Bureau Veritas, Clean Marine Energy, and Gas Natural Fenosa have joined the coalition which is seeking to accelerate the use of LNG as a marine fuel.
Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President, Tote, commented: ‘We firmly believe that collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case are essential to providing the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020.
'With the addition of Bureau Veritas (BV), Clean Marine Energy (CME), and Gas Natural Fenosa to our coalition, we are expanding our knowledge and experience base, bringing us one step closer to achieving our vision.'
Bureau Veritas’ involvement across the entire LNG fuel chain includes the classification of LNG-fuelled vessels, including tankers, ferries and cruise ships, as well as LNG bunker vessels, and LNG plant and terminal certification. At the end of 2016, Bureau Veritas had 22 LNG-fuelled ships in class with a further 39 under construction.
Philippe Donche Gay, President, Marine and Offshore, BV, commented: ‘We play a significant role in helping ensure safe LNG as fuel operations from design through to construction and into operations, including a safe bunkering framework. Bureau Veritas is committed to helping make LNG one of the preferred and safe solutions for a clean shipping future, which is why it makes sense to work collectively with SEA\LNG members to achieve this.'
Established in 2012, Clean Marine Energy (CME) is taking a role in developing LNG distribution infrastructure and finances the construction or retrofit of LNG-fuelled vessels. The organisation also develops, owns, and operates LNG infrastructure in a number of locations to serve LNG-fuelled vessels.
In February 2015, CME signed construction contracts to build the first US Jones Act LNG bunker vessel at Conrad's Shipyard in Orange, Texas, and alongside energy midstream company Northstar Midstream, LLC and partner Pivotal LNG is constructing the first fully-integrated LNG marine fuelling facility in North America (JAX LNG), in Jacksonville, Florida.
Gas Natural Fenosa has a diversified natural gas and LNG portfolio, amounting to approximately 30 bcm, and employs directly or indirectly a fleet of new methane tankers for the transportation of LNG worldwide.
Alejandro Garcia, Head of Global Gas Origination of Gas Natural Fenosa, noted that: ‘As a leading LNG operator, we hope that the SEA\LNG coalition will benefit from our presence throughout the gas value chain. We continuously strive to adapt to the evolving market by ensuring a strong presence in emerging LNG bunkering markets. This approach is aligned with the Group’s mission to respond to society's energy needs by offering quality and environmentally friendly products and services, and reaffirms our position as a leading company within the LNG sector.
At the end of January, Gas Natural Fenosa played a role in the first LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Barcelona when it supplied the Balearia RoPax ferry, Abel Matutes.
In the new February/March issue of Bunkerspot, Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President, Tote, looks at the challenges still to be overcome if marine LNG is to reach its full potential.