|Enhanced Safety for LNG Vessels : StormGeo’s Seaware product adds GTT’s tank sloshing prediction and alerting system|
January, 2014, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France and Bergen, Norway – StormGeo, the global weather services company, has partnered with French company GTT to add enhanced Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) membrane tank sloshing prediction and monitoring to their current Seaware EnRoute Live (ERL) onboard software product. LNG shippers who use this product will benefit from Seaware seakeeping operational decision support that incorporates components of ship motion, stability, weather, and sea state. This well proven vessel monitoring complements GTT’s industry leading expertise in the design and development of cargo tank systems for LNG carriers.
Sloshing in tanks is one operational factor to be considered for all LNG carrier owners or operators. Due to its stochastic nature, sloshing can generate impacts on the containment system, for which zero risk cannot be attained, even in moderate sea states. Furthermore, sloshing is also identified as a first order factor for the increase in natural boil off of the liquid cargo. Managing the risk of sloshing is then a critical economical concern for all the actors of maritime LNG transport. To avoid an excessive tank sloshing incident at sea, this Seaware on-board system with GTT’s Sloshing Prediction Program takes into account the detailed hull lines of the ship, the actual loading condition, roll damping, wave spectrum, and ship speed/heading. The captain can, prior to departure, simulate and plan a sailing route mitigating potential tank sloshing risks as part of a safe and efficient Seaware calculated optimized route recommendation. As loading condition, weather, and sea state conditions can change during transit, Seaware’s ERL uses its tactical alerting mode to alert the Captain and bridge officers for potential excessive tank sloshing risk with enough time to change course or speed and to provide guidance in choosing the most efficient mitigation action. GTT collaboration with StormGeo can also develop sloshing impacts monitoring systems which can be used at sea to monitor real time sloshing activity in the tanks and check the efficiency of mitigating action. Based on GTT’s expertise on statistical sloshing data analysis and Seaware ERL monitoring/recording capacities, post voyage analysis can also be performed, enabling fleet management constant improvement.
“Seaware EnRoute Live is the most advanced onboard weather and ship routing product suite in the market,” states Kent Zehetner, CEO of StormGeo. “The addition of the sloshing prediction program will add significant value for our LNG clients by improving safety during the voyage. We measure success through the number of risks we enable our clients to avoid.”
Philippe Berterottière, CEO of GTT adds, “Our expertise in LNG shipping technology and StormGeo’s dominance in the weather services market make this partnership a natural fit for GTT. Sloshing prediction modules are the next step in ensuring the safest possible sea crossing for our LNG customers.”
StormGeo is a global weather services provider with operations in Offshore, Renewables, Media, Corporate Enterprise and Shipping industries. As one of the world’s largest commercial weather service providers, it serves a worldwide customer base with advanced solutions through its 24/7 forecasting desks. Seaware EnRoute Live is a StormGeo software product that provides shippers with crucial data relating to their cargo, sea conditions, and weather risks along the voyage.
For more information, visit www.stormgeo.com
|GTT records its first « bunkering » order|
GTT membrane technology has been selected by STX France to fit out PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship), the new environmental ferry propelled with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), ordered by Brittany Ferries.
This innovative vessel will use GTT Mark III insulation system and will be built in Saint-Nazaire, in France. It should be delivered by the end of 2016.
In addition, GTT has also been selected to design the tanks of three other Brittany Ferries ships to be converted to LNG propulsion.
This order has arrived within the context of new European regulations, relating to sulphur oxide emissions, which strongly incites ship-owners to consider using less polluting fuels. With this prospect, propulsion with LNG represents one of the most competitive methods in order to respect the objectives of reducing emissions imposed by these new regulations.
Moreover, the membrane technology developed by GTT for LNG propulsion offers the ship-owners many advantages of optimization of space and cost.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT declared: “This order marks the entrance of GTT into the new field of LNG bunkering, and demonstrates once again our clear expertise in the LNG industry. GTT is perfectly positioned to accompany its ship-owner customers during the industry-wide evolution towards more environmental ships.”
|GTT signs license agreement with Keppel Singmarine for membrane containment systems for LNG carriers|
On 8 January 2014, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Keppel Singmarine, the specialised shipbuilding division of Keppel Offshore & Marine, signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the design and construction of LNG carriers using GTT’s membrane containment systems.
The partnership between GTT and Keppel Singmarine will enable both companies to leverage each other’s expertise and experience in LNG technology and specialized shipbuilding to cater to the world’s demand for optimised, innovative and high quality LNG carriers.
The demand for LNG is growing tremendously worldwide, in particular Southeast Asia, where Singapore is aiming to be a hub for LNG bunkering and regional LNG distribution. Small scale oil and gas networks are also considering the supply of LNG to remote markets such as small islands in Indonesia, while the use of LNG as a fuel for ship, road and rail transport is getting more and more widespread. With an increasing demand for LNG, there will be a need for more small to medium scale LNG carriers and bunker ships to support the LNG industry. “GTT has a long standing and strong relationship with Keppel Offshore & Marine. Today, we have passed a new milestone and I am pleased to count Keppel Singmarine as a new GTT partner from the Keppel Offshore & Marine Group. This agreement will enable Keppel Singmarine to propose GTT solutions in the design and construction of LNG carriers and is a major landmark in the long and successful partnership of GTT with Singapore”, declared Mr. Berterottière, GTT Chairman and CEO.
Mr. Hoe Eng Hock, Managing Director of Keppel Singmarine, said, “We are pleased to enter into this win-win partnership with GTT which will allow us to incorporate GTT’s innovative solutions in designing and building of LNG carriers for the LNG market. With an established track record of delivering some 400 specialised vessels, we understand the need of the market for quality and safe solutions, and we are confident our partnership with GTT will help us meet this market requirement.
Keppel Singmarine is capable of designing and building a wide spectrum of vessels, spanning from Anchor Handling Tug/Supply vessels, Multi-Purpose Offshore Support vessels and tugboats to highly advanced solutions such as icebreakers and ice-class support vessels.
With more than 70% of the world LNG carrier fleet equipped with membrane technologies, GTT systems have become the technology of choice for new LNG carrier orders and offshore applications. GTT proposes also a whole range of services for supporting the owners throughout the lifespan of their vessels.
|Southeast Asia LNG GTT membrane land storage tank construction for EWC is progressing well|
GTT is pleased to announce that the construction of the two LNG storage tanks ordered by EWC in Southeast Asia is progressing.
In 2009 and 2011, Energy World Corporation (EWC) and GTT signed two contracts for Land storage tank construction in Indonesia and the Philippines, to be equipped with GTT’s GST® Membrane Full Integrity System. For both projects, GTT supervises the detailed design of the storage tank containment systems, provides technical assistance on site during the containment systems installation and will assist the Operator during the whole tank life.
The first project between EWC and GTT is the Sengkang LNG site development project, in Keera, province of South Sulawesi in Indonesia. So far, the base slabs are completed and the slip form equipment which will erect the wall of the 88.000m3 tank is being assembled.
The second project of a 130.000m3 LNG storage tank is being built for LNG Hub Terminal on Pagbilao Grande Island, Quezon Province, in the Philippines. Base slab construction is completed and slip form equipment is ready for the construction of the walls.
Stewart W. G. Elliott, Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EWC, explained that it is a significant construction step for the Philippines first LNG receiving terminal and for the Indonesian liquefaction plant.
Philippe Berterottière, President & CEO of GTT stated that these projects are significant first steps on the return of GTT membrane type land storage systems to the World market. These projects both benefit from the inherent cost and schedule advantages of the GTT design.
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|GTT receives the CWC LNG Technological Innovation Award for 2013|
On the occasion of the World LNG Summit held in Paris on November 18th-21st 2013, GTT was awarded the LNG Technological Innovation Award 2013 by CWC for its work on the development of its membrane containment systems to reduce the daily Boil-Off in LNG Carrier tanks.
The LNG Technological award rewards an active member of the LNG industry, a company that has made a positive commercial or technical contribution to the LNG production, transportation or regasification over the years through commercial innovation and creativity.
This award was presented to GTT in recognition of its improved membrane type containment systems for LNGC which have reduced significantly the amounts of daily cargo evaporation (Boil-Off) by up to 40%. This gives owners more flexibility by enabling them to reduce speed and divert deliveries without loss of cargo.
The Award was presented by Mr. Brian Haggerty of Woodside energy Ltd. to Philippe Berterottière, GTT Chairman and CEO, who declared: “We are honored by this award which recompenses all the talents and efforts of the GTT innovation and technical teams, not only recently but also during the last fifty years.”
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|GTT participation at NEVA 2013|
Every two years, St. Petersburg is the place to be for stakeholders involved in the Russian maritime industry.
The NEVA exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet the shipping, shipbuilding and offshore energy top executives during four days of intensive technical and business meetings.
GTT, the expert in LNG containment systems, will, for the third consecutive event, present its membrane technologies on booth 714/6 – hall 7, once again demonstrating its commitment to the Russian market.
GTT supports the current offshore and onshore projects in Russia: Yamal LNG, Vladivostok LNG, Sakhalin expansion, etc.
The GTT Mark III membrane also equipped the four tanks of the Ob River, the first ship of its kind to have sailed across the Arctic NSR during winter. In order to respect new international requirements, GTT innovates constantly to propose solutions for the whole LNG chain: use of LNG as a fuel for commercial vessels, small and mid scales LNG vessel, etc.
On September 25th, GTT was happy to welcome its partners to its booth for a networking cocktail.
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|GTT North America|
In order to tap the global LNG market opportunities, GTT is opening a subsidiary in Houston. The inauguration of the new office will take place on September 13th in the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel.
GTT is moving with the LNG global demand growth. LNG has become an alternative and an efficient energy as a marine fuel, less polluant than HFO and potentially less costly than other alternatives. In this context, to serve new market opportunities as well as strengthening its relationship with North American LNG market as a whole, GTT has opened GTT North America.
The new subsidiary based in Houston will concentrate on the use of LNG as a marine fuel for commercial vessels. This will require the design and construction of small scale LNG carriers or bunker barges, small scale LNG storage tanks and LNG fuel tanks for larger commercial vessels.
The Houston team has been assigned the task of promoting technologies, applications and GTT services and to place
GTT as a legitimate and essential player in the LNG fuel tank market with ship-owners, operators and engineering companies.
The Houston new office will be 5 000 miles away from GTT office in Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France), but will remain close the GTT company vision of permitting access to more people both safely and economically to a clean energy. The official inauguration ceremony of the new office will take place in September 13th to Omni Houston Galleria Hotel. This event will bring together decision makers from the whole of the maritime industry.
In addition, in order to provide more knowledge about GTT membrane technologies, GTT will be holding seminars in Norfolk, New Orleans and Houston from 9th to 13th September.
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|Acciona Engineering and GTT sign a license agreement for the construction of cryogenic liquid onshore tank using GST® membrane full integrity system|
On September 05th 2013, Acciona Engineering and GTT signed a License Agreement for the design and construction of the GST® Membrane Full Integrity system.
Acciona is a major Spanish contractor delivering EPC projects for the power and the Oil&Gas industry.
Pablo Garcia-Arenal Rodriguez – Managing Director Industrial Infrastructure of Acciona Engineering declared on this occasion: “We believe GST®Membrane Full Integrity system is a smart technology that brings cost & schedule advantage without compromising safety. We strongly intend to offer it for upcoming LNG projects. GTT is a key partner in the LNG field and we are very proud to become a GTT licensee.”
Philippe Berterottière – President & CEO of GTT declared: “We are also proud to have Acciona as a GTT licensee for the construction of the GST® Membrane Full Integrity system. The global presence of Acciona, and especially in Australia, Canada and Latin-America, where Acciona is involved in large scale infrastructure projects should enhance both companies’ market position. The main advantages of the GST® Membrane Full Integrity system for land storage tank applications will enable Acciona to offer the full scope for the LNG tank, and therefore enlarge global business opportunities.”
|HYPROC and GTT renewed their Technical Service Agreement after more than 40 years of close collaboration|
Since 1971 HYPROC has been operating membrane type LNG Carriers after undertaking the first commercial voyage of LNG Carrier Hassi R’mel. In 1990, Hyproc represented by Techinical Manager Mr Mokrane Yataghene (who occupied later on the position of Executive VP at GTT) and GazTransport represented by Mr Pierre Jean signed a Technical Service Agreement. GTT has always been available to support HYPROC whenever they request, notably during ship surveys. On 3rd of July 2013, in the presence of Mr Pierre Jean and Mr Mokrane Yataghene, Hyproc’s Marine operation Manager Mr Hocine Boudia (on behalf of HYPROC President Mr Smain Ghomri) and GTT President & CEO Mr Philippe Berterottière have renewed the Technical Service Agreement in order to confirm the continuous friendship and strong corporation between the two companies. Today HYPROC operates 7 LNG carriers of GTT membrane type.
|GTT receives Best Paper Award from ISOPE conference|
For the second time in three years, ISOPE rewarded Laurent Brosset, Technical Expert in the Liquid Motion Department at GTT, with the Best Paper Award, for his contribution to the article “Elementary Loading Processes (ELP) involved in breaking wave impacts: findings from the Sloshel project”.
The International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) gathers every year hundreds of engineers and researchers for a conference composed of several symposia mostly related to marine engineering.
ISOPE is one of the most important technical conferences, along with OMAE, on this domain. What makes it particular is its special symposium dedicated to sloshing.
GTT has participated actively in every conference since the first one including a sloshing symposium, which was held in Osaka in 2009.
Each conference ends with a rewards ceremony, including the best conference paper of the previous year. On July 3rd, this prize was awarded to Wim Lafeber (MARIN), Hannes Bogaert (MARIN) and Laurent Brosset in Anchorage (AK, USA). The paper was selected from a total of 645.
“Elementary Loading Processes (ELP) involved in breaking wave impacts: findings from the Sloshel project” shows that all wave impacts generate loads in time and space domains, which are always made of the 3 same elementary components (Elementary Loading Processes or ELPs). This result is illustrated thanks to experimental data (mostly pressure measurements and synchronized high speed videos recording the shape of the waves during impacts) obtained during wave impact tests in the Delta flume of Deltares (NL), at the time of the Joint industrial Project Sloshel.
The first ELP appears at the first contact point between the free surface and the wall. It is related to the propagation of a pressure wave throughout the liquid. The second ELP basically corresponds to the hydrodynamic load. The third ELP is associated to the gas compression either when the gas escapes during the wave approach or when it is entrapped in pockets in between the liquid and the wall.
This decomposition of the loads due to liquid impacts helps understanding the scaling effects, which is essential in the study of sloshing essentially based on small scale model tests.
|GTT and FESRC sign an agreement for the design and construction of LNG carriers|
At the occasion of the International economic forum of St Petersburg, GTT and FESRC have signed an agreement for the design and construction of LNG carriers in the Russian federation on June 21st 2013.
This agreement is particularly aiming at developing the construction of LNG carriers in the far eastern region of the Russian federation, in Zvezda, a shipyard located near Vladivostok. The vessels to be built in Zvezda are aiming at answering the various demands from Russian owners for LNG transportation. GTT will bring its expertise in its well-known membrane technology which, currently is used on more than 90 percent of the LNG carriers in construction and will work closely with FESRC to implement the assembly of membrane systems in FESRC and the production of required materials and equipment in the Russian federation.
At this occasion, Philippe Berterottière chairman and C.E.O. of GTT declared: “We are very proud to be part of this great endeavor to develop and build LNG carriers in FERSC, we will make our utmost for making it an outstanding success.”
About GTT: GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) is a French company specialized in the design, engineering, service and licensing of cryogenic containment systems for maritime transportation and land storage of Liquefied Natural Gaz (LNG).
About FERSC: FERSC (Far Eastern Shipbuilding and shipRepair Center) is a subsidiary of OSK (United Shipbuilding Corporation) which is the largest and most experienced shipbuilder and designer in Russia, controlling more than 80% of the domestic capacity. One of the strategic objectives of OSK is to develop designs and construct ships for the Russian offshore oil and gas market.
|ClassNK grants its Approval in Principle of GTT Mark III Flex system|
On the occasion of visits to LNG industry players in Tokyo, on 18 June 2013, Mr. Berterottière, Chairman & CEO of Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), received the Approval in Principle of GTT Mark III Flex from Mr. Kinoshita, Managing Director of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).
This Approval in Principle concludes the review by ClassNK of the technical documents issued after an extensive justification program covering strength and fatigue tests, Finite Element Model analyses, materials qualification and a large scale mock-up. Mark III Flex system offers an increase in the insulation strength, an improvement in the boil-off rate of the tank or a combination of the two in order to reflect the latest trends in the LNG market.
“After several years of collaboration with ClassNK on R&D programs, I am honoured to receive today this Approval in Principle which defines an additional milestone in the relationship between our companies and beyond, with the whole Japanese LNG community”, declared Mr. Berterottière.
Founded in 1899, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, known as ClassNK or NK, is Japan’s Ship Classification Society. ClassNK is actively engaged in a growing range of ship and offshore related activities and services for the protection of human life and property at sea as well as protection of the marine environment. The organization has over 8,300 ships under class, representing over 215 million gross tonnage.
With more than 70% of the world LNG carrier fleet equipped with GTT membrane technologies, and with 50 years of experience, GTT is a world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG. The GTT systems have become the technology of choice for new LNG carrier orders and offshore applications.
|First GTT seminar in India – June 14th, 2013 – Delhi|
On June 14th 2013, GTT organized its first technical seminar in Delhi, India, focused on Membrane systems for LNG carriers, and Offshore and Onshore LNG facilities.
This one-day seminar hosted by experts of GTT was an excellent occasion to share information on the latest developments and viewpoints concerning the import of natural gas with India’s LNG community.
The program included various presentations:
- Introduction to Membrane Systems for LNG
- Materials and Suppliers for Membrane Technologies
- Design Solutions for LNG carriers, from very small to very large
- Offshore and Onshore technical solutions
- Return on experience from ELENGY (French’s leading LNG operator – GDF Suez Group) on the GTT membrane full integrity tank System
More than 70 people from the full spectrum of India’s LNG industry, including representatives from government bodies, National and International Oil and Gas companies, Shipbuilders, Ship-owners, Classification Societies, Engineering companies, EPC contractors, etc., participated in this seminar.
The conference was very lively and constructive.
We thank particularly Mr Sunand SHARMA, President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry for his involvement during the introduction of the seminar, and all the companies for their participation and interest.
|GTT receives an LNG Innovation Award|
On the occasion of the 9th Asia Gas Congress held in Beijing on 9 and 10th May 2013, GTT has been awarded the LNG Shipping Innovation Award.
The Award has been handed over by Mr. Zhang Weiping, Former CNOOC, Deputy Chief Economist on the occasion of the Award Ceremony on 9th May 2013.
Aziz Bamik, GTT Business Development Director, declared: “GTT was born from Innovation and it is a great honor to receive this Award which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the company. GTT technologies have been serving the LNG shipping sector for decades with a significant safety record. Recent designs developed for LNG carriers include 32 000 m3, 16 500 m3 shallow draft and a 4 000 m3 feeder vessel are perfectly fitted for the LNG requirements in China for safer and simpler operations for coastal trade, river trade and LNG fuel logistic chain.”
GTT speech held by Aziz Bamik, GTT Business Development Director, during the Award Ceremony on 9th May 2013 (download pdf here)
|Light Structures and GTT will join forces to deliver Sloshing Monitoring systems to the growing LNG fleet|
Light Structures, the leading producer of fiber-optic monitoring technology, has recently released its new Sloshing Monitoring system and announced today that it has entered a marketing agreement with GTT, the French technology and engineering company who is the market leader of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) membrane containment systems.
In the coming years, Light Structures and GTT will work together to develop and market tools and services for the operators of LNG vessels with GTT membrane containment systems, to enhance the safety of operations by monitoring cargo sloshing in the tanks. The new system will be based on Light Structures’s fiber optic monitoring solution and a prediction module to be developed by the partners. Inge C. Paulsen, Light Structures’ Managing director claims that this will be a breakthrough for their monitoring technology and that it will most likely become a standard equipment on new LNG carriers.
Light Structures AS, a Oslo, Norway based company, provides advanced structural monitoring solutions for shipping, oil & gas, wind and navy. The patented fiber optic technology was developed for the Royal Norwegian Navy but has since its start in 2001 delivered solution to more than 100 units ranging from tankers, bulker, container vessels, LNGC’s, FPSO, drillers and a variety of different navy vessels.
For more information – www.lightstructures.no