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DNV GL launches data portal to support LNG ship fuel

Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, DNV GL Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, DNV GL

DNV GL has introduced its new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi), which aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including Shell, the Marine division of Rolls-Royce, and MAN will be some of the first companies to use LNGi, DNV GL says.

The portal allows subscribers to assess the availability of LNG fuel for specific trade routes and newbuild projects and provides information about current market developments, as well as status updates on other alternative fuels and emissions reduction technologies across multiple vessel segments. 

“The LNG industry has been growing rapidly over the past few years, so much so that it has become increasingly challenging to keep track of all the latest developments,” said Dr Gerd-Michael Würsig, business director LNG fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime.

“This is especially true for shipowners who are considering the option of using LNG in their vessels and want to ensure they have considered all the relevant factors.”

The portal’s interactive map provides information about LNG bunkering opportunities around the world and data on existing and planned infrastructure such as truck loading facilities, tank to ship bunkering options and LNG bunker vessels.

The Society of Gas as Marine Fuel (SGMF) will also support LNGi by reviewing the data published in the portal and providing information about LNG bunkering projects.

“It is important that we all refer to a trusted data set as the industry develops. LNGi offers just that,” said Mark Bell, general manager at SGMF.

“Benchmark information is critical in a complex and sometimes confusing market and this data set will play an important role, accelerating developments in this field.”

Future planned LNGi features will include segment specific studies, the option for shipowners to show interest to LNG suppliers for bunkering in certain locations, improved AIS features and more details about infrastructure projects and individual LNG fuelled ships (information on LNG specific and supply relevant features such as required LNG tank size and ports of call).{/mprestriction}

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