SEA\LNG Appoints Board, Communicates Position as Marine LNG Advocate

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SEA/LNG logoFollowing its formation in July this year, the cross-industry coalition SEA\LNG has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry and appointed its inaugural Board. Its position statement, released mid-October, outlines the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel and offers its support for the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI for the prevention of air pollution by ships.

Peter Keller, Executive Vice President of Tote Inc. and newly appointed Chair of SEA\LNG Chairman, says LNG already has much to offer as a clean, safe, practical and economically viable fuel for the shipping industry. He explains: “The industry is making big steps in creating the infrastructure to enable quick, safe and cost effective LNG bunkering in key global ports; diminishing the price premium for LNG-fuelled vessels; as well as working with regulators to establish consistent international and national regulations, which we believe will enhance investment in this sector.”

Position Statement

SEA\LNG is a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The coalition supports the implementation of the MARPOL Annex VI for the prevention of air pollution by ships. SEA\LNG believes the implementation date decision for the marine fuel sulphur cap needs to rest with the Member States comprising the MEPC.

LNG is an economic, clean and safe marine fuel with increasing global availability. It can also offer compliance with existing and scheduled MARPOL Annex VI emission requirements, and can significantly reduce particulate matter and GHG emissions. LNG emits zero sulphur oxides (SOx) and virtually zero particulate matter. Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG can, depending on the technology used, emit 90% less nitrous oxides (NOx) and 20-25% less carbon dioxide (CO2). SEA\LNG believes that LNG will be the fuel of choice for vessels operating in global trade lanes, as well as in ECA zones, where LNG is already gaining a foothold.

SEA\LNG members are positioned to help facilitate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. SEA\LNG members come from across the LNG marine value chain, including LNG suppliers, shipping lines, classification societies, OEMs and Port Authorities.

SEA\LNG is a multi-sector industry coalition, created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Members include Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, Eagle LNG Partners, ENGIE, GE, GTT, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc., and Wärtsilä.

LNG as a Marine Fuel

LNG as a marine fuel is a proven and available solution with exiting technologies to meet the project needs. There are already 86 LNG-fueled ships in operation worldwide (excluding LNG carriers) and a further 95 on order.

The LNG transportation industry has an excellent safety record where LNG is commonly used as fuel. Over the past 50 years, global LNG shipments have covered more than 100 million miles – about 4,000 times around the earth – without any major safety incidents in port or at sea.

Board of Directors

The board of directors is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of SEA\LNG’s vision, mission, objectives and activities, directed towards the accelerated use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. It will play a critical role in representing the membership in key decision making, as well as promoting SEA\LNG initiatives.

The SEA/LNG board of directors is:

Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG and Executive Vice President, TOTE Inc.
Michael Chia, Managing Director (Technology), Keppel Offshore & Marine
Tjerk Johan de Vries, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, DNV GL
Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow and Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä
Tetsuya Mizuno, Deputy General Manager, Energy Business Division, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc
Svein Steimler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NYK Group Europe
Tom Strang, Sr. Vice President, Carnival Corporation, plc
Yvonne van der Laan, Director of Process Industry and Bulk Goods, Port of Rotterdam
Lauran Wetemans, General Manager, Downstream LNG, Shell

Encouraging a coordinated value chain approach, Keller said: “To fully realise the potential of LNG as a marine fuel, it is vital that we work together, across the LNG value chain. No one organisation can advance this agenda alone. Our newly constituted board of directors reflects the diversity of our membership and the scale of the opportunity that lies ahead of us.”

About SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG brings together key players from across the supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to address market barriers and transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel.

(Source: SEA\LNG)

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