LNG as a marine fuel moving full steam ahead, says Clean 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 Clean Marine Fuel Institute (Clean MFI). 

Clean 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 Clean 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.

Clean MFI held one of its regular round table forums inviting key LNG marine transport fuel stakeholders to hear our guest speakers were:

     Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs; and

     Dr Mary Stewart, CEO, Energetics


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