Belgium: Port of Antwerp Publishes Guidelines for LNG …

first_imgzoom The new Municipal Police Regulations, Port Guidelines and associated forms came into force on 9 March 2014. For the first time ever the regulations include specific procedures for LNG bunkering. With these procedures the Antwerp Port Authority aims to ensure that bunkering with LNG is carried out as safely as possible. This pioneering work forms part of the Port Authority’s striving for sustainable development. LNG, the ship’s fuel of the futureThe use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as a ship’s fuel is a relatively new technology, but it is much more environment-friendly than the diesel fuels currently used. Emissions of sulphur in particular are significantly lower, but when it comes to other pollutants too such as NOx and particulates this fuel performs much better.Although ships are much more energy efficient than other forms of transport, their greenhouse gas emissions still pose a challenge for the international fight against global warming. For this reason a new IMO regulation (International Maritime Organization – Marpol annex VI) comes into force in 2015 for reducing ships’ emissions in the ECA (Emission Control Area) covering the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel where there are stricter controls on the use of bunker oil. The new IMO regulations focus mainly on reducing the sulphur content of bunker oil and other ship’s fuels. The use of LNG is seen as one solution for attaining the required standards. Development and updating of proceduresAntwerp Port Authority therefore decided last year not only to promote but also to actively facilitate the use of LNG as ship’s fuel. The Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was asked to develop procedures to serve as operational standards for bunkering with LNG in a safe manner. It also investigated the possible risks of parallel LNG bunkering operations in the port.The procedures developed by DNV for the Port of Antwerp were presented to 50 or so stakeholders, both within the port and internationally, and their feedback was taken into account in finalising the procedures. These will also be made available to other European courts that similarly wish to make LNG available.“Since the technology for LNG bunkering is still in its early days we expect to build up new know-how during the implementation stage, and the procedures will be refined and updated on an ongoing basis,” declared Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority. The forms in the police regulations for handling LNG will also be regularly updated to keep them in line with the state of the art in safe bunkering with LNG. Construction of an LNG bunkering vesselAfter a European call for tenders in 2013, Antwerp Port Authority appointed the Exmar shipping company as its strategic partner with which it will collaborate closely for construction of an LNG bunkering vessel, including the required preliminary studies.With these initiatives the Port of Antwerp seeks to further confirm its pioneering role in the field of LNG. My location Port of Antwerp, March 11, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

Chief of UN development agency calls for common framework for globalization

“While strong, individual countries will continue to be the crucial element in globalization, international cooperation is vital in providing the framework of common values and rules which make the system more inclusive,” Kemal Dervis, who became UNDP’s Administrator in August, said at an international economic conference in Mumbai.Mr. Dervis praised the economic dynamism of India, but said its efforts to incorporate inclusive globalization into its policies were particularly important. “The UN supports India’s efforts to broaden the base of growth and combine a dynamic market economy with strong social policies,” he said.Mr. Dervis expects to meet with Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and other officials in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss financing mechanisms for India’s human development, employment for the rural poor, and the role of the private sector in boosting the country’s ability to reach its development goals.UNDP’s 2005 Human Development Report noted that India’s strong, sustained economic growth has not yet produced equivalent progress in such key areas as child and maternal mortality. Gender inequality is also cited as a serious concern. As is the case in many emerging market countries, growth needs to be more pro-poor if development goals are to be met, the agency says.After leaving India, Mr. Dervis plans to continue on to Thailand and Pakistan, where he will join Secretary-General Kofi Annan on a tour of South Asia’s earthquake-devastated areas next week. The two officials will represent the UN at the international conference on earthquake recovery in Islamabad on 19 November. read more