FLNG Hilli Episeyo (Image courtesy od Golar LNG)FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel and Shell, has completed the first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker transfer in Singapore.The LNG bunker transfer was done by a truck-to-ship method to the floating liquefaction (FLNG) vessel, Hilli Episeyo, that is expected to arrive in Cameroon later this year.The transfer was carried out in batches from 22 July to 23 September 2017, according to a joint statement.This marks the first LNG trucking operation for FueLNG, following the facilitation of Singapore LNG’s gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its Jurong Island terminal of the Cardissa, Shell’s LNG bunker vessel, in June this year.FueLNG is committed to building the LNG bunkering industry in Singapore, and is working with relevant local authorities to provide safe truck and vessel bunkering solutions, the statement reads.The JV has also secured contracts from Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime to provide LNG bunkering services for two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs. These contracts will commence in 2018 when construction of the tugs is completed.To promote Singapore as an LNG bunker-ready port, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) commenced its LNG bunkering pilot programme early this year. Under the programme, the MPA has provided various companies with grants of up to S$2 million per LNG-powered vessel constructed.Global industry players are poised to pursue greener and more sustainable solutions with the implementation of environmental regulations such as the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content effective from 1 January 2020.According to DNV GL, the use of LNG completely removes SOx and particulates, and reduces NOx and carbon dioxide emissions by 85 percent and at least 20 percent respectively.As of March 2017, there were 102 LNG-fuelled ships in operation and 108 on order, DNV GL’s data shows.
Update on the latest in sports: Braves extend contracts of manager Snitker, GM AnthopoulosATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season.Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker. Associated Press It was the first time the NASCAR’s season opener had been rescheduled since 2012.The first delay of the day came moments after Presidential Donald Trump’s motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. That created a delay of 13 minutes. Trump served as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 and gave the command for drivers to start their engines.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. eventually led the field to the green flag and was out front for the first 20 laps before heavier rain soaked a racing surface that takes hours to dry.NASCAR called drivers back to their cars around 6:40 p.m. EST, hoping to get more laps in before more showers hit again. Some drivers showed, but the heaviest rain of the day forced a postponement.NBA-SECOND HALF OBIT-HARRY GREGGGregg, former Man United player and Munich hero, dies at 87LONDON (AP) — The former Manchester United goalkeeper known as the “hero of Munich” has died at age 87.Harry Gregg died peacefully in a hospital, surrounded by family, according to The Harry Gregg Foundation.In 1958, Gregg rescued two teammates as well as a baby and her pregnant mother after their airplane crashed after refueling in Munich. The team was returning from a European Cup game. Gregg escaped the wreckage and return to the burning plane twice – to help two teammates and then a 20-month0old girl and her badly injured mother. For NBA players, a little rest now before a hectic finishCHICAGO (AP) — NBA returns Thursday for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set.The All-Star Game is over, Team LeBron defeating Team Giannis 157-155 in Chicago on Sunday night. Most players scurried onto private jets not long after the final buzzer for quick little getaways — places like Miami, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas (where some union meetings start Monday) were among the destinations.There are 12 teams that start Thursday: Milwaukee, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, Memphis, Sacramento, Houston and Golden State. Every other team resumes play Friday except for the Los Angeles Clippers, who get a couple extra days of break and won’t get back on the floor until Saturday afternoon.BRAVES-ANTHOPOULOS-SNITKER February 17, 2020 Gregg also helped revive United manager Matt Busby. Eight United players died in the crash.ENGLAND-VIOLENCEPolice investigate brawl at youth boxing tournament in EnglandCOVENTRY, England (AP) — Police are investigating an outbreak of violence at a youth boxing tournament in England that led to its cancellation.Video footage from Saturday published on social media showed people throwing chairs at each other and one man hurling a fire extinguisher during the brawl. In another video, a man holding an axe and sporting a bloodied face had a chair and other items thrown at him. Because of the violence, organizers decided to postpone the England Boxing National Youth Championship in the central English city of Coventry.England Boxing officials have launched their own investigation.TOKYO MARATHON-VIRUSTokyo Marathon limited to elite runners because of virusTOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has organizers of the Tokyo Marathon barring the general public from taking part in the March 1 event. Organizers say it will now be limited to a few hundred elite participants. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visitDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is scheduled to begin 4 p.m. Eastern Time today after being postponed by rain Sunday. Organizers issued a statement saying, “We cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated and we regret to inform you the following: The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held only for the marathon elites and the wheelchair elites.”The Tokyo Marathon is the city’s annual race and not to be confused with the Olympic marathon that will take place during the 2020 Tokyo Games. Those races are to be held in the northern city of Sapporo.Almost all sports events in China over the next few months have been called off, including next month’s world indoor track and field championships and a Formula One race in April.
There is action at Clonmel this evening where former Irish Grand National-winning trainer Dot Love will be hoping that “Lucky Pat” can follow up his recent Kilbeggan victory in the Nire Valley Handicap Hurdle at 7.25.Former champion jockey Davy Russell is back on board “Lucky Pat” who must give weight away to everything, including the Henry De Bromhead-trained “Beckwith Star”.