The European Parliament at the 18-21 January plenary session in Strasbourg, paved the way for the introduction of a Real Driving Emissions (RDE) procedure in order to bring down NOx emissions from cars, effectively approving a transitional relaxation of emissions limits. “We have avoided uncertainties, because industry now has strict but sustainable deadlines to meet. In Europe, we will have better air quality for our citizens without losing jobs”, said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT). Read more »
Another step in the direction of ‘equalizing’ opportunities for gaseous fuels with petroleum liquids was made at the United Nations in Geneva on 11-12 November 2015 when UNECE Working Party 15 on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) passed an amendment allowing the use of gaseous fuels on ADR-certified (dangerous goods) trucks. NGV Global, working collaboratively with the AEGPL (European LPG Association), successfully advocated adding CNG and LPG to the list of approved fuels for ADR trucks. This follows a successful effort by NGV Global in 2014 to include LNG as a fuel for ADR-certified trucks. Read more »
International classification society DNV GL has developed a new class notation for gas bunker vessels that ensures safe fuel transfer operations from one ship to another and will address concerns held by many port authorities. This notation addresses safety concerns in this field and covers gas bunker vessels design and additional requirements to support the development of gas fuelled shipping and bunker operations in ports. The rules are flexible and include a variety of gas fuels as well as the configuration of bunker transfer systems. Read more »
United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) last week formally adopted globally binding regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, as part of proceedings at the 95th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95). The MSC adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), along with amendments to make the Code mandatory under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The changes become effective 1 January 2017. Read more »
NGV Global conducted a Technical Forum for NGV Global members and invited guests at ACT Expo 2015. Once again the event was standing room only, a clear indication of the willingness of the North American marketplace to embrace natural gas as a cleaner, increasingly available and economic fuel for transportation. Main “hot buttons” were temperature compensation for filling CNG, heavy hydrocarbons/compressor oil in CNG stream and Carbon Intensity of NGVs. Read more »
CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and standards development organization, has opened a new laboratory for the testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used on board low and zero emission vehicles. The new lab addresses a growing market for environmentally friendly vehicles and the resulting infrastructure that will accompany the shift to alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG). Read more »
The 2015 edition of NGV Global’s Technical Forum will take place in Dallas, on Monday May 4th. Just as in 2014, the Forum will be organized in coordination with ACT Expo and will be available for NGV Global members and specially invited guests. NGV Global’s Technical Forum provides the opportunity to discuss specific issues of interest to our Industry and generates action items for NGV Global’s Technical Committee. Read more »
The US Coast Guard (USCG) recently published two new Policy Letters on LNG Bunkering, Personnel Training and Waterfront Facilities. With regard to simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) USCG points to DNV GL’s Recommended Practice for “Development and Operation of LNG Bunkering Facilities” for guidance.
International classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a unique LNG-fuelled high speed and high capacity passenger ferry which has been ordered by AS Tallink Grupp for the Helsinki-Tallinn route. The 2,850-passenger vessel will have a service speed of 27 knots and will be built by Meyer Turku for delivery in 2017. Read more »
Notation reflects increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel.
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine industry, has published the ABS Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuildings for future conversion to gas propulsion. Read more »