LNG, the marine fuel of the future

LNG, the marine fuel of the future

One of the topics that will be addressed in the session “New fuels within the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)” will be LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). Less than two years after the entry into force of the new sulfur limits for fuels established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Liquefied Natural Gas is becoming an increasingly viable option as fuel for the 21st century.

Many shipowners are still wondering how they can comply with the new regulations, which will begin to be applied in January 2020. The options are divided between the scrapping of the oldest ships, the equipment of the different units with gas purification systems pollutants, the shift to low sulfur fuels or the use of LNG.

What is LNG?

Liquefied natural gas is one of the fossil fuels most respectful of the environment. It generates up to 25% less CO2 emissions than other traditional fuels. In addition, it contributes to the almost total reduction of emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), reduces nitrogen oxides (NOX) by more than 80% and almost completely eliminates particles (PM).

The decarbonization of maritime transport

The transition to the low carbon economy is a topic of special relevance for society due to its impact on environmental and economic sustainability. It is necessary to begin to change things to meet the environmental objectives imposed by the European Union in the near future.

This process of using LNG as a fuel for ships is known as the decarbonization of maritime transport and implies a considerable reduction of emissions with immediate effect on air quality and the greenhouse effect, since the emission of harmful gases is avoided, such as the oxides of sulfur and nitrogen.

In this energy transition and in the search for more efficient fuels related to maritime transport, the goal of Puertos del Estado, the public entity with responsibility over the state­owned port system, is that by 2020 all Spanish ports can supply LNG to the boats to be cleaner and more efficient.

The Ports of Las Palmas prepare for the supply of LNG

According to the manager of the Puertos de Las Palmas Foundation, Sergio Galván, the Ports of Las Palmas are catching up and preparing to supply LNG in the coming years. The supply of this fuel in the Ports of Las Palmas is not yet possible, but it will be essential when the new European Union regulations come into force.

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