• 2014 March 31 14:31

    GTT North America receives AIP for Membrane LNG Bunker Barge

    Houston-based GTT North America (GTTNA), US subsidiary of French engineering and technology company GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz SA), has received approval in principle from ABS for the design of a 2,200 cubic meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. The distinctive design incorporates GTT’s proven membrane Cargo Containment System (CCS), which is utilized in 70% of the global LNG carrier fleet and nearly 90% of LNG carrier projects on order, the company said in its press release.

    Leveraging over five decades of LNG storage and maritime transportation experience, GTT developed the membrane LNG bunker barge to demonstrate the efficient storage of LNG and safe, reliable management of Boil-Off Gas (BOG) in an unmanned push barge application. The barge was designed for use in bunkering operations including ship-to-ship LNG transfers or LNG bulk transport in US inland waterways, harbors, and intra-coastal service. The barge could operate as a mobile refueling resource or be moored temporarily to serve as a refueling station.

    “An important step in the wide-range adoption of LNG as a marine fuel is the development of bunkering infrastructure that can adequately meet the various operational needs of vessels,” said ABS Director of US Gas Solutions, Roy Bleiberg. “The use of the LNG bunker barge will be a critical part of infrastructure development and this design, which leverages proven GTT technology, is certainly a concept that LNG stakeholders should consider.”

    The CCS selected for the barge was GTT’s proprietary Mark III Flex system, an enhancement of the Mark III system that allows for improved thermal and structural performance of the CCS. The Mark III membrane CCS consists of a cryogenic liner directly supported by the vessel’s inner hull, which allows for maximum volumetric utilization of the available cargo space. This liner is composed of a primary metallic membrane fastened atop a prefabricated insulation panel that includes a complete secondary membrane.

    The GTT membrane LNG bunker barge will be capable of loading 2156 m3 (@98%) or 570,000 US gallons within 4.5 hours and towed at maximum speed of 8 knots in an efficient footprint: 64.2 m (212 ft) overall length, 14.8 m (48.5 ft) breadth, 7.2 m (15.7 ft) depth, and 2.6 m (8.5 ft) fully loaded design draft. The dimensions and gross tonnage of approximately 1440 GT afford the GTT membrane LNG bunker barge greater maneuverability and access throughout inland and intra-coastal waterways.

    A distinguishing feature of the GTT membrane LNG bunker barge is the management of natural BOG through small-scale reliquefaction units. The StirLNG-4 cryo-cooler unit from the Netherlands-based Stirling Cryogenics was the basis of the boil off management system design.

    “This barge design, now approved in principle by ABS, provides a robust solution for boil off gas management, an essential requirement for any atmospheric LNG storage system. The design is a major step forward in bringing the coldest cargo with the highest stored energy value to the US LNG fuel market in a safe manner.” said Allyn Risley, Chairman, GTT North America.

    Alameda, CA-based Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC) was commissioned to develop the hull and preliminary machinery design scope and Houston-based CH-IV International to develop the cargo handling system (CHS) design scope.

    ABS Consulting also assisted in the development of the GTT membrane LNG bunker barge project.


2018 January 23

18:17 Ten new world class research institutes join the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program
18:02 492 vessels escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers on NSR up 20% Y-o-Y
17:49 SMM 2018 is fully booked eight months to go before the event
17:31 Maersk Line joins NYSHEX as founding carrier member
17:27 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.9% to 5.9 mln t in 2017
17:04 NAVTOR strengthens the team with new Chief Technology Officer
16:46 Oil products, LPG shipments from Tamanneftegas terminal totaled 10.14 mln t in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y
16:25 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled nearly 25.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 5.4% Y-o-Y
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Dione with Ausca
15:34 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
15:18 SDC Sub-Committee is focused on mooring matters
15:03 Environmental organizations and shipping industry call for carriage ban on non - compliant fuel
14:44 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased
14:23 President Varela from Panama visits the port of Rotterdam
14:03 RS joins the Association of Shipowners and Entrepreneurs of Marine Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
13:55 RF Representative Office of Port of Hamburg Marketing congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
13:42 Incentive scheme for ‘Clean inland shipping and sustainable logistics in Rotterdam’
13:27 EBRD allocates USD 50 mln loan to NIBULON
13:03 Six vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 22-23
12:38 Bunker prices at the Far East ports of Russia show no significant changes (graph)
12:33 Aker Solutions wins subsea orders for Troll and Askeladd projects
12:16 Rosmorport appoints Evgeniy Pankratov as Acting Director of its Sakhalin Branch (photo)
11:49 CNIIMF congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
11:24 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver IBSV01 icebreakers Andrey Vilkitsky and Aleksandr Sannikov in 2018
11:01 Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 tops customer choice for large-flow ballast water treatment systems
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.48% to $69.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $63.94
10:22 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,129 points
10:08 Damen delivers five new harbour tugs to to Empresa de Navegación Caribe, Cuba
09:36 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2017 grew by 18% to 13.84 mln t
09:17 Throughput of port Vyborg up 12% to 1.54 mln t in 2017

2018 January 22

18:10 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 3% to 17.55 mln t in 2017
17:53 Myanmar accedes to treaty covering bunker oil pollution damage
17:35 Hutchison Ports Thailand receives world’s largest quay cranes with advanced remote control technology at Laem Chabang Port
17:19 Port of Tallinn announces auction for equipment and structures of coal terminal in Muuga Harbor
17:05 ESPO supports more efficient but responsible management of waste from ships
16:50 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2017 down 11% Y-o-Y to 57.60 mln t
16:35 DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (Niif) Partner to create platform for investments in ports, transportation and logistics sector
16:21 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted 269 vessels at seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Port of Rotterdam Authority puts hybrid vessel into operation
16:00 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 103.29 mln t in 2017
15:34 Maritime engineering firm Intermarine UK opens new facility at Portland Port, Dorset
15:08 Boskalis supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
14:47 Damen signs contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for two Modular Multi Cats
14:26 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 53.64 mln t in 2017
13:59 Four vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 21-22
13:35 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,946 in RF spot market
13:12 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2017 was flat Y-o-Y at 3.1 mln t
12:47 Kalinka Shipping congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
12:24 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,125 points
12:00 “K” Line announces delivery of 14000-TEU containership “MILANO BRIDGE”
11:36 Okskaya shipyard lays down the fourth oil barge of Project ROB20 for Paula Rise (photo)
11:13 Cargo traffic on Russia’s IWW in 2017 up 0.5% Y-o-Y to 118.6 mln t (photo)
11:00 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ Series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.29% to $68.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $63.45
10:11 Suez Canal revenues up with a rate of 250 million dollars
10:02 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 4.8% to 20.75 mln TEUs in 2017
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2017 up 4.1% Y-o-Y to 50.64 mln t (table)
09:19 Port of Singapore January-December volumes grow 5.5% to 626.17 million tonnes

2018 January 21

10:34 Piraeus Port Authority SA obtains Certificate for the Managing Adequacy System