Ports say LNG would reduce unwanted emissions in coastal areas.
The ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg have said they've signed a letter of intent to work together to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to current marine fuels in time for when tougher sulfur standards come into effect in the northern European seas in 2015.
LNG as a marine fuel is much better for the environment, they said, and its use would help considerably reduce the emissions of both sulfur, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide in coastal areas.
The ports said they would also be jointly promoting the use of LNG a marine fuel.
The Port of Gothenburg said last week that LNG bunkering will be available at the port in time for 2015 and that bunkering can take place exactly as it does at present - directly from a bunker tanker.
A new study by Lloyd's Register (LR) concluded that LNG-fuelled engines are a viable option for deep sea trades, and LNG bunkering is likely to be adopted for short sea shipping in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) over the next 13 years.