Developing world’s first harmonised LNG Bunkering Standards

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Developing world’s first harmonised LNG Bunkering Standards

October 24, 2016 - 10:41
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To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed.

Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the International Association of Ports and Harbours (“IAPH”), the International Organisation for Standardisation (“ISO”) and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (“SGMF”), this set of harmonised standards will ensure that key areas of the LNG bunkering process are aligned across ports carrying out LNG bunkering operations. The standards can also provide a guide to ports seeking to be LNG bunker-ready.

Moving ahead, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has driven the expansion of the representation in the network to include the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan and the Ulsan Port Authority. The expansion of the network was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the opening ceremony of the 19th Singapore’s International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition which took place recently. This MoU will further deepen cooperation and information sharing in relation to LNG bunkering with the intention of developing a network of LNG bunker-ready ports across the East and West and Trans-pacific trade.