Blog: Cross-industry Collaboration for Accelerating Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel

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Author: Stephen Cadden, COO of SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG is a multi-sector industry coalition dedicated to accelerating the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. The coalition, which was launched in July 2016 by Xynteo on behalf of its 13 founding members, has since grown its membership to 24 – momentum is building. Our efforts are driven by our ambitious and committed membership, which includes key players from across the shipping supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and OEMs. Earlier this month, those efforts were recognised when we were awarded the Green4Sea Initiative Award, which recognises an organisation that sparked, realised or significantly contributed towards greener and sustainable shipping. SEA\LNG members know that by pooling knowledge and working together we can help drive the change needed across the marine transportation system.

At our February Innovation Workshop, our membership came together around our common vision: to create a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020. Together, our mission is to demonstrate and amplify commercial opportunities for the accelerated update of LNG as a marine fuel. Bringing together key players in the LNG shipping value chain, who represent a diverse collaboration of global cross industry members, enables us to act together towards our objective.

The importance of collaboration cannot be understated both in and outside the coalition; it is integral to everything we are trying to achieve. With that in mind, we were delighted to join forces with SGMF (the Society for Gas as Marine Fuel) and recently announce our MoU. The MoU creates a framework for how our complementary organisations will work together towards our common goal: making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry. SGMF has developed world class guidelines and outlined best practice with publications, guidance notices, industry statistics, and studies. I believe coherent guidelines outlining the use of LNG as a marine fuel are integral to the success of our project. To this end, we’re excited to be collaborating and supporting SGMF in promoting insightful guidance for safe and responsible use of gas as a commercial marine fuel.  

From the Americas to the Middle East, Europe to Asia, our membership represents another kind of collaboration, one that spans the globe and the shipping value chain. They are committed to driving SEA\LNG’s work forward and providing invaluable insight as we continue to articulate the economic, infrastructure and emissions cases for the continued development of the LNG marine fuel value chain.

Cross-industry collaboration offers limitless potential; I have never been more sure of this. Now, we must harness its potential, continue to work together and realise our vision to create a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020.