Asia trade boost from LNG bunkering group

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan (pictured) is the first Chinese port to join the group

Three ports have joined an international LNG bunkering port focus group set up to boost the uptake of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as marine fuel and expected to increase Intra-Asia trade routes in Asia.

The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, Port of Marseille Fos and Port of Vancouver have joined the Port Authorities’ Roundtable (PAR) to strengthen its network of LNG bunker-ready ports across the East and West and Trans-Pacific trade, work together to discuss key issues of mutual interests, exchange best practices and promote closer collaboration.

The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is the first Chinese port to join the group and Andrew Tan, chief executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), one of the founding organisations of the group, said: “We are confident that the inclusion of Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan will add further impetus to enable the uptake of LNG bunkering for the Far East-Europe and Intra-Asia trade routes for the future.”

PAR’s recent meeting was attended by 14 organisations and included discussion on cooperation among ports to enhance cyber security responses, building sustainable ports for the future as well as integration of port resources to improve efficiency.

MPA proposed the formation of a “Port Authorities Focal Point Correspondence Network” comprising of PAR members to facilitate early reporting of maritime cyber security incidents to allow members to prepare and respond to imminent cyber attacks.

First formed in 2014 by MPA, Antwerp Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Zeebrugge, PAR’s first meeting was held in April 2017.

In 2016, Asian representation in the LNG bunkering focus group increased with the joining of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan and Ulsan Port Authority, Republic of Korea.