• 2018 November 15 17:54

    Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw

    Over 120 participants gathered on 14-15 November, 2018, at the Novotel Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, to explore the latest trends and discuss the current market state of the LNG industry in Europe and Poland. It was the second edition of the event, designed to bring together stakeholders from all the corners of the LNG sector to exchange their knowledge and experiences.

    The event kicked off with a look at the main drivers for the development of the LNG market in Poland and Europe. The keynote speech, delivered by Tommy Mattila, Marketing & Sales Director at Skangas, set the field for the discussion. Talking about Poland, Mattila mentioned the country’s high rate of LNG utilization, leading to high growth potential for its small-scale LNG sector. The session continued with Marcin Płocharski, Indirect Channel Marketing Advisor at Shell, focusing on the development of LNG as fuel for road transportation in Poland. Cost competitiveness and positive environmental impact, combined with already available and reliable engine technology and a secure supply chain were among the listed benefits. 

    The attention of the participants was then switched to the topic of energy independence and the role LNG plays with regard to that issue. During an in-depth analysis of the importance of the partnership between the US and Poland, prepared by the Center for Industrial Development, it has been stated that further regulatory work on both sides is required in order to create better market conditions, enabling trade between the involved parties to flourish. Zooming in on the situation in the Baltic region, the audience was then given the chance to follow the Baltic Connector project from its inception to the beginning of construction works. The ambitious initiative, enjoying significant financial support by the EU, presents an opportunity for the region to create a common gas market for the Baltic states. The session concluded with a closer look at the state of natural gas infrastructure development in the Baltic and CEE region, with special attention given to Gaz-System’s Baltic Pipe project.

    After getting a taste for large-scale projects, the focus shifted to the small-scale market, with Ernst & Young kicking the session off with an examination of the sector. As of now, small-scale is still a niche market, but one should not forget the opportunities it presents for capturing segments that historically comprised low proportion of natural gas mix due to the lack of access to pipelines or historic reliance on fuels such as fuel and diesel. This view was shared by Chart, presenting their take on LNG Intermodal transportation and mobile & relocatable systems for energy supply, also underscoring the constant and rapid development of the small-scale sector. The day concluded with Wärtsilä taking the stage to further explore the various immediate benefits offered by LNG usage, emphasizing the need for the industry to embrace them in order to prepare for broad-scale implementation. 

    The evening cocktail saw some intensive networking, accompanied by lovely live music. Some of the participants even decided to share their piano skills with their colleagues.

    Returning to the conference hall on the second day, GIE kicked things off with an insightful LNG market forecast, paying special attention to global trends currently influencing the situation in Europe. NGVA was up next, with a natural gas HDV outlook 2030 and some policy recommendations. The presentation came on the heels of European Parliament’s vote on its final position on the heavy-duty CO2 regulation, pushing for an emission reduction of 20% by 2025, going up to 35% in 2030. The EP also called upon the European Commission to develop a methodology by the end of 2020, set to include CO2 emission reduction effect from bioCNG and bioLNG in the computation of the average fleet emissions.




2018 December 19

11:09 RF Government gives instructions to address the issue on construction of four gas-powered icebreakers
10:50 Regional workshop to address barriers for effective implementation of MARPOL Annex VI held at REMPEC
10:32 Brent Crude futures price down up 0.20% to $56.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $46.64
10:14 THE Alliance unveils enhanced service network for 2019
09:57 Finnish Transport Safety Agency set to contribute to automation of maritime navigation
09:35 FESCO BoD approved new composition of Executive Board
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,395 points

2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018
18:02 USPA announced tenders for dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports
17:48 SITC holds naming and delivery ceremony for M/V SITC SENDAI
17:37 ONE to implement LSF surcharge in China and Taiwan
17:15 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-October totaled 116,946 thousand tons
16:41 Moody's reaffirms Panama Canal's A2 long-term rating with stable outlook
16:26 Port of Oakland shatters 11-year-old record for November imports
15:54 Yamal LNG will build one more natural gas liquefaction facility
15:27 Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation team up for “Sea Meets Land” funding initiative
15:17 PETRONAS releases Annual Activity Outlook report for 2019-2021
14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
14:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,328 in RF spot market
14:13 Damen’s triple delivery for Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58