• 2018 March 14 13:02

    DNV GL opens LNG test centre to enable safer and more efficient use of LNG

    The LNG test centre, located in Groningen, the Netherlands, will enable safer and more efficient use of LNG by supporting stakeholders across the value chain with operational experience and intelligence in addressing the large variations in the properties, density and calorific values among LNG sources globally, the company said in its press release.

    The facility, at the organization’s existing renewable energy technology and gas laboratory site is the first type of facility with a capacity compatible for the downstream sector. Its capacity is up to 250kg of liquefied gas and boasts a heat exchanger that allows the temperature of the LNG – and therefore its boil-off – to be precisely regulated.
    Johan Holstein, Head of gas testing and analysis at DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said the testing of new sensor technology to rapidly identify the composition of LNG would be a priority. “The current accredited technology, gas chromatography, can take 3-5 minutes to show the composition of LNG,” Holstein explained. “Sensors can give an answer in a second.”

    A stable and known composition of LNG is important for accurately assessing energy content and engine performance control. With accurate fuel composition monitoring, DNV GL`s online Propane Knock Index (PKI) methane number calculator can be used to assess the fit-for-purpose of gaseous fuels with end-use appliances instantaneously. LNG from different regions have different compositions, which change further as LNG is used or boils off. Holstein noted that sensors have already been tested with other gas compositions, and further validation could lead to DNV GL certification.

    The ability to monitor the composition of LNG in real time (combined with advances in flow metering) could also improve pricing transparency in bunkering, which has traditionally relied on mass alone rather than mass and energy content.

    The impact of changing LNG composition on engine performance can also be studied at the Groningen site. Engine developers can optimise ignition patterns and compression ratios depending on the LNG composition, for example, and the facility will allow OEMs to perform compliance tests ranging from automotive engines of around 10hp to off-road and marine engines of around 500kW.

    Ben Oudman, Regional Manager - Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, stated that “The 2017 DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook report predicts that LNG and LPG will account for 32% of total shipping energy use in terms of technology and fuel uptake, so I believe DNV GL’s continuing investment in facilities, recommended practices and online tools is timely and builds on our established expertise in downstream LNG. Our aim is to support the industry adoption of LNG in an efficient, reliable and safe way.”

    For LNG fuel quality testing, DNV GL has engaged in a strategic partnership with Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to further develop procedures and practices to ascertain and monitor LNG quality. DNV GL and VPS aim to develop a set of validated tools and measurement methods to provide the LNG industry with accurate, reliable and cost-efficient tools which will help break down the perceived barriers to LNG adoption.

    About DNV GL
    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company, operating in more than 100 countries in the maritime, oil and gas, power and renewables and other industries.

2018 March 24

07:50 CMA CGM announces GRR from UAE to East Africa
07:48 ZIM announces 2017 results
07:44 APM Terminals celebrates its first year of working at Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico
07:42 Stena joins a unique cooperation for climate smart transport
07:40 Sea Machines opens second office in Hamburg, Germany

2018 March 23

18:07 World's largest modularized cracking furnace delivered from Wison Zhoushan Yard
17:59 UCL Holding companies performed a unique joint project on delivery of oversize cargo (photo)
17:32 Port of Antwerp pushes ahead with onshore power for ships
17:20 IMO Tier III certification for MTU marine engines from Rolls-Royce
17:18 ABS leads industry discussion on impact of 2020 sulfur cap, cybersecurity and digitization
16:17 WMU contributes to Marine Spatial Planning Training
15:39 Vladimir Putin wins presidential election in Russia with 76.69% of votes
14:46 Court approves amicable agreement in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port
14:24 Work to address maritime security challenges in Africa’s maritime zones underway at a regional workshop
14:23 Samskip starts container service between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Hull
13:58 International organizations join forces in the fisheries sector
13:32 New addition to DNV GL’s Veracity platform promises to raise drilling efficiency by offering digital solution based on data from 80 000 wells
13:02 Wärtsilä to ensure the continuous operations of Hidrovias Group’s pusher tugs in South American rivers
12:35 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v New Orleans with SwissMarine
12:10 BMT teams with BAE SYSTEMS and CAMMELL LAIRD to deliver additional Type 45 Power Generation
11:49 29 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 22-23
11:30 TechnipFMC and Magma Global to enter into a strategic collaboration agreement for hybrid flexible pipe
10:55 BMT and ARES to deliver a further 9 vessels for the Qatari Coastguard
10:44 Port of Rotterdam Authority invests in Port railway line capacity expansion
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.93% to $69.55, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $65
09:59 Port of Rotterdam Authority starts construction of Container Exchange Route
09:37 Bunker prices continue surging at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 1,117 points

2018 March 22

18:18 Global fuel market to remain relatively stable next week, expert says
18:03 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 7.25 million tonnes of cargo in 2M'18, up 6% Y-o-Y
17:45 Transas to return all funds received under state support programme in 2016-18
17:12 Germany based firm offers AIS vessel management tracking systems preventing IUU fishing
16:51 Investments of Tuapse Sea Commercial Port in production development totaled RUB 343 million in 2017
16:30 Rolls-Royce completes the £1.3 million MAXCMAS research project
15:59 Nitrogen deposition in the oceans needs further study
15:30 Acta Marine newbuild successfully completed sea trials
14:30 APL starts new India Pakistan Express 2 Service
14:04 RF Transport Ministry defines procedure for approval of widespread minerals production at Russia’s IWWs
13:33 Open simulation platform launches with new partners
13:12 Volga Shipping Company named “Industry Leader” in “Cargo Shipping Company” nomination
12:58 Wärtsilä Seals & Bearings joins the Green Award scheme in support of clean environment
12:48 WMU Board of Governors meets in Turkey
12:25 MAN Diesel & Turbo partners with Hyundai to build new test-engine facility in Ulsan
12:00 Workshop on prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions being developed as part of GloMEEP-IAPH partnership
11:36 19 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 21-22
11:21 Russian Trade and Economic Development Council sign MoU to further strengthen commercial ties with Abu Dhabi Ports
11:14 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:53 The Maritime Standard announces a special discount for the 2018 Awards
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.01% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $65.23
10:05 Ukraine’s water transport carried 1,000 passengers in 2M’18, down 64.7%, Y-o-Y
09:41 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport grew by 41.2% to 0.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,117 points

2018 March 21

18:29 Wight Shipyard wins second order for fast ferry duo from Mexican ferry operator
18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese financing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18