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MARAD funds LNG conversion project

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The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that it will provide over US$1 million to fund two new emission-reducing solutions for the maritime industry. The first of these solutions is an LNG conversion demonstration project. The second is an on-board air pollution control mechanism. Combined, these two solutions will help solve the US maritime industry’s efforts towards decreasing its emissions.

Anthony Foxx, the US Transportation Secretary, said: “The Department continues to fund innovative projects that support a steady shift towards cleaner and sustainable transportation options […] This public-private venture will produce the data required to further develop even cleaner and more sustainable maritime transportation options.”

Specifically, MARAD has given Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) US$730 000 to convert a towboat engine from diesel to LNG. MARAD hopes that the outcome of this demonstration will encourage further development and implementation of LNG conversion technology for small scale tug boats, towboats and other harbour vessels.

Additionally, MARAD will give US$500 000 to Interlake Steamship Co. of Ohio in order for it retrofit the Lee Tregurtha with exhaust gas-scrubber technology. This will decrease sulfur emissions and meet the North American Emissions Control Area requirements. In return, Interlake will give MARAD air emissions data both before and after the installation.

Paul Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator, said: “These investments accelerate the growth of alternative fuel and environmental technologies throughout the US maritime industry. These projects will yield data that will support future commercial investment decisions and will provide lasting benefits for our nation while helping us reduce the industry’s environmental footprint […] This is how [the] government can work to encourage technology advancement and environmental stewardship.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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