IAPH Encourages More Ports’ Involvement to Help Shape Best Industry Practices and Regulations
With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels, members of the International Association of Ports and Harbors are laying the groundwork for how ports worldwide can accommodate this emerging trend.
LNG will be the focus of technical committee and panel discussions at IAPH’s 28th World Ports Conference May 6-10 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.
It is generally expected that by 2015 a number of progressive shipping lines will have LNG-powered vessels in their fleet, presenting a challenge for ports and shipping lines worldwide.
Some vessels today are already LNG-powered and more are on order. According to a recent study from the Danish Maritime Authority the current use of natural gas within the SECA-zone is expected to increase by 140% by 2020, due to the use of LNG as a shipping fuel and usage on land by trucks and busses. Using LNG instead of conventional fuels offers substantial environmental benefits in comparison to conventional fuels. Sulfur and particle emissions would be reduced to almost zero, nitrogen oxide emissions by 85-90 per cent and net greenhouse gases by 15-20%.
Overall, LNG is a cleaner, more cost-competitive fuel, and it meets the upcoming 2015 IMO regulations. Recognizing it as the ship’s fuel of the future, ports are preparing to offer safe storage and bunkering of LNG for shipping lines in or near their port areas.
Focusing on the use of LNG as a marine fuel, an “LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group” has been established under the auspices of IAPH’s World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI). The Working Group is tasked for one to develop guidelines on safe procedures for LNG bunkering operations providing ports around the world with an implementation guideline, if they wish to pursue this technology.
The Port of Antwerp is leading this initiative and representatives from the ports of Amsterdam, Bremerhaven, Brunsbüttel, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Le Havre, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Zeebruges are also active participants in the Working Group. The Working Group maintains close contacts with industry stakeholders currently using and/or handling LNG, as well as government agencies.
The Working Group consists of three sub-Working Groups:
• LNG Bunkering Checklist
• LNG Bunkering Risk Perimeters
• LNG Public Awareness