Gas for Transport

The rise of LNG bunkering

The use of LNG as a marine fuel is expected to grow with the introduction of new environmental rules in North America and Europe in 2015. Its spread to Asia and other regions, however, will depend on similar regulations The use of LNG as a marine fuel is expected to grow with the introduction of new environmental rules in North America and Europe in 2015. Its spread to Asia and other regions, however, will depend on similar regulations.
By Sara Stefanini 11 October 2013 0 4268
ECA regulations should increase the use of LNG-fuelled ships, such as Fjord Lines’s MS Stavangerfjord. (Bergen lines)

The use of LNG as a marine fuel is on the horizon in North America and northern Europe, with emission control areas (ECAs) coming into full force in little more than a year. For it to spread into the Asia/Pacific region, however, LNG will need the support of similar environmental regulations to encourage the shift from dirtier fuels.

Shell is at the forefront of the development of LNG as a fuel for ships, ferries, barges, trains and other transportation methods, and it expects 2015 to be...