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LNG

SEA-LNG fights its corner

The pro-LNG lobby group has issued a report asserting that LNG provides the only clear pathway for the shipping industry’s decarbonisation

SEA-LNG has published a report which claims LNG as a marine fuel is the only viable option for shipping to both improve air quality and GHG performance. It argues that LNG-fuelled vessels are “zero-emissions on the water today as they offer a clear route to IMO 2050 thanks to carbon-free liquefied bio-methane which can be easily adopted by LNG-fuelled vessels and LNG infrastructure”.

The report comes as environmental groups make clear their opposition to the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure. At the same time, other ways forward, from carbon capture to the rapid development of ammonia or hydrogen as fuel, are being promoted by various organisations.

 

SEA-LNG chairman Peter Keller comments that “waiting for a utopian solution risks locking the maritime industry into the highly polluting conventional oil-based marine fuels for years, if not decades, to come”.



The report offers an insight into the state of play regarding LNG as a marine fuel. It also highlights the “promising role” modern dual-fuel engines could play to accelerate decarbonisation while countering points made by critics concerning methane slip. SGMF’s docking guidelines. The Society for Marine Gas as a Fuel (SGMF) has published new guidance on work practices for maintenance, repair and dry-dock operations for ships that use gas as fuel to help ensure the safe maintenance of gas-fuelled ships.

 

SGMF says that shipping companies that use gas as a marine fuel will need to be prepared for when their gas-fuelled ships undergo routine maintenance in dry dock. While cargo is normally removed from a vessel as part of the drydocking process, sometimes fuel is not.

For ships using gas fuel, such as LNG, a rigorous approach must be undertaken to maintain safety, SGMF cautions. Gas as a Marine Fuel: Work Practices for Maintenance, Repair and Dry-Dock Operations details techniques and precautions that can be applied to minimise the hazards of LNG/gaseous fuels – in many cases, allowing the use of traditional maintenance techniques. Where this is not possible, the guidance discusses alternative methods.



The guidance also offers a risk assessment approach and covers all aspects of LNG fuel management while preparing for the docking and during the docking process. It provides the required details and direction for ship owners to select pre-qualified shipyards. SMGF adds that local, national and international regulatory authorities can also all draw upon, or refer to, the philosophy, methodology and content of the publication when it comes to the maintenance of gas fuelled ships. Shipyards can also use the guidance to prepare and be LNG ready. Although this guidance will give the majority of detail required, SGMF advises that ship owners, operators and managers fully understand the implications of having LNG onboard and appoint an LNG specialist within the fleet and the yard.



Mark Bell, General Manager, SGMF says: “I am really proud to see that yet another unique and much needed publication has been compiled by SGMF, drawn together by our expert members under the guidance of David Haynes, Principal Safety Advisor to SGMF. As more and more ships start to use gas fuels, the industry is now equipped with the reference document to ensure the safe maintenance and drydocking of gas-fuelled ships. My thanks to David and all of the individuals and member organisations who have contributed to this milestone publication.”

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