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Pushing forward the boundaries on cleaner fuels, ABS has collaborated on the world’s first successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on Ethane as a fuel.

Faced with continued bleak prospects in the offshore market Bourbon is diversifying into the gas and ethane shipping markets in a $320m acquisition of companies owned by its parent Jaccar Holdings.

A new shipping trade has been born with the first ethane export cargo departing the US for Norway.

JHW has ordered five of the largest ever ethane carriers at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore (DSIC) in China, each powered by an MAN B&W dual-fuel engine.

Classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the first ethane-powered ship. JS Ineos Insight is the first of a series of eight 27,500 cu m multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacifi for Evergas.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has sealed a long term deal with India's Reliance for the transportation of liquefied ethane by very large ethane carriers (VLECs).

Wärtsilä is providing gas handling systems first ever VLECs to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea for India’s Reliance Group.


A number of shipowners in the gas sector are eyeing the potential of the nascent ethane shipping and VLEC market on the back of the shale gas revolution.

Jaccar Holdings and Hartmann Group are forming a joint venture in Singapore to commercially manage ethane carriers.

Classification society ABS has been selected to class a series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs) built at Samsung Heavy Industries for India’s conglomerate Reliance.

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