355-Page Report: ‘No Technical Showstoppers Identified’
DNV GL has submitted a 255-page report on liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel to the European Union. The classification society says that gaps in Europe’s laws and regulations, and a lack of harmonized standards are impeding the take-up of LNG as a ship fuel. But there are “no technical showstoppers” in the way of completing an EU-wide framework for marine LNG distribution, bunkering and use.
“DNV GL’s assessment of the existing rules, standards and guidelines shows that from a legal point of view, there are no remaining major showstoppers for the use of LNG as fuel – both for seagoing vessels and inland waterway vessels – nor for the deployment of LNG bunker facilities,” Martin Layfield, global gas value chain segment leader with DNV GL – Oil & Gas says in a report summary.
Easy on Harmonization
“In November, members states will have to submit their national policy frameworks using the report’s recommendations,” Layfield said. “DNV GL has advised the EU to implement a low/moderate harmonization scenario as the most workable policy option …
“This will reduce effort in implementation, delays and administrative burden while still enabling standardization.” Full harmonization of standards, the reports finds, will make for far more expensive LNG conversions and LNG-fueled newbuilds alike.
‘The World Expects The Energy to Be Greener’
“The next three decades will see substantial increase in energy demand,” said Liv Hovem, regional manager for Continental Europe, North and East Africa with DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “At the same time, a big part of the world expects the energy to be greener, more reliable and more affordable,” she said.
“This is what we refer to as the energy ‘trilemma.’ Natural gas has a key role to play in the future energy mix and Europe will continue to be a significant import hub for LNG,” Hovem said.
EMSA Wants to Know
“DNV GL is already driving harmonization through a Recommended Practice for LNG bunkering and is well placed to support member states as well as port authorities and the wider industry with guidance on adopting the guidance into their own legislation, in much the same way as we are doing with the industry on the EU Offshore Directive,” she added.
The latest report is part of the high-profile Study on the Completion of an EU Framework on LNG-Fuelled Ships and Its Relevant Fuel Provision Infrastructure commissioned by DG MOVE, the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. It builds on a study commissioned by EMSA, European Maritime Safety Agency.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: DNV GL with HHP Insight follow-up