Three more ports join global focus group on LNG bunkering

SINGAPORE - An international focus group on liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering - which Singapore played a key role in setting up - has expanded to include three more ports, amid growing interest to supply LNG as a marine fuel.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced on Monday (July 10) that the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, Port of Marseille Fos, and Port of Vancouver have joined the group, which includes Port of Singapore. The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is the first Chinese port to join the group.

The network now comprises a total of eleven ports and maritime administrations across Asia, Europe and North America.

The expansion is aimed at strengthening the network of LNG bunker-ready ports and to bolster efforts towards enabling the uptake of LNG as marine fuel, said MPA.

The focus group was first formed in 2014 by the MPA, Antwerp Port Authority, the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Zeebrugge. In 2016, Asian representation increased with the inclusion of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and South Korea's Ulsan Port Authority.

In October last year, all members of the focus group signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation and information sharing in relation to LNG bunkering, as well as to develop a network of LNG bunker-ready ports across the East and West and Trans-Pacific trade. The first meeting was held in April in Yokohama, Japan, where the focus group agreed to focus collaborative efforts on enabling the uptake of LNG as bunkers globally.