane detection sensor unit

RSL Fiber Systems methane detection sensor unit

What’s more, the company says, the fiber-optic detector detectors don’t share the problem of failing to react when methane concentrations become too high, as can occur in an emergency situation.

As RSL recently explained to the U.S. Coast Guard, “a number of methane detectors such as the catalytic type will not detect methane when the concentration exceeds the upper flammable limit (UFL) of 15%-17%.

Self-Calibrating, with No Power Needed at the Sensors

“An LNG leak in a confined space may exceed the UFL rapidly, faster than the detector sampling rate,” RSL says.

“Our system measures from zero up to 100% because it uses spectroscopy,” says RSL president and CTO Giovanni Tomasi.

“Fixed gas detectors can be installed in the proximity of equipment most likely to have gas leaks,” the company says, and “can be networked to a control center that monitors the methane level, calibrates the sensors remotely, and verifies the integrity of the sensing cells.”

RSL’s fiber-optic methane sensing system was initially developed for use in coal mines under a grant from NIOSH, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

The technology, RSL says, “is being adapted to detect gas leaks on machinery with LNG-powered propulsion systems and on LNG and FLNG processing operations. Since the system uses a low power laser and detectors located outside of the sensing area, with no electrical cables or electrical power at the sensing cells in the zones where gas is being detected, it continues to operate even in the event that power in the machinery space is shut off.

Energy E&P Potential Too

“The gas sensing cells self-calibrate every time a measurement is taken and continue to function accurately even 90% blocked by dirt and contaminants,” states an RSL summary.  “System sensitivity from 0.025% to 100% methane concentrations insures the full range of detection.” The RSL package also include data logging.

Potential marine customers include GD Nassco, Tomasi told HHP Insight. GD Nassco is the San Diego company that’s converting two large Tote container ships to LNG dual fuel operation and is building two new ones.

Tomasi also sees a market in the energy exploration and production sector as methane emissions come under increasing scrutiny behind greenhouse gas concerns.

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Source: RSL Fiber Systems with HHP Insight follow-up

Wärtsilä’s New 46DF Dual Fuel Engine

March 26, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Separately, New 50DF Two-Stroke Chosen for China LNG Carrier

Wärtsilä, an avowed advocate of dual fuel technology for marine LNG, has introduced a new engine, the 46DF. “Compared to any other alternative currently available on the market,” the manufacturer says, the 46DF’s “specific fuel consumption is lower, output is remarkably higher, and lifecycle costs are extremely attractive.”

GLMRI Reports on LNG for Ohio River

March 26, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Natural Fit’ for Cargo Towboats But Obstacles Remain

Liquefied natural gas could be a clean and ultimately economical fuel for cargo barges plying the Ohio River, but familiar obstacles impede deployment, states a report by the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

DNV GL Blogs on LNG: 100 Ships

March 24, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  1 Comments

‘A Remarkable Change of Opinion in the Industry’

DNV GL has issued a blog post celebrating a major milestone: the liquefied natural gas transportation sector now boast 100 ocean-going vessels either in service or on order worldwide. We hereby present the post by Martin Christian Wold in its entirety…

Shell Throttles Back Its LNG Plans

March 24, 2014 in Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Jumping Pound in Alberta Canceled, Geismar and Sarnia on Hold

Shell is cutting back its plans for producing liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel, canceling a liquefaction facility at its Jumping Pound plant in Alberta, and placing plans for Geismar, La. and Sarnia, Ont. – intended to serve the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes, respectively – on hold.

TriZen Reports on LNG: Nordic No More

March 23, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘It Is Now Firmly in the Frame as a Serious Fuel of Choice’

Tri-Zen International's March 2014 LNG Bunkers: Coming of Age

Tri-Zen’s March 2014 LNG Bunkers: Coming of Age

“Things have moved on a long way for LNG as a marine fuel in the past year,” says Singapore-based Tri-Zen International, which has issued a new report on liquefied natural gas titled LNG Bunkers: Coming of Age.

“LNG as a marine fuel can no longer be described as a Nordic curiosity,” Tri-Zen says. “It is now firmly in the frame as a serious fuel of choice in trucks, mining and off-road, railroads and marine… Ship operators are beginning to ‘see the light.’”

“Big ships are, or soon will, be operating on both sides of the Atlantic and burning gas.”

“There will be around 50 LNG-fueled vessels in service by the end of 2015 covering a range of sizes and duties,” Tri-Zen says.


The introduction of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) in August 2012 was a “watershed” event, Tri-Zen says, bringing with it “a minor and welcome resurgence in USA shipbuilding.

'Time to join up the dots,' Tri-Zen says.

‘Time to join up the dots,’ Tri-Zen says.

“Europe is also making steady progress and we now expect to see the pattern followed globally,” states the report.

“Shippers need the assurance that if they make the investment in cleaner, more efficient and more cost effective tonnage (good for all of us), that their vision is matched with the counter-assurance that they can refuel wherever they ply their trade. We need to see a global LNG bunkering network emerge fast. Time to join up the dots.”

Tri-Zen 11-page LNG Bunkers includes a summary of major LNG marine news from Asia, Europe and North America, covering orders for new LNG vessels, and technological options.

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Source: Tri-Zen International with HHP Insight follow-up

Lloyd’s Reports on LNG: Be Patient

March 23, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Segments with Higher Proportion of Small Ships See the Highest LNG Uptake,’
Says Study Conducted with the Energy Institute at University College London

“A complete overturn of the marine fuel landscape is not realistic in just over 16 years,” says a new report from Lloyd’s Register. “What we see is an evolution rather than a revolution,” says a summary of Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030.

The 60-page report, which examines three major global economic scenarios, finds that LNG will garner a deep sea bunker market share of 11% in 2030. “Segments with the higher proportion of small ships see the highest LNG uptake,” Lloyd’s notes. LNG may account for 31% of the fuel used by tankers.

Heavy fuel oil will remain the dominant fuel for deep sea shipping and LNG will have garnered a deep sea bunker market share of no more than 11% by 2030, predicts a study from Lloyd’s Register and University College London’s Energy Institute.

Heavy fuel oil will remain the dominant fuel for deep sea shipping and LNG will have garnered a deep sea bunker market share of no more than 11% by 2030, predicts a study from Lloyd’s Register and University College London’s Energy Institute.

Heavy fuel oil will remain dominant, Lloyd’s says, accounting for as much as 66% of the overall 2030 mix (depending on global trends).

Not Saying It Won’t

The slow penetration of liquefied natural gas must be seen in context, Lloyd’s says, citing “a matter of perspective: from a non-existent share of the marine market in 2010, LNG will have 5-10% share in 20 years.

“We are not saying that LNG will not be the fuel of the future. But that seeing new ships built with LNG today (many of which in niche markets/short-sea shipping) and overturning the marine fuel landscape in less than a ship’s lifetime are two entirely different discussions.”

Déjà Vu?

“If we extrapolate the past experience (single engine combusting fossil fuel for the last century) to the future,” Lloyd’s marine director Tom Boardley says in an introduction,  “then perhaps it is not a surprise to anticipate that ships built in 2030 may not be dramatically different than the ships of today.”

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Source: Lloyd’s Register with HHP Insight follow-up





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ABS Reports on LNG Bunkering Regulation

March 22, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Practical Guidance for Meeting Regulatory Requirements’


Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America

The U.S. classification society ABS has released a report titled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America. The organization’s goal is to provide guidance to potential owners and operators of gas-fueled vessels, as well as LNG bunkering vessels and facilities, to help them obtain regulatory approval for their projects.

Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas, ABS says, takes a broad look at the emerging requirements of the International Maritime Organization, the U.S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “and the many state and local authorities involved in a bunkering project.”

‘Visionaries Who Properly Plan Can Be Successful’

The 122-page ABS document includes a recommended process for meeting those requirements and obtaining approval for the LNG bunkering infrastructure project.

“As the potential for LNG fueled vessels in North America continues to grow, uncertainty exists on how to meet various regulatory requirements, ABS global gas solutions VP Patrick Janssens says in a release.

“It has become very clear to us while conducting this study that the visionary projects teams who properly plan their path to compliance can be successful… This report lays out an integrated approach to addressing the federal, state, provincial and local requirements that may impact LNG bunkering infrastructure. The ABS Global Gas Solutions team is prepared to help stakeholders successfully address each level of regulatory compliance,” Janssens said.

‘First Comprehensive Study of Its Kind’

The report includes information on

  • reviewing potential bunkering options;
  • identifying potential hazards and risks and recommending potential safeguards; and
  • presenting state, local and port-specific issues; while
  • summarizing applicable regulations and outlining a process for meeting those requirements and ultimately obtaining project approval.

“This is the first comprehensive study of its kind that clearly identifies a path forward for regulatory approval of LNG bunkering practices and infrastructure in North America,” ABS global initiatives VP Chuck Mitchell.

“This report is only one step in the continued development of robust LNG service offerings of ABS and ABS Group,” Mitchell said. “As we learn more from each project, and as regulatory requirements mature, we will continue to update this report in order to provide industry-leading advice to stakeholders in the LNG fuel market.”

The ABS Global Gas Solutions team, formed last year (HHP Insight, August 28) “brings together gas specialists with extensive knowledge of LNG floating structures and systems, gas fuel systems and equipment, gas carriers, and regulatory and statutory requirements.”

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Source: ABS with HHP Insight follow-up


GFES Gear For Sale by Gordon Brothers

March 20, 2014 in Companies, E&P Operations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Green Field’s Turbine and Trucks and Pumps and More
‘Largest Disposition Project That this Industry Has Seen’

Boston’s Gordon Brothers is handling the sale of turbine-powered and related hydraulic fracturing equipment from Green Field Energy Services, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 27.

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