The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel has now been officially established as a new non-governmental organization. SGMF is formally based in Bermuda with business offices in London – and is actively seeking members. SGMF has named Mark Bell has general manager. He’ll take the helm at mid-month, replacing interim chief Andrew Clifton, the GM of SIGTTO, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators. SGMF was established by SIGTTO in mid-2013.
The first listed of SGMF’s objectives is to proactively promote safe and responsible operations for both LNG-fuelled vessels and LNG bunker supply logistics. Full membership is open to all stakeholders involved in the LNG bunkering supply chain, including the following:
- Shipowners – using or intending to use LNG as a ship’s fuel;
- LNG fuel suppliers;
- Bunker suppliers – LNG bunker barge operator and/or small-scale LNG carrier operator;
- Port authorities – where LNG is bunkered or intended to be bunkered within their port