Flemish LNG bunkering study published

30 Oct 2012
DNV is working hard to make LNG more feasible

DNV is working hard to make LNG more feasible

The Flemish Government and the port authorities of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Fluxys have published their feasibility study on LNG bunkering – with the support of Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

DNV provided a market forecasting study, a regulatory analysis and modelled the LNG supply logistics.

The combined results of the study serve as strategic and tactical decision support tool for the ports in developing their LNG bunkering infrastructure.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, said: “Through the realisation of this study on the different aspects for the bunkering of LNG in the Flemish ports, the stricter standards of the IMO for marine fuel sulphur emissions are anticipated, and an important step has been taken towards providing LNG as shipping fuel in the Flemish seaports.”

Recommendations from the study include the need to develop operational bunkering procedures, and procedures for metering, measurement, fuel sampling and quality control. Additionally, there is a need to initiate the process for accreditation of LNG bunkering companies and a need to perform a training needs analysis for people who board LNG fuelled vessels in their line of duty.

DNV are definitely ramping up the study around LNG. It is also working with nine key members of the Australian maritime, port and energy sectors in a four month study into LNG Bunkering organised as a Joint Industry Project (JIP).

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