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Workshop held for Poseidon Med II project

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At a recent workshop held at the Revithoussa LNG terminal in Greece, Poseidon Med II partners exchanged views with representatives from the Secretariat General of Ports, Port Policy & Maritime Investments of the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, on the development of the national regulatory framework for the use of LNG as an alternative fuel for vessels.

At the beginning of the workshop, public officials and project partners were guided around the Revithoussa LNG terminal.

The event brought together representatives from key project partners (DEPA, DESFA, Lloyd’s Register and Rogan Associates) and public officials. It offered the chance to present to public authorities the scope and objectives of the Poseidon Med II project as well as the progress already achieved. Specific emphasis was given to the work on regulatory issues, as well as on the issuance of necessary permits and licences for the construction of the relevant port infrastructures.

The Poseidon Med II project is a practical roadmap that aims to bring about the wide adoption of LNG as a safe, environmentally efficient and viable alternative fuel for shipping and help the East Mediterranean marine transportation propel towards a low-carbon future. The project, which is co-funded by the European Union (EU), involves Greece, Italy and Cyprus, as well as six European ports (Piraeus, Patras, Limassol, Venice, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa) and the Revithoussa LNG terminal.

During the workshop, the participants discussed the international environmental and safety standards and provisions that should be incorporated into the national strategic policy framework for alternative fuels, so that LNG will be a feasible and available option for the shipping society in the Eastern Mediterranean, meeting the marine fuel sulfur limits by 2020.

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