Harmonising LNG bunkering

22 May 2014
DNV GL said that although the LNG market is growing, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind Photo: DNV/GL

DNV GL said that although the LNG market is growing, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind Photo: DNV/GL

DNV GL is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia.

The launch follows Qatar’s announcement that it intends to establish a national supply strategy for LNG as a marine fuel along with the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Shahrin Osman, DNV GL regional manager, Middle East & India, said: “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally. Concurrently launching the RP will ensure bunkering operations are predictable, safe and compatible in Qatar, across the Middle East and the rest of the world.”

In the last two to three years, DNV GL said it has witnessed a significant change in the shipping industry’s opinion of the use of LNG as a marine fuel. A few weeks ago, the milestone of 100 LNG-fuelled ships in operation or as confirmed newbuilds was also reached.

But DNV GL said that whilst these developments are impressive, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind. The classification society’s RP for LNG Bunkering intends to solve this issue.

The RP has also been developed because the organisation said that as the market for LNG increases, there will be a greater need for harmonisation to ensure safety and efficiency in the bunkering process worldwide, primarily to safeguard those who are involved and uphold the LNG industry’s excellent safety track record.

But it's also needed to help minimise the barriers to entry into the market by establishing common equipment and procedural requirements to allow more players to enter the market so that individual ships are not limited to bunkering in just a few locations.

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