SEA\LNG, the multi-sector coalition aiming to accelerate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, has launched a free online tool to improve understanding of bunkering infrastructure.
The map-based resource offers an overview of key developments in LNG bunkering and how expanding infrastructure relates to global ports and shipping routes.
As the 2020 global sulphur cap approaches, ship owners must choose between using LNG, scrubbers, or low sulphur fuels to ensure they are compliant. Through its new Bunker Navigator Tool, SEA\LNG hopes to demonstrate that LNG infrastructure is globally available and continually evolving.
“A collaborative approach to understanding the opportunities – and then tackling the associated commercial barriers – to LNG is crucial to fulfil its potential as an alternative to traditional bunker fuels,” says Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, TOTE Inc.
“The reality is that LNG bunkering infrastructure is expanding at pace, and with the launch of the Bunker Navigator Tool, SEA\LNG hopes to raise awareness of, and build industry confidence in, the rapidly growing global availability of LNG bunkering.”
LNG is currently available in bulk at around 150 locations around the world. In addition, nine of the global top ten oil-bunkering ports offer LNG bunkering, or will do so by 2020.
However, it is the movement of LNG from bulk facilities to the ships, more commonly known as the ‘last mile’, where efforts are being concentrated to enable easy access to LNG as a marine fuel.
As well as an overview of key LNG bunkering developments, the tool enables access to case studies which describe the bunkering projects being developed by SEA\LNG members at specific locations, with more added as they become available.