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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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NuBlu Energy: Local LNG in Louisiana

March 27, 2017 in Companies, HHP, Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

30,000 Gallons Per Day at New Port Allen Facility
Heralds ‘New Direction for the LNG Energy Market’

NuBlu Energy is building a liquefied natural gas production facility in Port Allen, La. The first phase, to be operational late this year, is to see production capability of 30,000 gallons of LNG daily for “rail, marine, long haul transportation, power generation, gas interruption, asphalt and other energy markets.”
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ACT Expo Speakers, Exhibition Hall Peek

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, fuel cells, Game Changer, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, investments, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Meeting Is Early This Coming May in Long Beach

Organizers of 2017’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have released the speaker line-up for the event, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. updated March 27
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TTSI Tests Low-NOx ISX12 G on Redeem

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Game Changer, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Trucking Industry Is Facing Hard Choices,’ Says CEO:
New CWI Engine Combined with RNG Seen as Viable Answer

Southern California’s Total Transportation Services, Inc., is testing a low-NOx variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from CWI/Cummins Westport, Inc., the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition reports. TTSI, Cal NGVC notes, is one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. updated March 27

TTSI’s re-powered Freightliner Cascadia

The low-NOx ISX12 G is a field test unit, says a CWI spokesman. It has been installed in a Freightliner Cascadia tractor. It is fueled with LNG/liquefied natural gas. TTSI is using “Redeem” brand fuel, made with RNG/renewable natural gas supplied by Clean Energy Fuels, says a Clean Energy source.

Hauler at the Forefront

TTSI has long been an alternative fuel pioneer, committing to LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks for the ports nearly a decade ago (F&F, August 18, 2008) and later testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks for drayage operations (F&F, August 1, 2011).

According the company website, TTSI currently operates 57 LNG tractors.

As Clean as a Battery Truck?

Available for order later this year, the 11.9-liter engine is expected to be certified by the California Air Resources Board to produce 90% less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines – “equivalent,” says Cal NGVC, “to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.”

“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” TTSI president and CEO Vic La Rosa says in the association article.

‘Quickest and Most Affordable Way to Cut Our NOx’

“We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Cummins Westport’s 11.9-liter ISX12 G hit the market in 2012/2013 (F&F, December 19, 2012). Production of the low-NOx variant – the ISX12G Near Zero? – is to start early next year.

“We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas,” La Rosa said.

Next Year for the Low-NOx ISX12 G

Late last year Cummins Westport began full production of the low-NOx variant of its 8.9-liter engine, offering it as the ISL G Near Zero (F&F, October 18). Engines have been shipped to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, Cal NGVC says. Production is to start early next year.

“CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine,” the association says.

With Biomethane, It’s a Game-Changer

“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Cummins Westport president Rob Neitzke.

“This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70% or more when run on renewable natural gas,” he said.

“We are also running field tests with other fleets in other applications,” a CWI spokesman told F&F, noting that production is to commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Learn More, Much More, at ACT Expo

Learn much more about the potential for low-NOx engine fueled by RNG at the special Game Changer Summit 2.0 session at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday, May 1. CWI and TTSI chiefs Neitzke and La Rosa are among the scheduled speakers.

ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Cal NGVC via NGV Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Peterbilt NZ Trucks Can Get HVIP Bucks

March 24, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Models 520 & 320 with CWI’s ISL G Near Zero Engine
Eligible for Hybrid & Zero-Emission Incentive Money

Peterbilt Model 520 and 320 trucks powered by Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, known as HVIP, the manufacturer reports.
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Van Oord Orders LNG Crane Vessel

March 24, 2017 in Fleet Order, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Firm’s First, and Is Being Built in The Netherlands

Rotterdam-based Van Oord has ordered its first liquefied natural gas-fueled vessel, the 224-foot (68.4-meter) Werkendam, now under construction at the Neptune shipyard in in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
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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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HHP Summit 2017: Jax in November

March 22, 2017 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Energy E&P, event, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Natural Gas for High Horsepower in Early November
In Home of World’s First LNG-Fueled Container Ships
Organizers Will Host the SEA\LNG Annual Meeting Too

Organizers of the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit have announced that the six edition of the annual gathering will take place November 6-9, 2017 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville is the base for the world’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships, operated by Tote Maritime, and is a pioneering center for commercial LNG bunkering and LNG-fueled rail operations as well.
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SGMF and SEA\LNG Sign MoU

March 22, 2017 in HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Two Organizations Join Forces on a Common Goal:
‘Making LNG the Fuel of Choice for the Shipping Industry’

The new SEA\LNG coalition and SGMF, the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, have signed a memorandum of understanding on how they “will work together to achieve their common goal of making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry.”

“SEA\LNG and SGMF have separate but complementary missions, and we are both wholly committed to the development of natural gas as a marine fuel,” SEA\LNG chairman and Tote Maritime executive VP Pete Keller said in an organization release.

“This MoU will ensure that our efforts are concentrated on defined areas, enabling us to support each other successfully, and ultimately providing the confidence and demand required for an effective, efficient, and safe global marine LNG value chain by 2020,” Keller said.

‘Leverage’

“SGMF does not cover the commercial aspect and therefore it will be beneficial to leverage the work of SEA\LNG,” SGMF general manager and COO Mark Bell said in the SEA\LNG announcement. “The 100-plus members of SGMF represent the whole value chain from supply to end use,” he said.

SEA\LNG was launched in mid-2016 to break down the commercial barriers to the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Founding members included Carnival/Aida, DNV GL, Engie, ENN, GE Marine, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi, the NYK Line, the Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Tote Maritime and Wärtsilä (HHP Insight, July 14, 2016).

SEALNG recently published a white paper titled Accelerating the Adoption of LNG as a Marine Fuel.

SGMF was formed as a spin-off from SIGTTO, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators in October 2013, focusing on the safety, operational, and technical aspects of natural gas as a sustainable marine fuel (HHP Insight, October 2, 2013).

Data Sharing

“The two organizations have pledged to support each other by sharing knowledge, data, and information from their own areas of responsibility that will be of benefit to each other’s members,” the announcement states.

SEA\LNG notes that SGMF’s data set of publications, guidance notices, industry statistics, and studies “is now also available for leverage by SEA\LNG… “In return, SEA\LNG can support SGMF in promoting coherent best practice throughout the industry.”

SEA\LNG members are to meet at this year’s High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, just announced for November 6-9 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla. – home of Tote Maritime’s two LNG-fueled container ships, the first of their kind in the world.


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Source: SEA\LNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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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UPS Spending $90m More on Natural Gas

March 15, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TruStar for Four New CNG Fueling Stations,
Freightliner & Kenworth for 440 New Trucks

UPS said today that it’s investing an additional $90 million in natural gas trucks and fueling infrastructure. The money will pay for 440 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks, and six new CNG fueling facilities.
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Cryoshelter’s Gen2 LNG Tanks for Trucks

March 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, LNG, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Benefits & Options that Address the Key Performance Factors’

Austria’s Cryoshelter is bringing its second-generation liquefied natural gas fuel tanks for trucks to market, doing so at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. this coming May. With an innovative structure, improved insulation, and driver-friendly manifold placement, the U.S. R110-certified tanks are said to offer significant advantages in terms of both capacity and hold time for the cryogenic fuel.
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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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Tote LNG in Carib, Alaska Not So Much

February 17, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Ships Serving San Juan Running 80%-Plus on LNG,
MAN Upfit Solution Sought for Two Vessels Serving Alaska

Tote Maritime has experienced only relatively minor glitches for its two new liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships connecting Jacksonville, Fla. and Puerto Rico. Both Isla Bella and sister Perla Del Caribe are making regular weekly runs, fueling truck-to-ship in Florida.
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Engie Receives First LNG Bunker Vessel

February 16, 2017 in LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the World’s First Built for the Purpose, Company Says,
And Will Soon Sail from Korea to Europe Under LNG Power

Engie and partners are talking up the delivery in Korea of “the world’s first purpose built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel.”
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Clean Energy & MVE: First Near Zero FLs

February 7, 2017 in Biomethane, LNG, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nine M2 Trucks for Mountain Valley Express to Use Redeem RNG:
They Are the First Freightliners to Employ ISL G Near Zero Engine

Nine new tractors with the super low-NOx 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport have been purchased by Mountain Valley Express and will be fueled with Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the fuel provider said this morning.


Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

“They are buying Freightliner M2s with LNG,” Clean Energy business development manager Jeff Wittenberger told F&F.

‘Revolutionary’

They are the first Freightliner trucks to be fitted with the ISL G Near Zero engine, says Bob Carrick of Freightliner.

“These revolutionary engines reduce smog forming NOx emissions by 90% over the current EPA standard, and when combined with Redeem, have 70% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than diesel trucks,” states the Clean Energy release.

‘No Better Way’

Redeem RNG, aka biomethane, if available as liquefied natural gas or CNG/compressed natural gas.

“I can think of no better way to demonstrate our commitment to the environment and reducing our footprint, than by having these trucks use Redeem,” MVE president and CEO James Scott Blevins says in the Clean Energy announcement.

‘Go Green’

“At Mountain Valley Express,” he said, “Our motto is ‘Go Green.’”

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

The engine has been certified (F&F, September 17, 2015) by the California Air Resources Board with a NOx emissions level of .02 grams per brake-horsepower-hour, Clean Energy says, noting that the agency “has defined this zero emissions level as equivalent to a 100% battery truck using electricity from a modern combined cycle natural gas power plant.”

And That Ain’t All…

A 12-liter Near Zero engine is expected next year.

Clean Energy also said this morning that it has contracts to build multiple fueling stations in early 2017, as well as new agreements in the trucking, transit and refuse sectors.

Click here for the full Clean Energy release.


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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Bomin Linde First for Fure West Tanker

February 6, 2017 in LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First LNG Fueling of a Chemical Carrier in a German Port

Bomin Linde LNG is talking up the first-ever successful bunkering of a liquefied natural gas-fueled chemical tanker at a German port.
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