Poseidon Med II Works Toward Greek National Regulatory Framework for LNG Bunkers

Monday November 28, 2016

The Poseidon Med II project says it held a workshop to discuss the development of a national regulatory framework for Greece on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for vessels.

The workshop was held at the Revithoussa LNG Terminal on October 24, 2016, and attended by representatives from the Secretariat General of Ports, Port Policy, and Maritime Investments of the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy.

The event also brought together representatives from key project partners, including Public Gas Corporation of Greece S.A. (DEPA), Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator S.A. (DESFA), Lloyd’s Register (LR), and Rogan Associates, providing an opportunity to present the scope and objectives of Poseidon Med II project to public authorities.

Specific emphasis is said to have been placed on regulatory issues and the issuance of necessary permits and licences for the construction of relevant port infrastructure.

"During the workshop, the participants thoroughly discussed the international environmental and safety standards and provisions that should be incorporated into the national strategic policy framework for alternative fuels, so that LNG will be a feasible and available option for the shipping society in Eastern Mediterranean, meeting the marine fuel sulfur limits by 2020," explained Poseidon Med II.

"This event offered an excellent opportunity for establishing synergies with national authorities, to ensure adequate and effective regulatory framework for LNG bunkering will be in place."

The workshop is noted to have included a tour of the Revithoussa LNG terminal - Greece's main supply source for LNG.

In August, Ship & Bunker reported that Poseidon Med II held a three day technical and dissemination workshop from July 20 to 22 at the Greek port of Heraklion, which focused on the potential for LNG bunkering at the port.