ABS, Partners Target LNG Bulk Carriers

June 9, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG-Fueled Vessels Are to Go Big with ‘Project Forward,’
Wärtsilä Says Its 31DF Is Likely to Power the New Breed

ABS and partners are re-doubling their efforts to bring liquefied natural gas fuel to a large and challenging marine market – the long-range bulk carrier. ABS is teamed with Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and now Wärtsilä for “Project Forward” for the design and eventual deployment of LNG-powered vessels with membrane fuel tanks.

Cheniere Ships First LNG Export Cargo

March 9, 2016 in LNG, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ABS Celebrates Vessel It Classed with GTT Membrane Tanks

The classification society ABS is celebrating late February’s first export of LNG by Cheniere Energy from the Sabine Pass terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast, noting that the facility’s “commissioning cargo” was carried by the ABS-classed Asia Vision.

GTT Gets Class Society Nods on LNG

December 3, 2015 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ABS for WesPac Barge, BV and LR for New Concept Vessel

GTT reports classification society approvals for liquefied natural gas-carrying vessels using its structural membrane containment designs.

Deltamarin and Arista for LNG Ships

October 21, 2015 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Project Forward’ Joint Development Initiative with ABS and GTT
Targets LNG-Fueled Bulk Carriers, Both Newbuilds and Retrofits

Partners including Deltamarin, Arista Shipping, ABS and GTT are cooperating “to equip the dry bulk carriers of the future with LNG propulsion.” updated October 26

Sandia Leads Study of SF Hydrogen Ferry

July 29, 2015 in hydrogen, Marine, Studies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘SF-Breeze’ Partners Include San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet

Sandia National Laboratories and San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet are collaborating on a high-speed, hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger ferry and fueling station. MARAD, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration, is funding a feasibility study to examine technical, regulatory and economic aspects. updated July 30

ABS Issues New LNG Bunkering Advisory

June 4, 2015 in LNG, Marine, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Benefits & Challenges from the Perspective of Fuel Providers & Operators’

ABS this morning issued a new bulletin on liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel with a focus on LNG bunkering. The 68-page LNG Bunkering: Technical and Operational Advisory “explores the benefits, challenges, and solutions associated with fuelling vessels equipped with LNG power systems,” the classification society says.

'Not only the benefits, but the challenges.'

‘Not only the benefits, but the challenges.’

“Ship owners, operators, designers and shipyards around the world are considering the advantages that operating on natural gas may provide,” ABS global gas solutions director Roy Bleiberg notes in a release.

“However, when considering any new or evolving technology, it is important to have a clear understanding of not only the benefits, but the challenges that may be involved,” Bleiberg said.

Potential Solutions & Current Practices

The Advisory offers an extensive overview of potential solutions and current practices associated with LNG bunkering from the perspectives of an LNG fuel provider and gas fueled vessel operator.

“Some of the key areas that are addressed in this Advisory are properties of LNG, critical design issues, operational issues aboard the gas fueled ship as well as bunkering vessels, proper procedures, crew training and the means to promote safe operations with needed risk assessments,” Bleiberg said.

Lots of Experience

ABS notes that established its Global Gas Solutions team in August 2013. “Since then, it has been awarded several precedent-setting contracts that have reaffirmed its position as a leading provider of classification services to the gas segment.”

ABS’s list of awards includes classification contracts for

  • the world’s first LNG-fueled containership;
  • North America’s first LNG barge;
  • the world’s first very large ethane carrier;
  • the world’s first compressed natural gas carrier;
  • and the first dual-fueled offshore supply vessel built in North America.

Direct Link to ABS Bunkering Advisory (PDF)

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Source: ABS with HHP Insight follow-up

LNG Ready, You Say? ABS Defines It

December 12, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels ‘for Clients Who Wish to Plan’

The Houston-based classification society ABS (aka the American Bureau of Shipping) has published a Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels with notations reflecting increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel.


Cat Marine Webinar on August 28

August 16, 2014 in Event/Meeting, HHP Summit 2014, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Marine LNG Strategy as an HHP Summit 2014 Preview

Caterpillar Marine and HHP Summit 2014 organizer GNA are hosting a webinar covering Cat’s marine LNG strategy as a preview to the October Summit in New Orleans.

Caterpillar Marine Power’s MaK M 46 DF

Caterpillar shipped its first LNG-diesel dual fuel MaK engine, an M 46 DF, for a German cruise ship, last year.

The free webinar featuring Caterpillar Marine new product introduction manager Leif Gross takes place on Thursday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.

“The one-hour webinar was developed to provide a preview of the programming that will be offered at the 2014 HHP Summit, the industry’s premier event on high-horsepower, natural gas applications across multiple sectors,” says returning gold sponsor Cat.

A ‘Comprehensive’ Range

Caterpillar says it “will highlight its comprehensive dual fuel and natural gas offerings for the oil and gas, rail, marine and mining industries” in New Orleans.

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates president Cliff Gladstein will moderate the one-hour webinar on August 28.

Also slated to speak is Roy Bleiberg, gas solutions director at ABS.

HHP Summit 2014 takes place October 7-9 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
in New Orleans.

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Source: Caterpillar and GNA with HHP Insight follow-up

ABS for Singapore, ABS for Indonesia

July 30, 2014 in CNG, Companies, LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MoU with Singapore Port Authority on Future Fuels
As ABS Is to Classify ‘the World’s First’ CNG Carrier

The classification society ABS has reported two major developments in the Far East: ABS has an MoU with MPA, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, to collaborate on R&D; and reports that it’s been chosen to class “the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier,” a vessel for Indonesia.

ABS and Daewoo for First LNG Drillship

July 2, 2014 in Companies, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Targeting the Gulf of Mexico as a Key Market’

The U.S. classification society ABS said today that it’s collaborating with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to develop the industry’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled drillship.

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