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Representing the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, the Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) has become latest member of the multi-sector coalition which is working to promote the adoption of marine LNG.

SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president of TOTE Inc., Peter Keller commented on the addition to SEA\LNG: ‘Ports around the world are taking LNG seriously. As customers begin to adopt LNG as a viable, scalable solution, ports are recognising that it’s an essential part of a strong future fuel offering.

‘Representing the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP is well placed to share its learnings in relation to infrastructure development, effective port operations, and customer needs, and we know that the coalition will benefit from its perspective on unlocking the potential for LNG as a marine fuel. We welcome YKIP under the leadership of Masamichi Morooka.’

Designated by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as the official operating company for the Keihin ports serving Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP is tasked with the management of integrated operations at container terminals in the Yokohama and Kawasaki area.

Japan is the world’s biggest importer of LNG, with 35 regasification terminals. In 2016, it accounted for about 34% of global imports, representing some 86 million tonnes of LNG.

Masamichi Morooka, President and CEO of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation, said: ‘From a geographical perspective, the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki are perfectly placed to serve as the first or last bunkering points on the Asian side of the Trans-Pacific route.

'Since August 2015, the port of Yokohama has accommodated an LNG-fuelled tugboat, NYK-owned Sakigake, which has provided us with LNG bunkering experience and enabled YKIP to develop its understanding of technical improvements and safety management. Working with the SEA\LNG coalition, we aim to play our part in encouraging adoption of LNG across the globe and increase awareness of the advantages for ports.’

As reported by Bunkerspot, at the end of May Japan’s Marubeni Corporation also signed up for SEA\LNG membership.

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