DNV GL is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia. The launch in Doha is in conjunction with Qatar’s announcement that it is going to establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel in Qatar and the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
DNV GL has witnessed a significant change in the shipping industry’s opinion on the use of LNG as a marine fuel. However, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind. The first step in addressing that gap was the publication of the ISO Committee’s draft guideline on LNG Bunkering in June 2013. As a further development, DNV GL has prepared a Recommended Practice for LNG Bunkering based on the ISO principles to establish the guidelines and recommendations required to protect people and the environment during the development and operation of LNG bunker facilities.
Over the past 14 years, DNV GL has collaborated extensively through Joint Industry Projects (JIP) and direct engagements across the entire LNG value chain to discover the feasibility of LNG bunkering in all the key shipping locations worldwide. The DNV GL RP will be a useful tool for building the necessary regulatory framework to ensure safe and reliable bunkering operations for the above future LNG fuelled vessels.