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LNG as shipping fuel in the port of Antwerp

The Port of Antwerp (PoA) endeavours to play a proactive and pioneering role in the development of LNG as a fuel for shipping. LNG is considered as the marine fuel for the future, since it will allow shipping companies to comply with the various emission regulation which come into force from 2015. The Port of Antwerp wants to position and develop itself as a sustainable port where people, prosperity and planet can meet up in an economically viable way. As such in 2011 the port of Antwerp decided that in 2015 pioneer ship-owners should be able to bunker LNG as a fuel for their vessels in the same way  conventional fuels are being bunkered today. This ambition implies that the PoA will actively develop rules and regulations for LNG bunkering as well as facilitate the build-up of the supply chain for LNG as a fuel in and to the port area.


The PoA in 2013 partnered up with the classification society Det Norske Veritas to ensure the safe and efficient bunkering of LNG in port environment. LNG bunkering procedures were developed for all existing bunkering scenarios,  published in the port bye-laws in March 2014. The accreditation system for LNG bunkering companies is to be expected later in 2014. 

Following a European tendering procedure the PoA in 2013 selected Exmar as its strategic partner for LNG  bunkering in the port. Both partners have teamed up for the development of an LNG bunkership as well as for the execution of several further studies. The goal of this strategic alliance is an LNG bunkership operational in the port in 2015. In the spring of 2014 the two partners plan to start the actual construction of an LNG bunkership.


Since 2012 LNG truck-to-ship bunkering is possible in the Port of Antwerp. For inland shipping the PoA is  developing an LNG bunkerterminal. This, within the EU funded project ‘LNG Masterplan for Danube-main-Rhine’. The PoA endeavours to have this LNG bunkerterminal operational in 2015.


The PoA is also involved in the harmonization processes regarding LNG as fuel on different levels. As such the PoA is lead port of the WPCI LNG Fuelled Vessels working Group and participates in several international working groups (e.g. Society of Gas as Marine Fuel and, European Sustainable Shipping Forum,..)


More info on the LNG trajectory of the PoA can be found using the following links: