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Ports of Singapore, Antwerp and Zeebrugge to harmonize LNG bunkering standards

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Antwerp Port Authority and Port of Zeebrugge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on co-operating to harmonize the procedures related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in order to facilitate the acceptance of LNG as a fuel for shipping. (Earlier post.)

The MOU also covers the exchange of information on matters related to LNG as a shipping fuel, such as LNG infrastructure, communication to stakeholders, accreditation of bunkering operators; exchange of information pertaining to bunkering procedures and regulatory framework; and the identification of common areas of interest to set up joint research and development programs.

The MOU will be in force for three years.

Over the last two years, MPA has collaborated with industry partners to study the feasibility of introducing LNG bunkering in Singapore and to develop the procedures and technical specifications for LNG bunkering operations. Given the global nature of shipping, we are very happy to be able to work with the Antwerp Port Authority and the Port of Zeebrugge to harmonise our procedures for LNG bunkering. Such co-operation will help facilitate the development of global standards for LNG bunkering, which is needed to enable the use of LNG as ship fuel.

—Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA

In 2012, the Port of Singapore recorded bunker sales volume of 42.7 million tonnes, retaining its position as the world's top bunkering port.

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