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LNG bunkering Recommended Practice

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DNV GL has announced that it is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG bunkering in the Middle East and South Asia. 

The RP launch is in conjunction with an announcement that Qatar will establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel both domestically and in other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

M. Shahrin Osman, DNV GL Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory, Middle East & India, said: “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally. Concurrently launching the RP will ensure bunkering operations are predictable, safe and compatible in Qatar, across the Middle East and the rest of the world.”

DNV GL reports a significant change in the shipping industry’s opinion on the use of LNG as a marine fuel over the last two to three years. In a statement released on its website, DNV GL claims that “there is no longer any doubt that LNG will become one of the major shipping fuels”. Recently, the industry passed the milestone of 100 LNG-fuelled ships either already operating or as confirmed newbuilds.

Meanwhile, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind. The first step in addressing that gap was the publication of the ISO Committee’s draft guideline on LNG Bunkering in June 2013. As a further development and on the basis of the ISO principles, DNV GL has now prepared a RP for LNG bunkering, the overall objective of which is to establish the guidelines and recommendations required to  protect people and the environment during the development and operation of LNG bunker facilities.

The LNG bunkering RP provides an internationally accepted starting point for any development and safe operation of LNG bunkering facilities.

DNV GL expects the market to develop and that the ship types using LNG will increase from short-sea to long-haul trade. There will also be a greater need for harmonisation to ensure safety and efficiency in the bunkering process worldwide, primarily to safeguard those who are involved and uphold the LNG industry’s excellent safety track record.

Mr Osman continued: “Another important reason for launching the RP is to minimise the barriers to entry in this market by establishing common equipment and procedural requirements worldwide. This will allow more players to enter the market so that individual ships are not limited to bunkering in just a few locations.”

Abdul Aziz Al Muftah, Director of Industrial Cities, Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Chairman of the Steering Committee on LNG as Fuel, added: “The forthcoming international environmental regulations  will create a demand for more LNG-fuelled ships. Concrete initiatives will be taken by Qatar Petroleum to build the first LNG-fuelled harbour tug for the Ras Laffan port and the first two LNG-fuelled offshore service vessels (OSVs) for QP offshore fields.”

The DNV GL LNG bunkering RP will be a useful tool for building the necessary regulatory framework to ensure safe and reliable bunkering operations for the above future LNG-fuelled vessels.

Over the past 14 years, DNV GL has collaborated extensively through Joint Industry Projects (JIP) and direct engagements in both the maritime and gas industries and across the entire LNG value chain to discover the feasibility of LNG bunkering in all the key shipping locations worldwide. The list of engagements covers North America, Norway, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Sweden, Australia, Korea, Singapore and Qatar, all of which have resulted in positive outcomes as to the feasibility and viability of having LNG supplied and bunkered as marine fuel.

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