EU-study project on alternative fuels to fight GHG in shipping, Belgium, 2013.
PortExpertise researched and delivered a detailed report on the opportunities for improving clean North Sea shipping by using greener fuels.
The shipping industry, still mainly driving on heavy polluting fuels, resulting in high sulphur emissions, has a serious responsibility in the context of action focus on a cleaner environment and efforts to fight earth climate warming.
PortExpertise experts worked on a EU funded project (INTERREG) called CNSS (Clean North Sea Shipping) studying the use of shore side electricity and the use of LNG as a fuel for shipping. The port of Antwerp is a forerunner in promoting the use of alternative ships’ fuels such as LNG. The use of LNG for ships is analyzed as well as the possibilities for providing shore side electricity. As LNG is only available in a very limited number of LNG terminals, the recommendation included the set up a complete supply chain for LNG (import of LNG from Qatar, Algeria..), storage of LNG, construction of a bunker vessel that will supply ships with LNG etc
The Port of Antwerp started implying the use of cleaner fuels. LNG bunkering has been available in the port of Antwerp since 2012. In 2014 bunkering with LNG was included in the Port Police Regulations, thus providing a regulatory framework for truck-to-ship, ship-to-ship and terminal-to-ship bunkering of LNG in the port of Antwerp. It is pioneering the introduction of LNG as a replacement for the traditional diesel fuel for ships and continues to promote the use of LNG in the port, granting the first ‘particulates discount’ to a seagoing ship and bunkering it with LNG.