LNG coalition urges shippers to speed up emissions compliance

03 Aug 2017
Peter Keller: “All parties, especially the Port State Authorities must play their part

Peter Keller: “All parties, especially the Port State Authorities must play their part"

A 28-strong LNG coalition is urging shippers to speed up air quality improvements to ready itself for the 2020 Sulphur Cap.

SEA\LNG wants the industry as a whole to redouble its commitment to compliance with, and enforcement of, IMO Marpol VI Regulations.

“All parties, especially the Port State Authorities must play their part,” said Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman.

"Effective and consistent enforcement, across all jurisdictions of the IMO emissions regulations, will be essential to ensure more environmentally friendly shipping and a level playing field for all shipping companies.”

The coalition acknowledged that today’s shipowners are operating in a challenging economic environment amid stringent and increasing environmental regulations.

In working out how to comply with the global sulphur cap of 0.5% from 2020, shipowners must make decisions that remain viable into the future and make choices between a limited number of options; LNG, scrubbers, or low sulphur fuels.

It advocates LNG above all else though as the marine fuel which it says provides a means of negating current and potential future local emissions challenges. Also that supply is growing in response to increased demand.

The coalition said that the vast majority of the world’s top ten bunkering ports offer LNG bunkering or have firm plans to do so by 2020.

By the end of 2017, six LNG bunker vessels will be in operation, expanded from one at the start of the year. Added to which, new bunkering hubs are developing which will leverage existing bulk LNG infrastructure.

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