ACT News 2017

Dual Fuel

LPG-Diesel Dual Fuel by Prins-Unigas

November 17, 2017 in Dual Fuel, milestones, Propane, propane autogas, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Heavy-Duty Dual Fuel Technology Progresses in Australia

New propane-diesel dual-fuel technology for heavy vehicles is on the cards in Australia after trials conducted by Unigas, Prins Autogassystemen and CMV Truck & Bus showed positive operational and environmental results over a two-year period.

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Unigas,
the propane autogas division of Elgas,
Australia’s largest marketer of propane,
aka LPG/liquefied petroleum gas.

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HHP: Florida Railroad Shows Off LNG Ops

November 17, 2017 in Dual Fuel, event, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Exclusive’ Tour in Connection with the HHP Summit

The Florida East Coast Railway gave High Horsepower (HHP) Summit participants a look at its liquefied natural gas operations in Jacksonville, Fla. last week. The “exclusive tour,” FECR says, included participants not only from rail but from the marine, mining, E&P/energy exploration and production and power generation HHP sectors.
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Tote Taps MAN for LNG Conversions

November 14, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Alaska-Trade Ships Each to Have Four Engines Converted

Tote took the occasion of last week’s High Horsepower (HHP) Summit in Florida to detail its plans to convert the engines of its two Alaska cargo ships to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
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HHP: Biggest Box Ships: LNG-Fueled

November 8, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GTT Is Designing Membrane LNG Tanks for Nine Vessels

The Marseille, France-based CMA CGM Group said yesterday that nine new container ships to be built in China will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
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HHP: Cat Offers 785C Mine Truck on LNG

November 7, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Mining, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Retrofit Kit Uses DGB/Dynamic Gas Blending

Caterpillar is getting ready to offer its DGB/dynamic gas blending retrofit kit for the Cat 785C mine haul truck, allowing the vehicle to run on a mix of liquefied natural gas and diesel fuel, “lowering fuel cost and maintaining diesel power and transient performance.”
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HHP: GFS for Terex 4400 Truck on LNG

November 6, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Mining, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

An Initial Six Vehicles to Be Converted at a Mine in India

Florida’s GFS Corp says it’s designing an Evo-MT LNG-diesel dual fuel system for the “Terex unit Rig 4400 model haul truck,” and that six such vehicles will be converted for liquefied natural gas operation at a mine in India.

GFS Corp’s Evo-MT system on a Komatsu 9300 mine haul truck



“The first six trucks are scheduled to begin operating on LNG in early 2018 and the project is slated to expand in the near future to over fifty trucks,” GFS says.

The company describes its Evo-MT for mine trucks as “an integrated system consisting of onboard fuel storage and vaporization in addition to controls and safety systems that allow the truck to operate on a combination of LNG and diesel fuel, or NG+D operation.”

Enough LNG for a 12-Hour Shift

The Evo-MT 4400 system will provide 259 usable U.S. gallons of onboard LNG storage, GFS says, enough to complete a 12-hour shift.

GFS Corp currently offers retrofit systems for Caterpillar 777B, C and D, 785B, C and D, 793B, C and D trucks and 992G and K wheel loaders, as well as Komatsu 830DC, AC and 930E trucks.

Cummins QSK60

“To date,” GFS says, “the various Evo-MT Systems have successfully logged well over 400,000 hours in actual mining operations in environments with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to above 100 degrees F.”

According to one internet source, the Terex 4400 is powered by a Cummins QSK60 engine.

HHP Summit 2017 in Jacksonville Right Now

Want to know more about natural gas for mine trucks and other fuel-thirsty applications? The sixth Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit gets underway today, and runs through November 9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The HHP Summit series is organized and hosted by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

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Tote Alaska LNG: Conversion Timeline

August 28, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of Two Ships to Go into Dry Dock in December,
Conversion of the Pair to Be Completed in Early 2021

Tote Maritime plans to convert its two Orca-class containerships connecting Tacoma, Wash. and Alaska to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation, starting at the end of this year and concluding in early 2021. Because of the need for the vessels to remain in service – they account for a large percentage of Alaska’s freight traffic – the company has opted to work on each ship in two stages.
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Chart-GFW Fueler for LNG Quarry Trucks

August 23, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Developed with Ground Force Worldwide
Can Handle LNG and Diesel: As Such Is a First-Ever

Chart Industries and Idaho-based Ground Force Worldwide are talking up a new fuel delivery vehicle capable of providing operators with both liquefied natural gas and diesel fuel. The truck marks GFW’s first venture into LNG fueling.
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Wärtsilä LNG Engines for Four More Tankers

June 26, 2017 in Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sweden’s Erik Thun Is Adding to Dual Fuel Tanker Fleet:
Four LNG-Diesel Ships Built by Netherland’s Ferus Smit
Powered by 34DF Engines with LNGPac Fuel Supply Units

Wärtsilä is providing engines, propellers, and fuel supply systems for four new liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel-powered vessels for Thun Tankers, a unit of Lidköping, Sweden-based based Erik Thun AB and member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
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Pasha Taps Keppel for New LNG Ships

May 12, 2017 in Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two New Dual Fuel Vessels with Options for Two More

Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii said yesterday that it’s selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, to build two new liquefied natural gas-fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels.
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Caterpillar Test Bed for Marine LNG

May 12, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First of Its Kind’ Unit for Engines in Kiel, Germany

Caterpillar Marine is talking up a “First of Its Kind” testbed for liquefied natural gas-fueled engines, now in place at its facility in Kiel, Germany. The LNG preparation unit includes an LNG tank and a gas preparation unit, both in 40-foot container size. Both were developed and provided by Marine Service GmbH, of Hamburg, Cat says.
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Westport HPDI 2.0 Via Volvo This Year

April 24, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Volvo Is to Offer Trucks with the ‘MethaneDiesel Euro VI’ Engine
To Be Nearly as Efficient as Diesel with 15% Less GHG Emissions,
‘Westport Is Now a Tier 1 Supplier’ to Heavy Vehicle Manufacturers

Watch for the official launch of the second iteration of Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology – designed allow heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas while preserving the efficient compression ignition cycle – late this year by Volvo Trucks in Europe.
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Wärtsilä LNG Gear for Two DEME Vessels

April 18, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Six Engines & Fuel Storage for 538-Foot ‘Spartacus’ CSD
As Well as for the New 689-Foot ‘Orion’ Construction Ship
As Gas Operating Fleet Concept Scheme for Asia Gets AiP

Finland’s Wärtsilä is talking up its role in providing half a dozen LNG-diesel dual fuel engines, onboard LNG storage, and propellers and thrusters for both a large CSD/cutter suction dredger being built in Europe and an even larger construction vessel being built in Asia.
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APG Trumpets Third Follow-On DF Order

March 27, 2017 in Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$100,000-Plus – ‘Third in as Many Years’ for Dual Fuel Upfits,
Work to be Done by Rush Using Momentum CNG Fuel Systems

The American Power Group is talking up a follow-on order worth more than $100,000 for its V5000 dual fuel upfits from a Midwest fleet.
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Crowley Launches First of Its LNG Pair

March 23, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

El Coquí, First Commitment-Class Ship, Is Now in the Water,
New Eagle LNG Plant in Jacksonville Will Support ConRo Vessels

Crowley Maritime this week launched El Coqui, the first of its two liquefied natural gas-fueled Commitment-class cargo vessels, at the VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. El Coquí is to be delivered for Caribbean service later this year and a sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of 2018.
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ABS Issues AiP for LNG Ship Concept

March 15, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Design Can Accommodate Different Engines & Fuel Tanks

Houston-based ABS – aka the American Bureau of Shipping – has issued an AiP/Approval in Principle for Seatransporter-DF, a liquefied natural gas-diesel dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers of Nassau, in the Bahamas.
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BC Ferries Runs LNG, Bunkers with LNG

February 24, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

April for First of Three Newbuilds to Enter Service
As Agency Plans Retrofits of Two Flagship Vessels

“We intend to enter service fully on LNG,” says BC Ferries engineering VP Mark Wilson. His Vancouver-area agency is conducting training and sea trials now of Salish Orca, the first of three 353-foot (107-meter), liquefied natural gas-fueled Wärtsilä-powered vessels built by Remontowa in Gdansk, Poland.
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