• 2018 June 13 09:52

    LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Helsinki

    Around 80 delegates gathered in Helsinki during last week’s LNG Conference 2018, to discuss the state of the industry, innovative tech and LNG in comparison to other alternative fuels among other topics. The event, hosted by Port of Helsinki and Tallink, was held on 7-8/6/2018 at the Helsinki City Hall and onboard Tallink’s LNG fueled “Megastar” ferry.

    The event, divided into two days, tackled a wide spectrum of topics currently relevant to the development of the LNG market in Europe and the Baltic, while at the same time taking into account the situation on the global scene.

    DAY 1 kicked off with an opening speech by Ville Haapasaari, CEO of the Port of Helsinki, underlining the need for LNG to be comprehensively available. This is especially important, considering the complexity of the fuel market’s future, with a multitude of solutions being available and many stakeholders still undecided as to which path they should take. Therefore, standards must be set well above the minimum level.

    Eero Vanaale of Royal HaskoningDHV, the moderator for the day, was next to take the stage and deliver the first keynote speech. He presented a detailed market overview, taking into consideration the shifts in demand and supply. Should the market continue growing at the projected pace, we might see an undersupply in mid 2020s, with trade expansion driven by projects in countries such as the US, Quatar, Mozambique or Russia.

    According to Chart Industries, the growing energy demand will pose a chance for the LNG industry and allow it to play a significant role. Still, it remains difficult to foresee how governments and countries will respond to new LNG projects, making it one of the key risks for new enterprises.

    LNG bunkering was also mentioned, in particular the fact that it isn’t really a game changer. A view shared by many of the speakers, including Mark Bell of SGMF, stating that the maritime industry, which has been considering LNG as a possible future fuel for a while now, is but a small dot on the world LNG agenda.

    Speaking of the maritime sector, there is significant momentum expected with oil tankers and cruise ships shifting to LNG as fuel, according to GTT’s findings. IMO’s Sulphur Cap 2020 is certainly having an impact on the seafaring industry and shipowners, as is the broader access to LNG supply.

    Safety was another key item in many of the presentations, among them Skangas’. In an examination of the intricacies of designing a small scale LNG supply chain, safety, cost efficiency and stability were named as the most important factors. The need for more off-take has been cited, in order to validate further development, with an increase in throughput necessary to continue cutting costs. 

    LNG bunkering guidance was the topic of EMSA’s presentation, elaborating on the topic of safety of bunkering operations. A number of challenges linked to the preparation of such a document has been stated, as well as the fact that risk assessment has to be as independent as possible from various LNG solutions. An increase in safety has been promised in Valmet Automation’s speech, demonstrating their all-in-one system for enhancing bunkering operations. The system’s target is to cut costs and raise security levels, thus making LNG more affordable.

    After a wonderful evening cocktail, the delegates boarded Tallink’s LNG fueled “Megastar” ferry for the second day of the conference. Representatives of Tallink started the day sharing with the audience their experience with bunkering operations and ways to optimize the process. Tallink’s LNG supplier, Eesti Gaas, was also there to offer an insight into their future plans.

    Before embarking on the study tour, which took the participants to the ship’s engine room and bunkering station, the delegates had a chance to take a closer look at a LNG behavior tools suite, designed for small scale LNG applications and developed by ENGIE.

    The day ended with an examination of the difficulties and challenges still ahead of the maritime industry in its quest to employ LNG as fuel on a much broader scale. The presentation, delivered by Containerships, was followed by a representative of Deltamarin, offering one possible solution, namely retrofitting of ships. While it can certainly pose a valid strategy for many shipowners, there are issues that need to be taken into consideration, one of them being the space taken up by the LNG installation.

    The conference, organized by Actia Forum, was sponsored by Skangas, GTT, GMA Petroleum, Stirling Cryogenics, Novatek Poland, Chart Industries and Valmet Automation.




2019 January 16

16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018
17:27 Sovcomflot provides technical management for Marshal Vasilevskiy floating storage and regasification unit
17:00 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) climbed by 0.07% to 561.29 million tonnes in 2018
15:59 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:04 Equinor uses technical expertise from LR to lead a safety study assessment for significant offshore project in Brazil
14:44 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 19.64 million TEUs in 2018
14:21 ONE achieves container loading records in two consecutive weeks by “MOL TRUST” and “MOL TRADITION”
14:00 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 46.58 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 7.3% Y-o-Y
13:36 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 2018 increased by 13% Y-o-Y to 8.7 mln tonnes
13:12 Havyard merges its navigation, automation and power systems services into one brand
12:53 Order portfolio of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex grew by 42% in IIH’2018
12:30 ABS grants AIP for Neptun’s wind turbine transport vessel
12:01 ZIM’s blockchain based B/L’s initiative: the next phase
11:43 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 14-15
11:29 Jan De Nul enters into concession agreement with the Government of Bangladesh for the dredging of Payra Port
11:20 CDP, Fincantieri and Snam team up to innovate port facilities in Italy and develop sustainable technologies for maritime transport
10:37 Black Sea Fleet trains for new exercises of Depth 2019 contest
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 1.19% to $59.7, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.27% to $51.13
09:42 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 2,026 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,147 points

2019 January 14

18:00 EU, China and the U.S. needs to support counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea – BIMCO
17:38 Port of Singapore throughput in 2018 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 630.03 million tonnes
17:06 The new Kvarken ferry will be built in Raumo
16:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces Marine Fuel Recovery Surcharges for North Europe
16:00 Full ban on open-loop scrubbers not yet imposed in China
15:36 China adopted new regulations concerning reporting of fuel consumption
15:12 ABP strengthens business with new steel contract at the Port of Immingham
14:47 ABP: £250m to keep Britain trading through Brexit
14:20 PIL adds Itajai call to Sino South America Service (SSA)
13:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 13,924 in RF spot market
13:35 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 4.5% to 306.5 million tonnes in 2018
13:13 Color Line expands Kiel – Oslo cargo capacity
12:54 Posidonia 2020 promises to be the largest and most versatile in its 50 year history
12:32 IMO helps Member States with sustainability targets
12:11 Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo MV Taíno completes maiden voyage to Puerto Rico