Ports partner up to provide LNG

The Working Group aims to provide ports with safety guidelines for LNG bunkering operations The Working Group aims to provide ports with safety guidelines for LNG bunkering operations

An ‘LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group’ has been set up under the auspices of the International Association of Ports and Harbour’s (IAPH) World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), in a bid to develop guidelines on safe procedures for LNG bunkering operations.

As more and more shipping lines are adding LNG powered vessels to their fleets, ports around the world have been developing their facilities in order to provide shipowners with the necessary LNG resources.

The aim of the working group, which is chaired by the Port of Antwerp, is to provide ports around the world with implementation guidelines for safe storage and LNG bunkering for shipping lines in or near port areas.

The ports of Amsterdam, Bremerhaven, Brunsbüttel, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Le Havre, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Zeebrugge, are all involved.

Maurits Prinssen, project manager of sustainable development, Port of Rotterdam, told Port Strategy: "While working together the making of harmonised guidance for port operators, ship operators and bunker suppliers will be beneficial for all."

He added: "Not only the will the air quality improve, ports will benefit from new business opportunities with new energy routes towards Europe."

Consisting of three sub working groups, LNG bunkering checklist, LNG bunkering risk perimeters and LNG public awareness, the working group will be in close contact with industry stakeholder and experts currently using and/or handling LNG, as well as government agencies.

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