The International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) and The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on the safe, effective, and sustainable supply of gases as marine fuels. The possible use of ammonia will be a key focus.
In a statement, the SGMF noted that the MoU brings together the principal technical stakeholders needed for the adoption of low-carbon liquefied gases. SGMF’s membes include energy majors, gas suppliers, equipment manufacturers, technology firms, classification societies, owners, operators and builders, while the IAPH numbers amongst its members the world’s leading port and terminal operators.
SGMF general manager and COO, Mark Bell, said: “Safety is the prevalent factor and as the industry transitions towards an inevitable low carbon future, at SGMF we are looking forward to working with IAPH’s experts from ports, many of whom are either already operational or who are in the process of implementing infrastructure that provides alternative fuels to vessels.”
Speaking for the IAPH, technical director, Antonis Michail, commented: “Ports have the potential to act as energy hubs as a cheaper and safer alternative than storing it elsewhere. SGMF members with their technical competences have the potential to help us make that happen.”
IAPH and SGMF to collaborate on fuels