Ports work on LNG bunkering standards

The ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge have developed the first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards.

They will aim to ensure that key areas of the LNG bunkering process are symmetric across all ports carrying out bunkering operations and hope to become a guide for ports seeking to be LNG bunker-ready.

The standards include reference to documentation produced by the International Association of Ports and Harbours, the International Organisation for Standardisation and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel. 

Eddy Bruynickx, chief executive of Antwerp Port Authority, said: “The Port of Antwerp has always endeavoured to play a pioneering role in the LNG story by developing standards and creating infrastructure.”

"We are now in the process of creating an LNG bunker facility in order to have LNG available at anytime. Together we can do it quicker and better.”

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the expansion of representation in the network. It will now include the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan and the Ulsan Port Authority. 

This MoU hopes to further deepen cooperation and information sharing in relation to LNG bunkering with the intention of developing a network of LNG bunker-ready ports across the East and West and Trans-pacific trade. 

“Japan is importing one-third of the world’s LNG and pushing LNG bunkering forward under the strong leadership of the government,” said Michio Kikuchi, director-general of the Port and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.

He continued: “In particular, the Japanese government is taking necessary steps to strengthen the functional capability of the Port of Yokohama as a base for LNG Bunkering, where LNG bunkering first started last year.”

“Through the operation of the world’s largest fleet of LNG Carriers, the introduction of the world first dedicated LNG bunkering vessel, and everyday operation of the LNG Fuelled Vessels, the technical capabilities and knowledge of Japanese maritime cluster has been growing, giving Japan enough potential to be able to lead the formulation of the international standards for LNG Bunkering.”

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