BV: Adoption of LNG as Fuel Progressive Transition

first_imgzoom An immediate demand for LNG as fuel for container shipping in eco-zones, such as North Europe or the United States, can be expected in the near future, Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President of Marine and Offshore Division at Bureau Veritas told our reporters at this year’s SMM exhibition and conference in Hamburg.Donche-Gay said that adoption of LNG as fuel will be a progressive transition, adding that “notably, for containers ensuring transportation within those zones we can expect containerships of 1000 TEU or smaller to immediately shift to LNG as fuel and be fully compliant with NOx and SOx regulations.”According to him, in this way the market is being created for bigger ships.Bureau Veritas has been engaged in projects related to adoption of LNG as fuel for some time now, including classification of LNG powered vessels. The most recent include Becker Marine’s LNG Hybrid power barge, which will be deployed to Hamburg and start operation in October 2014.In the cruise season the barge will deliver power to the AIDA fleet. In wintertime shore-based clients will receive electric power and thermal energy.Donche-Gay also said that Bureau Veritas carried out the risk analysis and HAZID studies for the project.Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class the unique LNG bunkering vessel which will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries, Korea, under an agreement between Japan’s NYK and Mitsubishi and France’s GDF-Suez.The vessel will carry 5,000 cum of LNG for ships’ fuel stored at 4 Bar in two IMO Type C pressure tanks. Delivery is set for 2016 when the vessel will operate from the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, initially supplying LNG fuel from GDF-SUEZ to the fleet of United European Car Carriers.Donche-Gay said, “Our experience with every type and size of gas carrier, our lead in the area of dual-fuel and multi-function gas carriers and our ability to support the partners means we can make a real contribution to this initiative. It will help kick-start LNG bunkering, bringing forward the use of this clean fuel in North European waters.” World Maritime News Staff, September 09, 2014last_img read more

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Fiona Hunter will give talk on ticks to local group

Fiona Hunter will give a talk on Feb. 28 about the emerging problem of ticks in Niagara.The professor of Biological Sciences will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club.Hunter’s talk will discuss how ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of disease to humans. The black-legged tick (aka deer tick) has made its way into the Niagara Region and many of these ticks carry the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex will allow Hunter’s research group to examine the effect that Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) might have on the longevity and behaviour of infected ticks.In addition to ticks, Hunter maintains her long-running research into the evolution of sugar-feeding in biting flies. She currently teaches courses in Introductory Biology and Entomology and has four graduate students who conduct their research under her supervision. read more

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