Growing momentum towards LNG

20 Jan 2014
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard - a popular choice for newbuild US LNG vessels

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard - a popular choice for newbuild US LNG vessels

DNV GL says that momentum is building in the US around the use of LNG as a ship fuel as owners, ports and regulators further embrace its benefits.

The classification society said that a combination of rising bunker prices, environmental awareness and regulations, growth in production and developing infrastructure have served as the tipping point for LNG establishing itself as a viable fuel for commercial ships in the US.

“As we see this trend grow, DNV GL is working to ensure that owners can be confident that not only the technology their vessels need has been vetted, but that the supporting infrastructure and operational practices are well established,” said Paal Johansen, leader of DNV GL’s maritime business in the Americas.

Two new American owners have recently decided on DNV GL as their partner for classification as they make their first forays into this new chapter of shipping.

US ship operator Crowley Maritime Corporation has placed an order with VT Halter Marine for two LNG-powered con-ro ships.

Shipowner, Matson, has also decided to move forward with the construction of two new Aloha class 3600TEU containerships at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

Mr Johansen added: “Their vision in taking this step forward will not only enhance their own competitivity, but will prove valuable for the US shipping industry as a whole."

He pointed out that it will also give the yards the opportunity to develop and showcase new competences, while spurring infrastructure development around the country.

On top of which their customers should benefit from access to the latest generation of highly efficient ship designs.

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