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New members join SEA\LNG

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SEA\LNG has announced the addition of three new members to its coalition: Bureau Veritas, Clean Marine Energy, and Gas Natural Fenosa.

The multi-sector industry coalition aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.

These three new SEA\LNG members join organisations including ABS, Carnival Corp. & plc, DNV GL, Eagle LNG Partners, ENGIE, ENN Group, GE, GTT, JAX LNG, Keppel Gas Technology, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi Corp., NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Total, TOTE Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corp., and Wärtsilä.

The coalition recently called for a candid appraisal of barriers to LNG as a marine fuel ahead of the global sulfur cap of 0.5% from January 2020.

Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President, Tote said: “We firmly believe that collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case are essential to providing the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020. With the addition of Bureau Veritas (BV), Clean Marine Energy (CME), and Gas Natural Fenosa to our coalition, we are expanding our knowledge and experience base, bringing us one step closer to achieving our vision.”

Philippe Donche Gay, President, Marine and Offshore, Bureau Veritas, said: ‘We play a significant role in helping ensure safe LNG as fuel operations from design through to construction and into operations, including a safe bunkering framework. Bureau Veritas is committed to helping make LNG one of the preferred, and safe solutions for a clean shipping future, which is why it makes sense to work collectively with SEA\LNG members to achieve this.”

Pace Ralli, CEO, Clean Marine Energy, said: “The greatest barriers for shipowners and operators to convert to LNG are access to capital and guaranteed LNG supply. CME's ability to provide funding for LNG powered vessels and our commitment to developing the supply chain will lower these barriers. We look forward to working collectively with the SEA\LNG coalition to provide owners and operators with the confidence to make the transition from conventional marine fuels to natural gas.”

Alejandro Garcia, Head of Global Gas Origination of Gas Natural Fenos, added: “As a leading LNG operator, we hope that the SEA\LNG coalition will benefit from our presence throughout the gas value chain. We continuously strive to adapt to the evolving market by ensuring a strong presence in emerging LNG bunkering markets. This approach is aligned with the Group’s mission to respond to society's energy needs by offering quality and environmentally friendly products and services, and reaffirms our position as a leading company within the LNG sector.”

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