Wärtsilä, Carnival Corporation, DNV-GL, ENGIE, ENN Group, GE Marine, GTT, Lloyds Register, Mitsubishi, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell Downstream and Tote have formed SEA/LNG, which is a project coalition to promote and facilitate the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.
The environmental benefits of using LNG are said to include minimal sulphur oxide emissions, and nitrogen dioxide emissions cut by 85%.
Timo Koponen, Vice President of Flow & Gas Solutions of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “This is a strong coalition, combining the expertise of major fleet owners, classification societies, port facilities, and energy experts.
“Wärtsilä contributes its vast experience and know-how in gas driven propulsion systems and the entire gas value chain. By working together, we plan to overcome the challenges and speed the general acceptance of LNG.
“Having been a pioneer in the use of LNG as a marine fuel, and a developer of major technologies facilitating the adoption of LNG fuel, it is natural that Wärtsilä supports wholeheartedly the aims of the SEA/LNG coalition.”
The coalition will concentrate on the promotion of the use of LNG fuels to stakeholders and companies, changing global legislation and attitudes on greener fuels for the Maritime Industries.
This announcement comes after one of the coalition partners, Carnival Corporation, opened the largest capacity Maritime training facility in Almere, The Netherlands.