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Port infrastructure 'ill-prepared' for LNG bunker growth: Costa Cruises

Calls on ports to commit to solutions that guarantee the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure.



Image credit: Costa Cruises


Updated on 18 Jun 2018 08:47 GMT

Costa Cruises suggest the world's LNG bunkering infrastructure is currently "ill-prepared" to handle the expected growth in LNG demand.

The Genoa-based Cruise line posits that there are "only 22 ports" in the world currently equipped with the required infrastructure for the supply of the liquid gas fuel, and that most of them are concentrated in north-west Europe, the US Gulf and East coast.

Costa therefore stresses that, over the next few years, it will be necessary to drive change by calling on key ports to commit to solutions that guarantee the development of infrastructure for the supply of LNG.

Costa's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has already made a number of strategic decisions aimed at reaching this objective.

The world's biggest cruise operator has expanded the terminal area in the port of Barcelona to cater for LNG-fuelled ships and upgraded the infrastructure in Costa Cruises' home port of Savona.

Additionally, Carnival is a founding member of SEA\LNG - a cross-industry initiative which aims to accelerate the use of LNG as a marine fuel.

To translate the coalition's vision into action, SEA\LNG has developed a strategy based on three pillars: collaboration leveraging members' knowledge and networks; demonstration of the benefits arising from the transition to LNG; and communication impacting and influencing key stakeholders.

The ultimate aim is to highlight the viability of and demand for LNG across the maritime value chain so as to favour the construction of LNG supply and bunkering infrastructure.






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