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July 25, 2017

Fos Tonkin increases its truck loading capacity

Fos Tonkin LNG terminal announced today that it has increased the capacity of its LNG truck loading facility, from 8 to 11 trucks that can be loaded each day.

In autumn 2017, development works on the terminal will allow an additional time slot to accommodate up to 12 trucks per day.

LNG truck facilities have been launched in 2013 at Montoir-de-Bretagne and in 2014 at Fos-sur-Mer. In 2016, 2 700 trucks have been loaded and nearly 3 500 are expected in 2017.

Edited from Elengy press release.

July 12, 2017

New truck loading bays at Gate LNG terminal

Gate terminal announced on July 12, 2017, that it has successfully started commercial operations of its two new truck loading bays at its LNG terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 10, 2017.

Gate terminal experienced a 50% increase of the truck loadings compared to last year, up to approx. 750 trucks being loaded in the first half of 2017. 

Gate terminal supports the development to use LNG as fuel by investing in infrastructure to allow customers to load LNG in smaller quantities. Trucks had been loaded since 2014 on one bay. In September 2016, a third berth was added to also load bunker vessels.

Edited from Gate terminal press release. 

June 28, 2017

JFTC contests destination clauses in LNG contracts

On June 28, 2017, Japan's Fair Trade Commission released the results of the Survey on LNG Trades it conducted with LNG industry participants.

The JFTC reviewed the necessity and the reasonableness of destination restrictions in FOB and DES contracts.

It concluded that FOB contracts which include destination clauses or restrictions on diversion prevent buyers from reselling LNG freely and properly and may well be in violation of the Antimonopoly Act.

In DES contracts, destination clauses are deemed necessary but the seller’s consent to diversion will be regarded as natural. Any restriction on diversion or competition-restraining requirement imposed by a seller may be in violation of the Antimonopoly Act and considered as an unfair trade practice.

Profit-sharing clauses, whereby buyers are obliged to share an unreasonable part of the resale profit with sellers or which prevent a user from reselling LNG, are also concerned. 

The Commission concluded that LNG buyers and sellers should carefully avoid these kind of clauses when negotiating new contracts as well as reviewing existing contracts. It added it would keep monitoring the LNG market and would take strict actions against any violations of the country's Antimonopoly Act.

Edited from JFTC report.

June 20, 2017

Brittany Ferries orders new LNG-fuelled ship

On June 20 2017, Brittany Ferries confirmed the construction of a new cruise ferry with a budget of around £175m to join its 10-ship fleet.

The ship, which will be named Honfleur, will operate between Ouistreham and Portsmouth and will be delivered in 2019. Honfleur will be built at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany and will be powered by LNG. 

Honfleur represents the next step in Brittany Ferries’ drive towards the future of sustainable transport. The move to LNG follows a €90 million investment in sulphur and particulate-reducing ‘scrubber’ technology. These exhaust emission systems have been retrospectively fitted to six Brittany Ferries ships over the last 18 months, in a project supported by around £5m in joint funding from the EU and its executive agency INEA – and the ADEME in France.

To address the issues of LNG infrastructure, specifically the lack of storage facilities in ports served by ships, Brittany Ferries has teamed up with Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS). TMFGS has partnered with two other French companies to implement a supply chain using 40 feet (ISO standard) LNG containers for LNG bunkering. The agreement with Dunkerque LNG covers the construction of an automated truck loading dock where the containers will be filled with LNG. The agreement with Groupe Charles André (CGA) covers the supply and transportation of ISO containers. Transported by truck from the Dunkerque LNG terminal to the port of Ouistreham, the containers will be lifted aboard the cruise ferry using onboard cranes, to supply a fixed LNG storage tank at the rear of the superstructure. Once empty, the containers will be offloaded at the next call at Ouistreham and replaced by full containers;

Edited from Brittany Ferries and TMFGS press releases. 

June 20, 2017

SLNG terminal performs first small-scale reload

SLNG announced on June 20 2017, that it has successfully performed its first small-scale LNG Gas-Up/Cool-Down and Reload at its terminal on Jurong Island. The operation was carried out from 18-20 June 2017 for the newly built, 6,500cbm, Cardissa, an LNG bunker vessel owned by Shell and co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility that will serve customers in Northwest Europe.

The operation was conducted at the SLNG Terminal’s secondary jetty, which is originally designed to accommodate LNG vessels from 60,000cbm to 265,000cbm in size. Detailed compatibility studies were carried out in advance to ensure that the vessel could safely call at the jetty. Prior to this, the smallest LNGC that had called at the SLNG Terminal for unloading or reloading was about 65,000cbm in size.

SLNG is already looking ahead to further enhance its capabilities in the small-scale LNG area, by exploring possible modifications to the secondary jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000cbm. This is expected to come onstream in 2019.

Edited from SLNG press release.