KOGAS Moves to Develop South Korean LNG Bunkering Protocol

Monday March 13, 2017

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), through a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), DNV GL, and KC LNG Tech Co., Ltd. (KC LNG Tech), is set to develop a protocol for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in South Korea, IHS Fairplay reports.

Setting up South Korea to become the first Asian country to have such a set of procedures, KOGAS says procedures for ship-to-ship bunkering will be developed by the end of the year.

The protocol is set to include safety of vessels and facilities and delivered quantities of LNG bunkers for ship-to-ship deliveries.

The development is noted to come ahead of the implementation of a global sulfur cap of 0.50 percent on marine fuel in 2020 as an increasing number of Asian countries are looking to embrace LNG bunkering.

In December, Ship & Bunker reported that KOGAS was intending to invest $9 million to support ship-to-ship LNG bunkering infrastructure in Tongyeong, South Korea, including the construction of loading arms and a quay by 2019.