• 2019 January 10 10:29

    Vessel to service LNG reloading station starts first operation in Klaipėda

    On January 7, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) feeder and bunker vessel “Kairos” started its first reload operation in Klaipėda, Klaipėdos Nafta said in a press release. Next to the German LNG supplier Nauticor one of the ship’s charterers is oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta (KN). “Kairos” being the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel will enhance the LNG logistic chain for KN in the Baltic Sea region.
     
    Built at the “Hyundai Mipo” shipyard in South Korea, the ship has started its voyage to Europe in October 2018 and reached Klaipeda at the middle of December.
     
    The new 117-metre-long vessel, with an LNG capacity of 7,500 m³, in addition to its main purpose, the supply of LNG to different types of marine customers, will be used to load LNG from the FSRU based in the Klaipėda LNG Terminal to the onshore LNG reloading station located at the gateway of the Port of Klaipėda. Today “Kairos” starts its first reload operation in Klaipėda terminal.
    “Having launched the operation of “Kairos”, we will assure more competitive service prices for users of the LNG reloading station and position KN as a company offering the whole LNG supply chain to its clients. This will not only reduce the price of the LNG supply chain, but also will assure a smooth and prompt service provision for users of the reloading station,” Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of KN, said.
     
    Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg based leading LNG supplier “Nauticor” with a 90% share and oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta (KN) with a 10% share, the ship is owned by „Babcock Schulte Energy“ (BSE).
     
    “Kairos” is expected to enter the Klaipėda port at least once per two months and to perform LNG reloading operations there. For the remaining time the vessel will be used by German company “Nauticor”, which is planning to use the vessel to supply LNG to various marine customers as well as LNG terminals in the North Sea and Baltic Sea area.
     
    “Kairos” is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel and has several other unique features, including a ballast-free design and installation of a compressed natural gas tank to store vapour return gas from customer vessels.
     
    The emergence of new feeder and bunker vessels enhances the competitiveness and accessibility of the LNG market of the region. The LNG reloading station, which launched its activities at the end of last year, allows a more efficient use of the LNG terminal. The possibility for bunkering LNG-powered vessels from the reloading station, loading small-sized cargoes to vessels and semitrailers assures an extensive LNG supply chain across the whole region thus creating added value for Lithuania.
     
    The LNG bunkering and reloading infrastructure will be of high relevance in 2020, when global restrictions will be imposed on emissions of sulphur dioxide from shipping to the atmosphere. Merchant vessels using heavy fuel oil will have to search for more ecological alternatives, out of which LNG is considered to be one of the most efficient.
     
    According to the data of the consulting agency DNV GL, there are 132 LNG powered vessels in the world, and the same number has been ordered to be constructed by 2022. The majority of these vessels will operate in the Baltic and the Northern Seas.




2019 July 15

17:58 IAPH welcomes new Associate Member from Switzerland
17:33 NIBULON transported 3.5 million tonnes of cargoes by water transport
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd to introduce new Middle East-India-Africa Express Service
16:07 Desktop Just-In-Time trial yields positive results in cutting emissions
15:44 Prevention of marine pollution in South Asia discussed at regional workshop
15:15 Cargotec’s MacGregor receives clearance from the Chinese competition regulator for the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group
14:56 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 116,000 tonnes of cargo in 6M’2019, down 35.5% Y-o-Y
14:39 RS issues revised Rules for Classification and Construction of ships carrying liquefied gas
14:15 SEACOR Marine announces departure of Chief Operating Officer
13:53 Sever Bay Port terminal on Taimyr included into RF area planning scheme
13:32 MAN Energy Solutions, DSME and HSD Engine sign strategic agreement on engine digitization
13:01 CargoSmart announces GSBN Service Agreements with CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING LINES, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group
12:48 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 16,149 in RF spot market
12:30 ABS and MOL sign MOU to build up to 14 next generation gas carriers
12:14 DSME Smart Ship Solution approved by LR
11:52 Atomenergomash JSC and Aker Arctic Technology Inc sign memorandum of understanding
11:43 MEYER intensifies partnership with Stengel
11:27 SailGP partners with Port of Southampton to deliver Cowes SailGP Tech Area
11:01 Rashid Sharipov elected as Chairman of NCSP BoD
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 15
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.01% to $66.73, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.15% to $60.12
09:54 KN enhances portfolio of loaded oil products and rendered services
09:30 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-June’19 declined by 2.1% to 272.29 million tonnes
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,865 points

2019 July 14

16:09 USCG coordinates rescue of fishermen 1300 miles southwest of San Diego
15:22 Sanmar Shipyards strengthens its executive team
13:21 MOL sets conditions for issue of 'sustainability' bonds
12:11 SCHOTTEL and ULSTEIN with new cooperation to optimise ship operations with digital services
11:56 Navios Containers promotes Erifili Tsironi as CFO
10:55 2020 Bulkers Ltd. inks chartering agreements with Koch for three Newcastlemax dry bulk carriers

2019 July 13

15:19 Japanese fishing company convicted of obstruction of justice and falsifying records to cover up illegal oil and garbage pollution
13:52 HII completes flight deck on aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy
12:28 SHI wins orders for eco-friendly and highly efficient S-Max tankers
11:23 VT Halter Marine bags $2.9 million contract for U.S. Navy CMAMP program study

2019 July 12

18:19 Shantou China Merchants Port Group takes delivery of eight Kalmar empty container handlers
18:01 Safety of ships and fishing gets a boost in Ghana
17:44 IMO and FAO join efforts to reduce marine plastic litter from fishing vessels
17:26 Throughput of Russian seaports in 6M'2019 grew by 2.8% to 409.0 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:03 SEA\LNG releases study showing benefits of LNG
16:42 North-Western Shipping Company carried 2.3 million tonnes of cargo in H1’19
16:25 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-June’2019 fell by 19% Y-o-Y to 5.82 million tonnes
16:03 Diana Shipping announces increase of purchase price and extension of tender offer for shares of common stock
15:24 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-June'2019 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 9.44 million tonnes
15:03 Port of Long Beach cargo volume tops 677,000 TEUs in June 2019
14:31 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down yet another minesweeper of Project 12700
14:03 MOL schedules a major renovation of its operated cruise ship, the Nippon Maru
13:02 Höegh LNG executes 18 month interim LNGC timecharter with Cheniere for Höegh Galleon
12:52 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 296.1 million boe in H1’2019
12:00 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-June’2019 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 29.83 million tonnes
11:23 Damen signs maintenance contract with Netherlands Ministry of Defence
11:01 Port of Ust-Luga handled 54.334 million tonnes in 6M’19, up 11% Y-o-Y
10:40 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 6M'2019 climbed by 1% Y-o-Y to 30.07 million tonnes
10:36 Belships to expand its fleet with 20th Ultramax newbuilding in 2021
09:54 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 12
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.59% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.53% to $60.52
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,816 points

2019 July 11

18:36 Denmark starts developing the new digital Register of Shipping
18:13 Naval Energies and Hitachi Zosen Corporation in floating wind energy agreement
18:06 Northwest Seaport Alliance breaks ground on $500M Terminal 5 modernization