Wärtsilä Corporation, News, 13 April 2016 at 13:00 hrs EET – Wärtsilä today announces that John Hatley, Vice President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions in America, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Wärtsilä has long been at the forefront of developing technologies to make possible the use of gas as a marine fuel, and this appointment reflects this long standing commitment.
The SGMF is a new non-governmental organization (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practices when using gas as a marine fuel. Gas fuel provides the marine industry with a viable path to achieving compliance with increasingly stringent environmental standards. The use of gas fuel notably reduces the level of harmful exhaust emissions from ship engines that are typical with conventional liquid fuels.
At Wärtsilä, Hatley has worked since 2010 to shape the trajectory of marine gas fuel adoption in North America. His efforts have helped generate momentum across the fundamental enablers, namely the gas supply, regulatory framework and training, while facilitating leadership in moving the industry forward.
“I believe the SGMF will play a pivotal role in promoting the safe adoption of gas as a preferred fuel throughout the marine global markets, both today and in the future. It is my honour to represent Wärtsilä within this premier organization, and to assist the marine industry in its move forward into this new gas fuel era, ” says Hatley.
The mission of SGMF is to promote safe and responsible operations for gas fuelled ships. SGMF promotes the sharing of lessons learned, training and industry development, and the fostering of relationships amongst regulatory agencies with principal stakeholders.
Link to SGMF www.sgmf.info
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18, 800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.