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LNG Marine Fuel Institute applauds ‘Green Shipping’ incentives at Pilbara Ports

The LNG Marine Fuel Insitute (LNG MFI) has welcomed moves by the Government of Western Australia to introduce new incentives encouraging ships visiting Pilbara Ports to use cleaner marine fuels like liquefied natural gas.

McGowan Government leads push to establish a job-creating international LNG fuelling hub in the Pilbara through port fee discounts.

Building on the Pilbara's strength as a global LNG production hub, the McGowan Government will offer a 50 per cent discount in port dues to bulk vessels bunkering with LNG at Pilbara ports - saving each vessel around $20,000.

The discount comes into effect on July 1, 2020, and will remain in place for five years. If taken up, the discounts could be worth up to $5.3 million by 2025.

The West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said: "The Pilbara is already globally renowned as an LNG production powerhouse, and my Government is taking steps to turn the Pilbara into an international LNG fuelling hub.”

“Today’s announcement sends a clear signal that the WA government is taking a strong position to help Australia reach greenhouse gas emission targets set by the International Maritime Organisation,” LNG MFI chief executive officer Margot Matthews said.

“We’ve strongly advocated with our members, including the Pilbara Port Authority, for these changes which we believe are good for the state and the country.”

LNG MFI’s position is that Australia can meet and exceed new IMO 2020 regulations by establishing early adoption of natural gas, providing the Australasian maritime industry with a superior and cost-effective fuel source.

“There’s a strong business case for this change, one that will see us play a leading role in the supply of cleaner emerging fuels, leading to significant industry and jobs growth and emission reduction for Australia,” Ms Matthews said.

“While shipping remains a hugely efficient means of transporting goods across the world, ships can emit levels of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) pollution that impacts people living near ports and in coastal areas.

“Which is why alternative fuels need to play a significant role in the shipping industry achieving the IMO 2050 50 per cent net emission target. LNG will be a large part of the marine fuel mix beyond 2050.”

Ms Matthews said that currently, LNG is the only available option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on deep-sea vessels, such as those that run out of Pilbara ports. 

“Since 2017 LNG MFI has worked to bring together key players to develop a cleaner marine fuel industry in Australia as we work towards a carbon-free future and we’d call on other governments and ports to follow the example now being set at Pilbara Ports,” the CEO said.

“While there’s no single pathway to a low emissions future, expanding the use of LNG as a transition marine fuel is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from shipping and help reduce this country’s environmental footprint,” Ms Matthews said.

“We believe it has a critical role to play in Australia’s rapidly evolving energy sector and today’s announcement sends a clear signal to organisations of government support for what is a relatively new industry but one that has huge potential to drive jobs and economic growth.”

 

Chart Industries joins LNG Marine Fuel Institute 

The LNG Marine Fuel Institute is delighted to announce the membership of Chart Industries to a growing coalition of companies committed to LNG as the primary marine fuel in the transition to carbon-free shipping.

LNG MFI CEO Margot Matthews said that as a key equipment and systems provider in applications that utilise LNG for clean-burning and economical natural gas, Chart Industries will bring valuable insight, background and experience to the Institute.

“LNG MFI is excited to have Chart Industries come on board as our newest member,” Ms Matthews said. “LNG bunkering requires flexibility particularly in these early stages of development and Chart Industries has the experience we need in the design and installation of small scale LNG equipment and systems.”

Chart Industries CEO Jill Evanko said the company is looking forward to the new relationship and the positive benefits it could bring to move towards LNG as a marine fuel.

“As members of the MFI we are looking forward to further enhancing LNG as a commercially viable and clean burning marine fuel for 2020 and beyond and contributing to a cleaner environment for the communities in which our equipment and solutions are used,” Ms Evanko said.

About Chart Industries

Chart is a key equipment and systems provider in applications that utilise LNG for clean-burning, economical natural gas. leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas and energy industry Chart liquefaction technology, specialty heat exchangers and cryogenic storage and delivery expertise support global infrastructure build, including small-scale LNG for transportation, marine and power generation. In the marine sector, Chart built its first bunkering station in 2003 and most recently completed terminals in Klaipeda and Jacksonville, Florida. Chart also provides onboard fueling systems for LNG powered vessels and includes the Francisco high-speed ferry amongst its references. To find out more please visit http://www.chartindustries.com/

About LNG MFI

LNG MFI is a not for profit organization based in Perth, Australia. Our purpose is to galvanize and drive our members to work together in breaking down the barriers. We do this by bringing together members to connect and activate their business plans, filling knowledge gaps needed to break down barriers and provide a unified voice and advocate for members to government. This is to achieve our vision of LNG is a primary marine fuel to benefit the nation, grow our industry and reduce our environmental footprint. To find more please visit https://lng-mfi.org/

 

LNG as a marine fuel moving full steam ahead, says LNG Marine Fuel Institute

An Australian first move by Pilbara Port Authority (PPA) to issue ship-to-ship LNG bunkering licences to Woodside Energy is a major win for the nation, industry and the environment says the LNG Marine Fuel Institute (LNG MFI). 

LNG MFI chief executive officer Margot Matthews said PPA and Woodside have executed non-exclusive licences to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services at the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier, the first licences of their type issued in Australia.

“Since 2017 LNG MFI has worked to bring together key players to develop a cleaner marine fuel industry in Australia as we lower emissions for a better future and it’s exciting to see this now moving full steam ahead,” Ms Matthews said.

Pilbara Ports Authority’s General Manager Development & Trade, Mr Lyle Banks, said the Authority has issued three licences for LNG bunkering operations in the Pilbara. 

“In addition to Woodside’s ship-to-ship licences, a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering licence was issued to Evol LNG in early 2017,” Mr Banks said.

“Western Australia is well-placed to become an LNG bunkering hub, with LNG production facilities close to large iron ore mining operations and the many hundreds of ocean-going vessels that use ports in the Pilbara region.”

Woodside Executive Vice President Marketing for Trading and Shipping, Mr Reinhardt Matisons, described working with Pilbara Ports Authority to finalise LNG bunkering licences “as a key step in developing an LNG fuels industry” in WA. 

“Woodside is finalising plans for an LNG bunkering operation in the Pilbara to capture the significant environmental and economic benefits of using LNG, instead of fuel oil, for the busy iron ore shipping trade,” Mr Matisons said. “We continue to work with potential customers on this opportunity.”

“While there’s no single pathway to a low emissions future, expanding the use of LNG as a transition marine fuel is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from shipping and help reduce this country’s environmental footprint,” Ms Matthews added.

 

International Shipping Industry to Develop Roadmap for Decarbonization

An industry-led coalition of stakeholders committed today to the deployment of viable zero-emissions vessels as a key step toward decarbonizing international shipping. International shipping emits 2-3 percent of global emissions while transporting close to 90 percent of global trade volume. Shipping decarbonization could be the engine that drives green development across the world.

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