A shipyard in Germany or Scandinavia is likely to be chosen within the next few weeks by Norwegian coastal freight and passenger ferry operator, Hurtigruten, as it embarks on a major environmental upgrade of seven existing vessels to run on LNG and liquid biogas (LBG).

Germany’s TT-Line has confirmed newbuilding deals with China’s Jinling Shipyard to build up to two LNG dual fuel ropax vessels for use in the Baltic Sea.

Wärtsilä is seeing increasing recognition for the upgraded version of its China-made Wärtsilä 20 engine, with a total of 33 engines being ordered in June, all for newbuildings for Cosco-linked companies at Chinese yards.

Developments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering are continuing apace as more projects take shape. ABS is working with Athens-based probunkers to provide technical support for the design of a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for port operations.

MISC petroleum tanker unit AET has sealed a long-term charter for its two newbuild LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company.

Sinanju Tankers announced it has placed an order for Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker.

IMO secretary-general Ki-Tack Lim underscored the organisation’s commitment to enforcing the 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuel from 2020, and in a warning for those hoping for a reprieve said “There is no turning back!”

In another potential alternative fuel MAN Diesel & Turbo is to cooperate with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on the development of a LPG dual-fuel engine.

Specialized vessels shipbuilder Vard Holdings is riding on the cutting edge of new technology with the sealing of a contract for the design and construction of what is believed to be the world’s first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board.

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion has won the first European contract to convert a dredger to dual-fuel for Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports.

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