Liquefied natural gas, or LNG for short, is becoming an increasingly popular marine fuel, largely due to the fact that it is a significantly more environmentally friendly option than traditional diesel or heavy fuel oil. In response, the Port of Helsinki has published instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships.
LNG significantly reduces the environmental emissions of ships. Compared to traditional marine diesel, for example, LNG can reduce harmful nitrogen emissions – a significant contributor to the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea – by up to 85%. Furthermore, using LNG can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 20%, in addition to also minimising sulphur and particle emissions. What’s more, ships that use LNG also run quieter than ships using traditional fuels - writes hel.fi.
With the expansion of the sulphur emission control area of the Baltic Sea, LNG is becoming an increasingly attractive option, and one that also complies with the restrictions on nitrogen emissions that will enter into force in the Baltic Sea as of the start of 2021.
The Port of Helsinki also wishes to do its part in facilitating the adoption of LNG. To this end, the Port prepared an LNG safety manual in collaboration with the consulting company SSPA and Finnish authorities last winter. The manual details the minimum requirements for shipping companies and LNG suppliers that wish to bunker LNG at the Port of Helsinki in a clear and practical manner.
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