As 2015 nears, the shipping industry is faced with adhering to strict regulations on sulphur emissions. The Emissions Control Area, comprising the Baltic and North Seas along with the English Channel, will see the fuel sulphur limit fall to just 0.1%. LNG offers one of the most prominent solutions, reducing sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions while being economically feasible.
With ports and ship operators agreeing that LNG is the most plausible solution to meet upcoming sulphur emission standards, the question is who will jump first. The past year has seen crucial developments on both fronts. From July 1st inland shipping can officially bunker with LNG in the Seinehaven, in Rotterdam Botlek, which is a first for Europe.
Recent months have also witnessed an increased global interest from ship operators. In June, contracts for building the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade were signed, a significant milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade in the European Union. With ports and ship operators making significant progress, it is clear that a unified approach is the way forward.