Portsmouth LNG bunkering project begins


Lloyd’s Register (LR) has commenced a project to identify and develop specifications and operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering at Portsmouth International Port, UK.

The move will make Portsmouth the UK’s first LNG bunkering facility and hub.

Lloyd’s Register will provide detailed guidance to Portsmouth, including requirements for technical specifications of bunkering equipment; ensuring the right operational procedures are established; ensuring that port safety and emergency planning is provided for, and that personnel competence can be developed effectively and put in place.

Leonidas Karistios, global gas technology manager at Lloyd’s Register said: “Obviously with growing demand for LNG, ports are looking to understand how they can develop the capability to deliver LNG bunkering services safely.”

He added: “It has to be safety first, and Portsmouth is looking to ensure that they have the right, safe approach to support operational and commercial ambitions.”

Thanos Koliopulos, global special projects manager at Lloyd’s Register, said: “We can use experience gained in projects like Singapore Port and Viking Grace to apply real project experience to deliver advice for the planning and execution of LNG bunkering to both the port and its bunkering service providers.”

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