The shipping industry is showing increased interest in the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for vessels. Focusing on the use of LNG as a marine fuel, an “LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group”, has been established under the auspices of The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)’s World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI). The Working Group is tasked for one to develop guidelines on safe procedures for LNG bunkering operations providing ports around the world with an implementation guideline, if they wish to pursue this technology.
It is generally expected that by 2015 a number of progressive shipping lines will lead the way and will have LNG-powered vessels in their fleet, presenting a challenge for Ports around the world and shipping lines. Some vessels today are already LNG-powered and more are on order. According to a recent study from the Danish Maritime Authority the current use of natural gas within the SOx Emission Control Areas (SECA)-zone is expected to increase by 140% by 2020, due to the use of LNG as a shipping fuel and usage on land by trucks and buses.
LNG offers substantial environmental benefits in comparison to conventional fuels. Sulphur and particle emissions would be reduced to almost zero, nitrogen oxide emissions by 85-90 per cent and net greenhouse gases by 15-20 per cent. It is a clean and cost competitive fuel meeting the upcoming 2015 IMO regulations.
LNG is described as the ship’s fuel of the future and ports are preparing to offer safe storage and bunkering of LNG for shipping lines in or near their port areas.
Who is involved
The Port of Antwerp is chairing this initiative and representatives from the ports of Amsterdam, Bremerhaven, Brunsbüttel, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Le Havre, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Zeebrugge are also active participants in the Working Group. The Working Group maintains close contacts with industry stakeholders currently using and/or handling LNG, as well as government agencies.
The Working Group consists of three sub-Working Groups:
- LNG Bunkering Checklist
- LNG Bunkering Risk Perimeters
- LNG Public Awareness
Industry and port partners are welcome.
Participation in the Working Group is open to all ports, whether as active participant or as member of the reference group. To obtain immediate feedback and to validate the outcomes, industry partners are invited to be part of the reference group. Industry experts are also invited to be active contributors and share their expertise in the sub-Working Group “LNG-bunkering checklist”.
Ports and industry stakeholders interested in participating in the Working Group should contact Ms. Tessa Major, Chair of the WPCI LNG Working Group. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Source: Port of Antwerp)