SEA\LNG, the cross-industry coalition recently formed to address market barriers and accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, has issued a position statement ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
The position statement outlines the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel and offers SEA\LNG’s support for the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI for the prevention of air pollution by ships.
SEA\LNG Chairman, Peter Keller, said: “Independent of the timing of the IMO’s implementation of the 0.5% global sulfur cap, today LNG is already a clean, safe, practical and economically viable fuel for the shipping industry. The industry is making big steps in creating the infrastructure to enable quick, safe and cost-effective LNG bunkering in key global ports; diminishing the price premium for LNG-fuelled vessels; as well as working with regulators to establish consistent international and national regulations, which we believe will enhance investment in this sector.”
In addition to issuing its support for the implementation of the MARPOL Annex VI for the prevention of air pollution by ships, SEA\LNG states its belief that the implementation date decision for the marine fuel sulfur cap needs to rest with the Member States comprising the MEPC.
SEA\LNG believes that LNG will be the fuel of choice for vessels operating in global trade lanes, as well as in emission control area (ECA) zones, where LNG is already gaining a foothold.
SEA\LNG’s members come from across the LNG marine value chain, including LNG suppliers, shipping lines, classification societies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Port Authorities. Members include Carnival Corp. & plc, DNV GL, Eagle LNG Partners, Engie, GE, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), Keppel Offshore & Marine, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corp., NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, TOTE Inc., and Wärtsilä.
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