The first conversion of a dredger to LNG dual-fuel by a European shipyard has been launched at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque.

Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (DSHa) has inked a contract with longstanding client Herman Sr. for its first diesel-electric Damen Shoalbuster 3514 SD DP2.

Joint venture Marine LNG Zeebrugge is to LNG as marine fuel for Equinor's four dual-fuel shuttle tankers that come into service in North Europe in early 2020.

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!”

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