HHP Insight for July 16, 2015 – North America’s first LNG ferry enters service

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STQ for North America’s First LNG Ferry
North America’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled ferry entered service this week, as STQ, the Société des traversiers du Québec, put the Italian-built F.A. Gauthier to work on the St. Lawrence River. The ship is Canada’s first to operate on LNG, and North America’s second, following Harvey Gulf International Marine’s Harvey Energy offshore supply vessel, now in Gulf of Mexico service for Shell.

Fjord Line Aims for Its Own LNG Supply
Norway-headquartered Fjord Line is working with the Danish Port of Hirtshals and the HMN Gashandel utility to build a liquefied natural gas plant to support its two dedicated-LNG cruise ferries – and other emerging marine customers.

BC Ferries Defers LNG Retrofits by a Year
Canada’s BC Ferries has pushed its plans to convert two Spirit-class ferries to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation back by a year, at the same time naming three shipyards it is considering for the work. The yards are in Vancouver, Italy and Poland.

GE Turbine Approved for LNG Carrier
Hyundai Heavy Industries reports development with GE Aviation and Marine of the world’s first gas turbine-powered LNG carrier, and said the partners have secured Approval in Principle for a 174,000-cubic-meter vessel from UK-based Lloyd’s Register.

XNG for Industrial LNG in NY, then Tacoma
Direct Energy Business and Xpress Natural Gas report that their CNG facility in Manheim, N.Y. (between Schenectady and Syracuse) is fully operational, providing fuel to regional customers via a fleet of Hexagon Titan tube trailers. And, XNG is in permitting for a second compression installation in Tacoma, Wash.

Broadwind-Safe for Mobile CNG Fueling
Illinois-based Broadwind Energy is promoting a mobile fueling unit for compressed natural gas using a compressor from Safe North America. The portable fueler is designed to support natural gas vehicles in areas lacking a pipeline infrastructure.

Bomin Linde to Order LNG Bunker Vessel
Bomin Linde LNG reported early this month that its plans for an LNG bunker vessel are ‘progressing rapidly’ – a tender process has entered the final phase and ‘the vessel is expected to be ordered in the third quarter this year and will become operational in 2017.’

Harvey Gulf Acquires Gulfport Shipyard
Harvey Gulf International Marine, operator of the first U.S. flag vessel fueled by liquefied natural gas, is buying the shipyard that built the ship as it launches its new Harvey Shipyard Group affiliate. ‘These shipyard acquisitions will position Harvey Gulf as America’s only builder, owner, and operator of dual-fuel (diesel/LNG) offshore supply vessels,’ said chairman and CEO Shane Guidry.

Registration Open for HHP Summit 2015
HHP Summit 2015 takes place October 27-29 in Dallas, Texas. The Summit’s three-day program will showcase the key fueling solutions, engines, equipment, technology, and policies driving the advance of natural gas as a diesel displacement for marine, mining, E&P, locomotive, and off-pipeline power generation applications.
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