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India’s shipping ministry is planning to establish LNG storage facilities at Haldia dock of Kolkata Port Trust over the next two years, as part of efforts to cut emissions by powering barges with the clean gas, reports said.

The use of methanol to propel ships is a serious alternative to the present industry norm of burning high-sulphur bunker fuel, according to Erik Lewenhaupt, head of sustainability at Stena Line Group.

Wartsila has won an order from Remontowa to supply a suite of gas solutions for two ropax ferries to be converted to operate on LNG fuel.

Bureau Veritas has published a set of guidelines for the safe handling of LNG during bunkering.

At the vanguard of offering LNG as a bunker fuel, the Port of Gothenburg is to offer reductions in port tariffs for LNG-fuelled vessels in a bid to encourage owners to adopt the fuel.

 

A set of five Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines will power the world’s first LNG-fuelled icebreaker, under construction at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland.

Classification society DNV GL believes the first deepsea LNG powered vessels will ply routes between the US and Europe in the fairly near future.