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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): What is it and how does it impact the shipping industry?

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the most recent step towards lessening environmental impacts in the fueling industry. LNG occurs when natural gas is taken from a gaseous form and turned into liquid form. The benefit of using LNG is that it is non-pressurized, and is therefore easier and safer to transport. LNG is only 1/600ths the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state, so more can be shipped at a time. It is win-win for ships as LNG is easier to transport, more fuel efficient, and better for the environment because burning LNG results in less carbon emissions that other forms of fuel. Burning LNG releases 50-60% less carbon than coal. LNG is still a fossil fuel and does have impacts on the environment, but the impacts are less than traditional forms of fuel.

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Focusing on Solutions in Today’s Maritime World

Maritime industry colleagues joined NAMEPA at the WGMA offices in Houston to explore “Focusing on Solutions in Today’s Maritime World”.  Never since the change from sail to steam, and from coal to oil has the maritime industry experienced such profound changes. In this round, though, the changes are being compressed into less than a decade.

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IMO Bans Non-Compliant Fuel

IMO is taking a significant step forward in banning the use of fuel that exceeds the .5% sulphur limit as of 2020 unless an operational scrubber is in place.  This helps level the playing field in discouraging those endeavoring to benefit by not using compliant fuel.  Also necessary will be enforcement of this amendment. 

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Dorian LPG Selects ABS to Evaluate LPG as Fuel and other 2020 Compliance Options

(Houston, ABS Media Relations) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has been selected by Dorian LPG to provide an in-depth techno-economic analysis, laying out compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.

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