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ABS updates North American LNG bunkering guidelines

LNG Industry,

ABS has updated its guidance on LNG bunkering in North America, to support the transport sector’s rapid transition to using cleaner fuels.

The second edition of ABS’ Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America offers new advice to shipowners and operators looking to develop bunkering infrastructure in response to new emissions regulations.

Increasing demand

Patrick Janssens, ABS VP, Global Gas Solutions, explained: “As the demand for LNG-fuelled vessels and the supporting infrastructure continues to grow, ABS continues to offer the industries we serve with up-to-date information derived from the latest projects and our intimate knowledge of the evolving regulatory landscape in North America.

“Both the marine and offshore industries are committed to using cleaner fuels, and we are committed to supporting our clients and members with that technical transition.”

‘Project roadmap’

The first edition of the report was published in March 2014. Updates in the second edition include lessons learned from first adopters of LNG-fuelled vessels and LNG bunkering projects, a ‘project roadmap’ guide of the associated regulatory, stakeholder and technical issues and a port directory highlighting ongoing projects and local development processes.

“This report captures our diverse practical knowledge in the gas sector and many of the lessons learned since our first edition a year ago. It is a valuable tool to those companies considering using or supplying LNG for fuel,” added Roy Bleiberg, Director of Global Gas Solutions.

LNG as a fuel

“While it may not be suitable for everyone, LNG should be considered as a fuel source by all industry. It’s not only suitable for companies interested in the potential economic benefits or those whose ships will be trading in emissions control areas; it is also for those companies who are keen to establish and promote their environmental stewardship.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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