SEA\LNG to Promote Gas as Marine Fuel

July 14, 2016 in CNG, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Top Names Unite to Drive Forward LNG as a Marine Fuel’

A bevy of classification societies, cruise operators, natural gas-producing companies, equipment supplier, port and shipping organizations have banded together and formed “a new cross-industry initiative called SEA\LNG, to accelerate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.” updated July 18

DNV GL Provides LNG ‘Heatmaps’

April 28, 2016 in LNG, Marine, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

AIS Data Allows for Detailed Information on LNG Ships

DNV GL is promoting the use of new “heatmaps,” based on AIS (automatic identification system) data, for pinpointing the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.

DNV GL for Green Coastal Shipping

September 23, 2015 in Electric Drive, LNG, Marine, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Norway Projects Emphasize LNG, But Also Electricity

Liquefied natural gas and electricity are the fuels of choice as DNV GL has outlined five pilot projects with 25 Norwegian maritime industry partners under a program called Green Coastal Shipping.

DNV GL’s New Gas Bunkering Notation

August 26, 2015 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Flexible Rules’ Cover Ship-to-Ship Transfers in Ports

DNV GL has released a new class notation addressing safety concerns related to the ship-to-ship transfer of liquefied natural gas and other gases in ports. “The rules are flexible and include a variety of gas fuels as well as the configuration of bunker transfer systems,” DNV GL says.

Oshima LNG Ship Gets DNV GL Nod

June 8, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dual Fuel Bulk Carrier Would Have a Superstructure Designed for LNG Tank

Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding has received an approval in principal certificate from DNV GL for a Kamsarmax-class bulk carrier fueled by liquefied natural gas. updated June 9 and June 12

DNV GL Sees Slower Marine LNG Uptake

June 3, 2015 in Event/Meeting, LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says Hybrid Designs and ‘Connected Ships’ Are Gaining Momentum

“Continuing high investment costs and slower development of infrastructure” have stymied the expected growth of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel, while emerging hybrid propulsion and connected ship technologies are gaining ground faster than expected, DNV GL said at the Nor-Shipping conference in Oslo this week.

Gas Ready, You Say? DNV GL Defines It

December 3, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Notation ‘Provides a Clean Picture,’ Classification Society Says

Noting that the long-awaited IGF Code for liquefied natural gas is “practically finalized,” and that “LNG as a ship fuel is spreading rapidly through the maritime world,” DNV GL has released a Gas Ready notation to guide shipbuilders who want to be ready for LNG, but aren’t yet prepared to commit to it.

DNV GL Forms LNG Expert Units

October 22, 2014 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One for North America and Another in Singapore

Citing rapidly growing demand for a wide variety of services, DNV GL has established a new group of liquefied natural gas experts in North America and, in Singapore, a dedicated LNG and gas consulting unit.

MARAD Releases LNG Bunkering Study

September 11, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘There Is No Single Bunkering Option,’ Says DNV GL Document

The federal Maritime Administration has released a “comprehensive” study, written by DNV GL, examining the options for liquefied natural gas bunkering “and the necessary infrastructure, safety, regulatory, and training factors of each in supplying LNG to ships as a propulsion fuel in the maritime sector.”

MARAD describes its new LNG bunkering study with DNV GL as ‘comprehensive.’

MARAD describes its new LNG bunkering study with DNV GL as ‘comprehensive.’

The study examines the pros and cons of four bunkering options (truck-to-ship transfer, shore facility-to-ship transfer, ship-to-ship transfer, and transfer of portable tanks) based on such factors as the number and type of vessels to be served, local availability of LNG, port size, congestion and level of activity.

‘Regulatory Gaps’

“Because the development of infrastructure is acutely dependent on the needs of specific ports and stakeholders, there is no single bunkering option,” the study notes.

Among the recommendations are

  • an analysis of vessel types that utilize ports in the U.S. to determine what bunkering methods will be necessary;
  • evaluation of LNG bunkering site availability for increases in demand, considering transfer volume and frequency, including an optimization study that assesses the optimal infrastructure build-out to provide LNG bunkering for both high-frequency, low volume transfers and low frequency, high volume transfers more efficiently;
  • a comprehensive analysis of road transportation safety and security risks from initial infrastructure build-out, with a traffic study to assess LNG transport safety/security risks, investigate acceptable limits on national, regional, and local scales, and identify possible practical risk reducing measures;
  • completion of a port risk assessment at each port where LNG bunkering will likely take place;
  • development of a methodology for and completion of a quantitative port-wide navigational risk assessment; and
  • development of effective security and safety zone enforcement procedures to promote a safe environment for the port population.

‘A Lack of Framework”

DNV GL notes that although the use of LNG marine fuel is not a new concept, “there exists a significant regulatory gap for bunkering and associated infrastructure operation.

“The establishment of uniform standards and guidelines for state and local lawmakers,” the MARAD report states,” will allow for a consistent and predictable regulatory framework.

“Regulatory gaps were identified for LNG metrology, local vs. federal jurisdiction over bunkering operations, and a lack of framework for the review of potential risks related to LNG bunkering from non-self-propelled barges.

“One of the primary conclusions identified the need for greater clarity in regulations addressing simultaneous operations (SIMOPS).”

MARAD’s LNG bunkering study by DNV GL (PDF)

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Source: MARAD with HHP Insight follow-up

DNV GL to Help Assess LNG Risks

July 11, 2014 in LNG, Marine, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis on Small-Scale LNG Bunkering and Filling Stations

DNV GL says that in response to industry requests, it’s initiating a joint industry project “to better understand the consequences of an accidental liquefied natural gas release.”

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