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Rostock Will Have An LNG Terminal

Port of Rostock announced the signing of a lease agreement with a Belgian-Russian joint venture, for a mid-scale LNG terminal. This milestone brings the LNG project in Rostock one step closer to the anticipated start in the next decade.

The joint venture (Fluxys 51% – Novatek 49%) intends to build and operate a terminal for receiving and unloading mid-scale LNG carriers, keeping LNG in storage and providing services to enable downstream distribution of LNG (bunkering).

Caronte & Tourist Complain: Italy Does Not Allow To Use LNG On The New Ferry

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Lorenzo Matacena, managing director of the ferry company Caronte & Tourist, appeared upset with Italy since the company he heads will not be allowed to use gas on the newbuilding set to be delivered soon by Sefine shipyard.

“Unfortunately a set of public rules needed for operating the new LNG dual-fuel ferry under construction in Turkey is still missing in our country,” Matacena said at the Shipping and the Law conference organized by Studio legale Lauro and held in Naples this week.

The new ferry will be deployed on the Strait of Messina.

“The two big concerns are: a set of rules and infrastructure,” Matacena pointed out, referring to LNG terminals still to be realized ashore.

On the other side of the business, in order to be compliant with the new sulphur cap rules coming into force from 2020, Caronte & Tourist’s managing director also announced that on the ferries deployed on the motorways of the seas (mainly the Messina-Salerno maritime link), they are going to install scrubbers, thus copying what was decided also by Grimaldi Group,” he specified.

New Project To Provide LNG For Passenger Ships Emerging In Genoa

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Genoa-based Cosulich and Novella groups are working together with the aim to provide LNG to the ferries and cruise ships calling at the port of Genoa. Italy’s oil major Eni has been also invited to take part to the project, while Autogas Group will be the partner in charge for the inland distribution of the gas.

MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and some other ferry companies (Grandi Navi Veloci) in the recent past asked the local port authority to speed up any potential project aimed at giving shipping companies the possibility to receive LNG from bunker barges.

Cosulich and Novella, both active on the market as physical suppliers of bunker respectively in Singapore and in the ports of Genoa and Savona, look at the regasification terminal off the coast of Leghorn managed by OLT Offshore Toscana and the one onshore in Panigaglia controlled by Snam as key points for receiving LNG.


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Two Balearia Visentini Ro-Pax Ships To Be Converted Into LNG Dual-Fuel

MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Energy Solutions, has won the contract to convert two ro-pax ferries from Baleària to dual-fuel operation.
Sister ships, the NAPOLES and SICILIA, are currently each powered by 2 × MAN 9L48/60A main engines, which will all be converted to 9L51/60DF units that will enable running on LNG.

The conversion of the NÁPOLES is due to take place in Spain between November 2018 and January 2019, with the conversion of SICILIA to take place from October to December 2019.

New LNG Ferry For Société Des Traversiers Du Québec

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Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.

Photo Of The Week

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Being lucky? That is for example having the opportunity to photograph the MIDNATSOL (translated: midnight sun) at midnight. The photo was taken in Ålesund last Sunday.

MIDNATSOL is one of the six Hurtigruten vessels that will be converted into a LNG-hybrid powered ship. Hurtigruten has signed a letter of intent with Rolls Royce for this important conversion, linked to the new contract with the Norwegian State to operate 7 of the 11 licenses along the Norwegian Coast. The new license starts in 2021, and will be shared with Havila Kystlink (four ships to be built).

Port of Helsinki And Tallink To Host LNG Conference

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Supply and demand, staying competitive as an industry, supply chain logistics and its role as marine fuel – the upcoming LNG Conference 2018 will cover everything that is relevant to the topic of LNG in Europe and the Baltic region. The event, hosted by Port of Helsinki and Tallink, will be held on 7 and 8 June 2018 at the Helsinki City Hall and on board Tallink’s MEGASTAR ferry.

Buquebus Wants To Order A Big New LNG-Powered Cat

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Buquebus has revealed plans to order one more LNG-powered high-speed vessel for the route Colonia (Uruguay) – Puerto Madero (Argentina). So far, InCat, the company which built the FRANCISCO, has not confirmed the order.
The investment is worth USD 130 million.
The catamaran is expected for 2020, and would have a capacity for 2,100 passengers.

Source: Cronista (in Spanish)

Photo: Robert Heazlewood


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Balearia’s first of two LNG-powered ro-pax ferries, has been floated out on March 30.

Named HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRIA she is expected to enter service on the Balearic Island services in early 2019.
The pair will be the first LNG ferries of this size in the Mediterranean. They each have a capacity of 2,100 freight lane meters, 810 passengers, and 150 cars.

Recently the Spanish company cancelled the order for another LNG vessel to be built by La Naval, a shipyard in financial trouble.

Photo: Visentini