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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Portsmouth prepares for LNG bunkering

PIP berths PIP berths Portsmouth International Port

Portsmouth International Port (PIP) wants to become the first LNG bunkering facility in the UK.

Brittany Ferries’ latest newbuild, scheduled for delivery in 2016, will be fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas, notes the port, saying that the vessel will bunker in Portsmouth.

PIP announced last week a joint project with Lloyd’s Register to develop operational procedures for safe LNG bunkering.

Over the coming months, they will examine technical specifications of bunkering equipment, safety and emergency planning, and personnel training.

“With changes in the regulations governing emissions it is clear that in the future more shipping will be fuelled by LNG,” said Kalvin Baugh, deputy Ferry Port manager. “To help safeguard the port and meet the needs of our customers, Portsmouth International Port needs to be able to offer this facility.

“Obviously with growing demand for LNG, ports are looking to understand how they can develop the capability to deliver LNG bunkering services safely,” said Leonidas Karistios, Global Gas Technology manager, Lloyd’s Register. “Portsmouth is looking to ensure that they have the right, safe approach to support operational and commercial ambitions. With a city adjacent to the port, significant ferry traffic and a large naval presence, there are substantial and varied stakeholder aspects to be addressed.” 

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