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Navigator’s special!

New, stringent regulations are forcing the shipping industry to rethink its fuelling options. The introduction of emission control areas in European, U.S. and Canadian territorial waters, as well as coming emissions regulations, will have a profound impact on international shipping over the next ten years.

Can the use of LNG as marine fuel help the industry to meet these challenges? This special edition of GL’s digital newsletter navigator looks at this potentially game changing technology GL’s own guidelines for the use of gas as ship fuel, and the development of rules and design concepts for LNG-fuelled vessels.

GL’s navigator magazine provides up to date information on such key maritime topics as: energy efficiency, environmental requirements and quality assurance, as well as new GL Rules and maritime regulations.

All in all,  a great magazine, a great issue for a type of vessel, fuel, type, trade, the lot; excellent. Watch this space!

Please open this attachment/link  and have a nice read: navigator_Special_Issue_LNG

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Men Hau April 5, 2012 - 10:13 AM


Game changing plays at the LNG Shipping Summit 2012
LNG Shipping Frontrunners Meet at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 26-27 April 2012 to discuss IGF codes, growth of Chinese shipbuilders and fight for LNG shipping control in the face of tripling orders for new carrier designs

Singapore (4 April 2012) – Increasing environmental pressure, few qualified ships, bunkering system, regulatory uncertainty, growth of Chinese shipbuilders and the impact of the Great East Earthquake exacerbate the challenges faced by the LNG shipping industry. LNG transportation front runners gather at LNG Shipping Summit 2012 in Marina Bay Sands, on 26-27 April 2012 to limn the issues surrounding the LNG shipping business that allow industry not to speculate but have an informed decision on managing the business.

2012 marks the growth of LNG shipping industry, resulting largely from the growth of Chinese and Japanese demand for this cleaner fuel, surging 66 percent to 5.5 million tons last year from a year earlier, now believed to rise to 25 million metric tons and 39 per cent at 5.19 million metric tons of LNG last month, up from 3.73 million tons a year earlier, respectively.

LNG is one of the few profitable sectors in the shipping industry, in contrast to dry bulk and tanker markets, which continue to suffer from oversupply and funding difficulties. About 104 ships are now on order according to MOL, world’s largest fleet owner who will be present at the LNG Shipping 2012 International Conference.

“The supply and demand factors in LNG industry do not concern industry players as much,” says Frank Mercado, Director at Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics, “Transportation is the issue for many LNG players we have interviewed, concerned whether there will be enough compliant LNG ships as emission regulations for all ships continue to tighten.”

Another challenge is the LNG bunker supply and demand. LNG bunker suppliers rely on demand to develop the supply infrastructure, while operators and owners require a supply before investing in a vessel that relies on that supply. In addition, the costs of bunkering an LNG vessel are not necessarily known as there is not a large existing market for small volumes of LNG to be used on gas fuelled ships.” The cost and availability of alternatives to ordinary heavy fuel oil, including LNG, potentially will change over the coming decade. All of this has to be weighed against the relative capital expenditure among competing fuel type concepts,” reports ABS.

Chairing the LNG Shipping Summit on 26-27 April 2012 is LNG shipping veteran Kenneth Wilson, principal of K C Wilson and Associates. He will further highlight the impact of the Great East Earthquake on the shipping industry as Japan replaces its lost nuclear power.

The summit will also discuss the rise of the Chinese shipbuilders as well as the use of LNG as ship fuel in the face of stricter environmental codes. Using LNG as ship fuel will reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, which are created when using fuel with a high sulphur content, by between 90% and 95%. This reduction level will become mandatory within the so-called Emission Control Areas (ECAs) from 2015. A similar reduction will be enforced for worldwide shipping from 2020 on, pending a review at the IMO.

Learn more about LNG Shipping 2012 at: http://www.arcmediaglobal.com/lngshipping

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