Friday, July 11, 2014

LNG Bunkering Website Launched

By Mark Edward Nero

The International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) has launched a new website -- – that’s focused on liquefied natural gas as a maritime industry fuel.

The new LNG Bunkering website provides a detailed overview of the use of LNG as ship fuel and lays out the technical requirements for ships, bunkering infrastructure and vessels under development, as well as the business case for using LNG in the maritime environment.

“Representatives from some of the world’s largest and most progressive ports developed this site for the benefit of all interested industry parties, including port authorities, fuel suppliers and shipping companies,” IAPH President Grant Gilfillan, who’s the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Port Authority of New South Wales, Australia, said.

“The site is intended to be a resource and a conversation-starter among ports and stakeholders because we believe that LNG is the ship’s fuel of the future and ports must prepare to offer safe storage and bunkering of LNG for shipping lines,” Gilfillan said.

The site is an initiative of WPCI’s LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group which, while focusing on the use of LNG as a marine fuel, has developed guidelines for safe LNG bunkering operations providing ports around the world with information to pursue the technology.