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More LNG Barge Orders Expected

February 9, 2015 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

At Least Two, Likely This Spring, in the U.S. and In Europe

Executives of two shipping companies advise that they’ll soon make final decisions and place orders for liquefied natural gas bunker vessels. An LNG barge – two? – in the U.S. would be the first on this side of the Atlantic. A new LNG bunker vessel in Europe, while not the first to be ordered, would nonetheless be the first of its type.
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GTT Approves Conrad Membrane

January 23, 2015 in Companies, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Formal TALA Furthers Pact Announced Last Year

Paris-based GTT – Gaztransport & Technigaz – reports that its Houston-based GTT North America unit and Conrad Shipyard have signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the design and construction of liquefied natural gas barges and LNG-fueled vessel bunker tanks using GTT’s membrane containment systems.

GTT-technology membrane tank model fabricated by Conrad Shipyard.

GTT-technology membrane tank model fabricated by Conrad Shipyard.

The formal TALA furthers an agreement signed by the companies this past autumn (HHP Insight, October 3).

“The partnership between GTT and Conrad Shipyard will enable both companies to leverage each other’s expertise and experience in LNG technology,” GTT says. It “demonstrates the continued commitment of both GTT North America and Conrad Shipyard to the development of the LNG fuel market in the U.S., including small and mid-scale LNG infrastructure to support development of this nascent market.”

‘Major Landmark for LNG in America’

“This agreement is a major landmark, not only for GTT and Conrad but also for LNG-as-a-fuel in America,” GTT chairman and CEO Philippe Berterottière says in the TALA announcement.

“It paves the way for implementing state-of-the-art containment solutions in American built vessels,” he said.

“GTT’s membrane system is first-in-class internationally,” Conrad Shipyard COO Terry Frickey says in the GTT release.

Membrane cargo tanks can hold 40% more LNG than Type C tanks in the same barge footprint, says GTT.

Membrane cargo tanks can hold 40% more LNG than Type C tanks in the same barge footprint, says GTT.

‘Capable, Reliable and Trained’

“There is now a capable, reliable and trained industrial partner in the United States,” says GTT North America business development manager Greg Denton told HHPi.

Conrad Shipyard received its approval after successfully completing the qualification process including dedicated training of its employees by GTT and the fabrication of a membrane tank model. Approval of the shipyard is necessary as the GTT-type tanks share structure and are built simultaneously with the vessel hull.

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Source: GTT with HHP Insight follow-up

GTT Membranes for Conrad LNG Barge

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

Pact ‘Initiates the Process of Training and Preparing’ for Production

Gaztransport & Technigaz reports an agreement between GTT North America and Louisiana’s Conrad Shipyard for the future production of membrane cargo tanks for liquefied natural gas using GTT’s technology.
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GTT Reach4 Mast Gets AiP from BV

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

LNG Bunker Mast Design Gets Approval in Principal

Paris-based GTT reports Approval in Principal from Bureau Veritas for its Reach4 bunker mast for transferring liquefied natural gas fuel. “GTT affirms its focus on designing applications that will bolster the use of LNG as a fuel,” CEO Philippe Berterottière said in a release.

GTT is in discussions to commercialize its Reach4 mast for LNG bunkering.

GTT is in discussions to commercialize its Reach4 mast for LNG bunkering.

GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) is known for its weight- and space-saving membrane containment systems for LNG carriers and bunker vessels. The Reach4 mast is designed to fit on an LNG bunker vessel and facilitate “a simple and safe transfer of LNG fuel to a client vessel.”

‘Well Proven’

“This new system applies well proven methods for conventional fueling adapted to constraints specific to LNG,” the company says. It is “well-suited to bunker most ships, whatever their bunker station arrangement.”

The Reach4 mast features break-away couplings for safe and reliable emergency disconnections, while “a patented configuration prevents rapid disconnections and keeps the breakaway couplings in a fixed position on the mast to ensure simple and safe deployment.”

The Reach4 system is already being integrated in bunker vessel designs, GTT says.

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Source: GTT with HHP Insight follow-up

LNG Sector Has Been Good to GTT

April 18, 2014 in Companies, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Investors Trust in Our Business Model and in Our Unique Positioning’

Paris-based GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz), which promotes membrane tanks for liquefied natural gas and designs vessels to put them to use, reported a first-quarter sales gain of 31.1% and attributed the gain to “the dynamism” of the LNG sector.
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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.
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GTT Tanks for Four Brittany LNG Ferries

January 24, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Membrane Design for New Pegasis Plus Three Ferry Conversions,
‘Many Advantages of Optimization of Space and Cost,’ GTT Says

Gaztransport & Technigaz will supply its space-saving membrane technology for the liquefied natural gas fuel tanks of the 689-foot Pegasis being built by STX France – the new Brittany Ferries flagship slated for completion at the end of 2016. And, GTT says it has “been selected to design the tanks of three other Brittany Ferries ships to be converted to LNG propulsion.”
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GTT Is Opening an Office in Houston

September 12, 2013 in Companies, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

French Firm Says It ‘Is Moving with the LNG Global Demand Growth’

Paris-based GTT – Gaztransport & Technigaz – is opening an office in Houston Friday. GTT North America, a new subsidiary, will focus on of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for commercial marine vessels.
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