In Asia and in Europe various players are beginning to lay the ground work for LNG bunkering to resolve the “chicken-and-egg” dilemma for LNG-fuel.
Several European and Asian ports have made plans to introduce LNG-bunkering over the past year, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)’s Energy of the Future blog noted on Feb. 21. Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, has reportedly communicated “clear ambitions” to supply LNG-fuel by 2014 at the latest. Meanwhile Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Hamburg are also aiming to make LNG available sometime between 2013 and 2014. To give further weight to the growing trend, the blog also noted that draft ISO standards for LNG bunkering will be in print by year-end.