Vancouver 1st North American Port to Join SEALNG Coalition

British Columbia’s Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has become a member of SEALNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

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The port authority is the federal agency of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and the fourth port member to join the coalition.

Apart from the Port of Vancouver, the Port of Rotterdam, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are also members of SEALNG.

“We are pleased to welcome the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to our growing coalition and look forward to leveraging their expertise to realise our vision of developing LNG infrastructure in ports around the globe to enable quick, safe, and cost-effective bunkering,” Peter Keller, SEALNG chairman, commented.

As explained, SEALNG’s vision of a global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020 has clear synergies with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and British Columbia’s efforts to drive further use of natural gas in the Canadian region.

The port authority is working closely with the regional gas supplier, Fortis BC, and with industry, academia and government to advance LNG bunkering in the Port of Vancouver.

“As part of our vision to be the world’s most sustainable port, we engage in a number of emissions management initiatives that help support a healthy environment. This partnership with SEALNG represents an opportunity for us to be part of a multi-sector group that is reducing marine shipping emissions and improving air quality,” Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Environment, Community and Government Affairs of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, said.