International Ports Network Grows to Develop First Harmonised LNG Bunkering Standards

| Singapore
Singapore MoU re LNG bunkering harmonisation

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future

An MOU signed 2013 by representatives of the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge delivered an impetus to facilitate the supply of LNG as a marine fuel to the shipping trade. Jacksonville and Norway subsequently enlisted to create a foundation network. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has this week driven the expansion of representation in the network to include Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Ulsan Port Authority. Read more »

U.S. Introduces Phase 2 Standards for MDVs and HDVs; Phase 1 Retained for Natural Gas

| USA, Washington DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have this week jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, add to energy security and stimulate manufacturing innovation. NGVAmerica, the U.S. trade association for natural gas vehicles (NGV), sees positive outcomes for the natural gas for transportation sector. Read more »

SAE J1616 Standard for CNG Vehicle Fuel Updated

| USA, Warrendale PA

In May this year, SAE International’s Fuels And Lubricants Tc 7 Fuels Committee released an updated version of SAE J1616: Standard for Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel (SAE J 1616_201605). The revision reflects the growing maturity of the natural gas fuel for transportation market, particularly in North America but also globally, and pays greater attention to supply chain influences upon fuel quality. Read more »

U.S. Adopts DGE Standard for Natural Gas Motor Fuel Sales

| USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica
Clean Energy Dispenser LNG-fueling

LNG refueling at Clean Energy Fuels station

The U.S. National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) at its recent annual meeting voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as motor fuel. The DGE standard, already adopted as standard practice by twenty eight States for taxing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), allows for the ready comparison of natural gas with diesel fuel, the dominant fuel used in truck applications. Read more »

Parker FM80 Fuel Regulation Module First to Offer CSA Certification

| USA, Richmond CA
Parker FM80

Parker FM80 – front (L), back (R)

Parker Hannifin Corporation (Parker), a global motion and control technologies provider had achieved CSA certification to ANSI NGV 3.1-2014/CSA 12.3-2014 – Fuel system components for compressed natural gas powered vehicles for its FM80 Fuel Regulation Module. Parker’s press release states this makes the FM80 the only fuel regulation module to adhere to the certification’s concepts of safety, performance and durability. Read more »

CNG and LNG Approved as Fuel for Transporting Dangerous Goods (ADR)

 | Source: NGV Global

ADR PictogramsThe last hurdle towards legalizing Natural Gas as a fuel for trucks transporting dangerous goods was lifted last week in Geneva. NGV Global’s Executive Director, Diego Goldin, says: “This sends a positive signal that using natural gas as a transport fuel is rightly considered safe, even for transporting dangerous products.”  Read more »

UNECE WP.15 Approves Gaseous Fuels on ADR-Certified Trucks

| Switzerland, Geneva

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 »

CSA Standard Helps Make Owning-Operating NGVs Closer to Reality for Consumers

| Canada, Toronto ON
BRC Fuelmaker domestic CNG refuelling unit

(Image: BRC Fuelmaker)

CSA Group, provider of  testing and certification, product evaluation, energy efficiency verification and standards development services for the global market, recently published a new standard for residential fueling appliances that addresses one of the key barriers to growth of the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market – limited infrastructure. The document covers indoor and outdoor fueling appliances connected to residential utility gas piping systems. This development creates the opportunity for owners of natural gas vehicles to fuel their vehicle at home. Read more »

US EPA, DOT Cleaner Heavy-Duty Trucks Proposal Commended by NGVAmerica

| USA, Washington DC

USA_EPA_imageThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The proposal “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2 has received commendation from NGVAmerica, the national association for the promotion of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Read more »

IMO Adopts Regulations for Ships Using LNG as Fuel

| United Kingdom, London
DSME-designed LNG-powered LNG Carrier

DSME-designed LNG-powered LNG Carrier

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 »