• 2019 March 26 14:27

    LOTOS and PGNiG: first commercial bunkerings of ships with LNG in Polish seaports

    PGNiG and LOTOS conducted two commercial bunkerings of liquefied natural gas (LNG) between 13th and 18th of March 2019, PGNiG says in a press release. These are the first operations of this kind carried out at seaports in Gdańsk and Gdynia. The companies continue their cooperation in this area – it will strengthen the competitiveness of Polish ports and popularize the LNG's ecological fuel in the Baltic Sea.

    "Bunkering of ships with natural gas in liquefied form is another of many possibilities of using gas, which PGNiG imports to Poland from Qatar, Norway and the USA through the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście. We are convinced that this fuel, due to its ecological values among others, is the future of maritime transport in the Baltic Sea," commented Maciej Woźniak, Vice-President of the PGNiG Management Board for Trade.

    "Grupa LOTOS is keenly involved in projects in the field of alternative fuels, which is part of the development strategy of our capital group for 2017-2022. LOTOS wants to become a leader in the implementation of new generation alternative fuels and LNG is certainly one of them. It is ecological and safe fuel. The development of logistics and bunker infrastructure for LNG is the key to further increase its popularity. Therefore, as Grupa LOTOS, we are involved in a feasibility study on the construction of a small scale LNG terminal in Gdańsk, which is co-financed from the European Union (CEF)," said Patryk Demski, Vice-President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS for Investment and Innovation.

    "The cooperation of Grupa LOTOS and PGNiG has been going on for many years. PGNiG is a natural gas supplier to Grupa LOTOS and Grupa LOTOS uses this fuel for refining of crude oil. Cooperation is very successful. Both companies take advantage of their experience – knowledge about the marine fuel market on one hand, and specifics of LNG on the other," added Cezary Godziuk, President of the Management Board of LOTOS Asfalt.

    On March 13th this year 54 tonnes of LNG fuel (32,000 Nm3 of gas) were injected into tanks of the "Fure Valo" vessel. The unit belongs to the Swedish shipowner, who plans to further develop the LNG-powered fleet, and extend it to six such vessels by the end of the year. The second bunkering took place on March 18th this year. 18 tonnes of LNG fuel (10,800 Nm3) from single tanker truck were loaded into tanks of the "Ireland" vessel.

    "I am glad that, according to last year's announcements, we made the first fully commercial bunkering of ships with LNG in Poland. This is a milestone in the development of this market in Polish seaports, which will significantly increase their competitiveness. I would like to emphasize particularly the model cooperation in the bunkering of ships with both the Port of Gdańsk and the Port of Gdynia," said Henryk Mucha, President of PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny Sp. z o.o. (PGNiG Retail Branch).

    According to the directive on the development of alternative fuels infrastructure, by the end of 2025 at the latest, a sufficient number of LNG bunkering points should be created in seaports. In case of Poland, these are to be: Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Świnoujście. From now on, the LNG bunkering service enters the permanent offer of both entities and can be provided in both Tri-City ports.

    "The interest in bunkering in Polish ports among shipowners is very high. This is due to the growing awareness about LNG, an alternative marine fuel, which is the only mature solution that can meet current and future emission standards, with simultaneous economic viability," said Marcin Szczudło, Vice-President of PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny responsible for the CNG / LNG area.

    LNG will be gaining popularity also due to the adoption of the so-called "sulphur directive". The European Commission plans to completely eliminate emissions from maritime transport by 2050. For Central and Eastern Europe this means more stringent standards than in other parts of the world. The "sulphur directive" imposes on shipowners whose ships sail around the SECA area (Sulphur Emission Control Areas), including in the Baltic and the North Sea, the obligation to use fuels with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%.




2019 April 20

16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia - the Middle East Gulf trade
15:02 MOL pledges support for Mozambique in wake of devastating cyclone
14:42 USCG Cutter Waesche crew returns home after 95-day counter-narcotics patrol
13:27 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trade
13:12 Carnival Cruise Line, CFVI unveil revitalized Griffith Park in St. Thomas for local children
12:26 BC Ferries celebrates Earth Day with the return of the Spirit of Vancouver Island
11:04 Certification of Arkona offshore wind farm by DNV GL confirms safe and reliable power supply
10:49 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction
10:38 Boskalis acquires EUR 75M dredging contracts in Indonesia

2019 April 19

18:07 Keppel posts net profit of S$203M in 1Q 2019
17:28 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg to complete Phase 1 of Berth No7 reconstruction in summer 2019
17:04 Saudi Aramco partners with the Saudi Contractors Authority fostering collaboration at ‘Future Projects Forum’
16:57 BAE Systems Jacksonville secures Navy's conntract mod for DDG 117
15:04 Hyundai LNG Shipping announces order for one VLGC at HHI
14:55 Marina for 100 yachts to be built in Feodosia by Firm “TES” LLC
14:10 C-Fenna successfully completes Fugro 1200 jackup towing operations
13:32 ESPO congratulates Port of Huelva for renewing EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
13:07 Spirit of Vancouver Island vessel returns to service after mid-life upgrade including conversion to natural gas
12:44 New High Bay Container Storage system launched as “BOXBAY”
12:10 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
11:39 Port Arthur LNG receives FERC authorization for export project in Texas
11:08 Dual-fuel AET tankers conduct maiden LNG bunkering
10:43 Largest barge of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company undergone overhaul
10:19 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.04% to $71.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.38% to $64
09:56 Bunker prices are sable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:35 TransContainer’s transportation volumes in Q1’2019 increased by 7.7% Y-o-Y to 492,000 TEUs
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 790 points
07:42 GTT receives an order from DSME for the tank design of a new LNG carrier

2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
18:06 DESMI's CompactClean Ballast Water Management System receives US Coast Guard Type Approval
17:36 Denmark's first new-build hybrid ferry on key passenger route
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:38 Matson receives new cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal
16:17 Stena Europe undergoes refit upgrades in Turkey