Three New Members Join SEALNG

Three new members, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Novatek Gas & Power, and Sumitomo Corporation, have joined the multi-sector industry coalition SEALNG committed to accelerating adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.

The three companies join a growing list of global members working towards breaking down the commercial barriers to the adoption of LNG as a clean and economically viable alternative to traditional bunker fuels.

“Each of the global organisations brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to SEALNG as we work to realise our goal of making LNG an important maritime fuel,” Peter Keller, SEALNG chairman and executive vice president, Tote, said.

“Our aim since inception was to form a coalition that unites key players from across the entire LNG value chain, and the addition of our three new members further strengthens our organisation,” Keller added.

“As the IMO’s global sulphur cap approaches in 2020, we continue to continuously advocate for cleaner energy, including the promotion of LNG as a marine fuel. We look forward to leveraging our company’s position to work with our fellow members towards promoting sustainable LNG bunkering operations,” Kenichiro Yamaguchi, General Manager of Gas Business Development Division at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., said.

This announcement continues the steady stream of new members to join SEALNG, following the recent addition of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), Marubeni Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, JAX LNG, and Petronet LNG.

Earlier in March, SEALNG, which currently has 28 members, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Society for Gas as Marine Fuel (SGMF), creating a framework for how the two complementary organisations will work together to achieve their common goal of making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry.