This Joint Industry Project’s (JIP) intention is to facilitate the adoption of LNG fuelled vessels in Australian waters. Using LNG as marine fuel eliminates SOx and particulate matter emissions, nets a 15% reduction in GHG emissions and diminishes that of NOx by 85 - 90%.
The study aims to cover the infrastructure and regulatory requirements as well as the potential benefits and risks faced by energy majors, ports and ship-owners considering LNG fuelled vessels. The study concentrates on LNG fuelled OSVs and tugs plying in Australian waters, but the key recommendations developed will be valid for most ship types. Geographically, focus will be on the ports of Dampier, Darwin and Melbourne as points of inclusion.
The JIP is managed by DNV and is co-sponsored by DNV along with nine industry Parties and Authorities, namely the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), BOC Limited (Linde Group), Farstad Shipping Pty. Ltd., Ports Australia, Rolls-Royce Marine AS, SVITZER Australia, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd., Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty. Ltd. and Woodside Energy Ltd.
Key obstacles in promoting LNG fuelled ships will be identified, with an initial consideration of adequate infrastructure and existing regulations; which in Australia is complicated by the diverse state based legislative schemes. Safety is of utmost importance for such a development and ports will face the challenge of offering safe storage and ship-specific bunkering of LNG.
In environmental terms, the benefits of fuelling ships with LNG may include giving such vessels a future competitive advantage due to lower emissions as previously mentioned, without additional exhaust gas abatement technologies or expensive low-sulphur distillates.
LNG fuelled propulsion has been shown to meet the strictest emissions control in addition to being technically feasible.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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