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SEA\LNG welcomes YKIP as its latest member

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SEA\LNG has released a statement announcing Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corp. (YKIP) as its latest member.

YKIP represents the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, which SEA\LNG claims will help to bring essential knowledge from a port’s perspective.

SEA\LNG is a multi-sector coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president of TOTE Inc., Peter Keller said: “Ports around the world are taking LNG seriously. As customers begin to adopt LNG as a viable, scalable solution, ports are recognising that it’s an essential part of a strong future fuel offering. Representing the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP is well placed to share its learnings in relation to infrastructure development, effective port operations, and customer needs, and we know that the coalition will benefit from its perspective on unlocking the potential for LNG as a marine fuel. We welcome YKIP under the leadership of Masamichi Morooka.”

YKIP is designated by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as the official operating company for the Keihin ports serving Yokohama and Kawasaki, and is responsible for the management of integrated operations at container terminals in the Yokohama and Kawasaki area. As a result, YKIP is committed to improving the international competitiveness of the Yokohama and Kawasaki ports, carrying out a crucial role in the effort to restore the prominence of Japan’s seaports.

The President and CEO of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corp., Masamichi Morooka, said: “From a geographical perspective, the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki are perfectly placed to serve as the first or last bunkering points on the Asian side of the Trans-Pacific route. Since August 2015, the port of Yokohama has accommodated an LNG-fuelled tugboat, NYK-owned Sakigake, which has provided us with LNG bunkering experience and enabled YKIP to develop its understanding of technical improvements and safety management. Working with the SEA\LNG coalition, we aim to play our part in encouraging adoption of LNG across the globe and increase awareness of the advantages for ports.”

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