Japanese port gets behind LNG coalition

Yokohama port YKIP, which represents the Japanese ports of Yokohama (pictured) and Kawasaki, will help advocate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel

The SEA\LNG coalition has been joined by Japan’s Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) which wants to share knowledge in order to accelerate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.

Representing the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP is expected to bring key knowledge from a port’s perspective to multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG, which is working with organisations across the LNG value chain to build the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global marine LNG value chain by 2020.

SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president of TOTE, Peter Keller, said: “YKIP is well placed to share its learnings in relation to infrastructure development, effective port operations, and customer needs, and we know that the coalition will benefit from its perspective on unlocking the potential for LNG as a marine fuel.”

Masamichi Morooka, president and CEO of YKIP, added: “From a geographical perspective, the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki are perfectly placed to serve as the first or last bunkering points on the Asian side of the Trans-Pacific route. Since August 2015, the port of Yokohama has accommodated an LNG-fuelled tugboat, NYK-owned Sakigake, which has provided us with LNG bunkering experience and enabled YKIP to develop its understanding of technical improvements and safety management.”

YKIP is the second Japanese organisation to join the SEA\LNG coalition in a matter of weeks and takes SEA\LNG’s membership to 26, bolstering its ability to advocate for the need to collaborate, demonstrate, and communicate on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and economics.

Japan is the world’s biggest importer of LNG, with 35 regasification terminals. In 2016, it accounted for about 34% of global imports, representing some 86m tonnes of LNG. The As such, the country is now regarded as having the infrastructure and supply to become a major LNG bunkering ‘hub’.