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Switch to LNG-based bunker fuel gathers momentum

  • IAPH and major ports join forces to create LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group

Steps to switch from oil-based bunker fuel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) took giant strides this week with the formation of an LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group.

The group, endorsed by the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Climate Initiative and chaired by the Belgian Port of Antwerp, will provide a blueprint for ports worldwide including safe procedures for LNG bunkering operations and implementation guidelines for those looking to make the transition to the new technology.

Antwerp Port will be joined in the initiative by other North European ports, including Hamburg, Le Havre and Stockholm and the US Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

There are currently just 20 vessels operating on the world’s oceans using LNG as a marine fuel, which are nearly all located in Scandinavia. However, a number of major deep-sea shipping companies have LNG-powered engines on order, with many more expected to follow their lead as the cost benefits become more apparent and emission regulations tighten.
 



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