Port of Fujairah plans LNG ship-to-ship transfers and new infrastructure
The Port of Fujairah is gearing up for its next phase of growth, as it seeks to retain its position as the world’s second-largest bunkering port by by strengthening infrastructure and introducing LNG ship-to-ship transfers, trading and operations, Port of Fujairah General Manager Mousa Murad told S&P Global Platts in an e-mail.
“We are working on regulations, safety procedures and towage for this [LNG ship-to-ship transfer] operation,” he said in an e-mail on Thursday.
“As far as energy to the country is concerned, we will liaise with Emirates LNG … second option is that we will liaise with private players for LNG trading and bunkering activities,” said Murad, without elaborating further.
His comments come at a time when LNG is becoming a key alternative for shippers to comply with the 2020 global sulfur cap.
Most LNG variants have no detectable sulfur, and emission of particles and nitrogen oxide by LNG-fueled vessels are considerably lower than that of vessels using other marine fuels.
LNG bunkering is expected to rise from 0.5 million mt/year in 2016 to as high as 16 million mt/year by 2025, Wood Mackenzie’s research director for Asia refining, Sushant Gupta, had said at a media briefing in Singapore in February.
The port is also strengthening its infrastructure. Key expansion planned for this year are the addition of new bunker barge jetties 3A and 3B, with a maximum length overall of 120 meters and depth of Fujairah Harbour Datum of minus 15 meters. The two jetties are scheduled to be completed by end-2017, Murad said. www.hellenicshipp...
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