OTTAWA, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - A joint industry project focused on the use
of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the West Coast aims to identify and
address barriers for LNG as a marine fuel in Canada. The estimated $1.2
million project involves 17 participating organizations including Port
Metro Vancouver, BC Ferries, Seaspan, and the British Columbia
Institute of Technology along with marine classification societies,
technology and services providers, standards development groups,
federal and provincial governments, and natural gas producers and
Stringent emissions regulations coming into force in 2015-2016 mean that
vessel owners operating within 200 miles of the West Coast and in other
regions of Canada will need to use lower sulphur distillate fuel,
install exhaust aftertreatment technologies or switch to LNG in order
to comply. LNG offers significant air quality benefits producing 80%
lower NOx and particulate matter, and a 90% reduction in SOx emissions.
LNG can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25% from ships.
"Our government is pleased to work with partners to determine how LNG
can be used as a safe and environmentally responsible marine fuel on
the West Coast of Canada," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister
Responsible for British Columbia and Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages. "In addition, results of this work will be
applicable to similar initiatives in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
Seaway, as well as the East Coast of Canada."
"LNG bunkering is being considered by major ports around the world as
one way to reduce emissions and enhance sustainability," said Duncan
Wilson, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Port Metro
Vancouver, "We are committed to growing Canada's largest Gateway to the
Asia Pacific in a sustainable way and LNG offers the potential to
improve environmental performance and enhance our competitive
BC Ferries sees LNG as a viable alternative to marine diesel fuel.
"While we already use low sulphur diesel, we are taking it to the next
level by exploring the use of alternative fuels to reduce costs and
lessen the environmental impact of our operations," according to Mike
Corrigan, President and CEO. "LNG is an attractive option as it offers
fuel savings and emissions reductions through the use of an abundant
Launched in late 2012, the West Coast Marine LNG project will conclude
with the release of a final report in November 2013 documenting
technology readiness, training, safe operations and regulatory
requirements, and environmental and economic benefits from a Canadian
point of view. The project is supported by the Government of Canada
under the direction of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
(CNGVA) who is playing a lead role in coordinating participation and
resource contributions. The CNGVA is Canada's national trade
association that advocates for greater use of natural gas as a primary
transportation fuel for the benefit of Canada's economy and
Statements from Project Participants:
"As a global leader in providing classification services to vessels
powered by LNG, ABS is proud to be a part of joint industry project.
We are dedicated to helping the marine industry identify the practical
and safe solutions needed to develop the next generation of
eco-conscious vessels. We look forward to bringing our experience in
the LNG space to the table."
- Tom Kirk - Director, Environmental Programs
"CSA Group, as Canada's largest Standards Development Organization, is
committed to helping ensure that codes and standards work for people
and businesses throughout Canada, North America, and the world. Our
national and international standards systems work to address and safely
enable new technological areas such as the use of LNG and alternative
fuels in the marine sector. CSA Group is dedicated to facilitating new,
sustainable technologies that help significantly reduce the negative
impact of emissions on the environment."
- Greg Orloff, Director of Energy - Fuel Burning and Distribution
Encana Natural Gas Inc.
"At Encana, we believe natural gas is a clear choice in meeting the
increased demand for energy while at the same time reducing our carbon
footprint. The use of LNG as a marine fuel in Canada further
demonstrates the environmental benefits of natural gas in
transportation, with up to 30 percent less carbon dioxide emissions
than diesel and 80 percent less smog-causing particulate matter.
Natural gas is an affordable, abundant and Canadian solution for a
secure energy future."
- Paul Evans, Chair CNGVA and Team Lead, Strategy & Planning
"Serving more than 1.1 million customers, FortisBC provides energy
solutions to British Columbians, most recently in the transportation
sector. We're helping heavy truck fleets transition to natural gas in
order to reduce their environmental impact and lower their operating
costs. Extending the benefits of LNG to the marine sector is a
natural next step towards a lower carbon transportation future,
resulting in lower shipping and transit costs that can be passed on to
- Doug Stout, Vice President, Energy Solutions and External Relations
Lloyd's Register Canada Ltd.
Lloyd's Register has considerable expertise in gas technology, risk, and
operations and we are applying our skills across the entire gas supply
chain, from gas ships and gas as fuel to land-based and floating
offshore installations. We are totally independent. Along with our
expertise, this impartial approach is vital. We help the industry get
new designs 'right' and help all stakeholders and regulators to
understand the 'big' risk picture.
- Marcel LaRoche, Marine Manager Western Canada
Rolls-Royce Canada Ltd.
"Rolls-Royce has been leading the use of LNG for Marine Power in Europe
since 2005 with multiple marine power installations on ferries,
offshore support, short-sea shipping cargo vessels and tugboats. We are
excited and proud to be part of the LNG fuelling initiative for the
West Coast of Canada. We hope that the West Coast Marine LNG joint
industry project will serve as a guiding tool for various marine
industry participants, who are interested in implementing this fuel of
the future for their vessels."
- Nick Firtonea, Programme Director, Merchant, North America
"The use of natural gas as a marine fuel, and liquefied natural gas as
the storage medium falls directly in line with our core values of care
for the environment and efficiency, because of this we are committed to
exploring its possible uses in all aspects of our business."
- Jonathan Whitworth, CEO
"With more than 500 vessels and over 1,100 engines either in operation
or sold with Wärtsilä Dual Fuel Engines, we are seeing realization of
the benefits LNG provides to the environment and to vessel operators
and owners as a clean, sustainable marine fuel. This project can serve
as a guide to enable interested parties to capture the potential of
- Quentin Stewart, Sales Manager
"As a global leader in natural gas engines, Westport understands the
enormous potential for LNG as a marine transportation fuel. The West
Coast is also Westport's backyard, so we feel it's important to
participate in this joint initiative between the federal government and
industry players to bring LNG to the marine sector."
- Paul Blomerus, Senior Director, High Horsepower
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SOURCE: Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
For further information:
Please visit www.cngva.org or contact:
Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA)
Tel: (613) 564-0181