Poseidon Med II, a roadmap to bring about the wide adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel for shipping, showcased several developments at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus on 18 October 2018.
The European Union co-financed initiative involves three countries Greece, Italy and Cyprus, six European ports (Piraeus, Patras, Lemesos, Venice, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa) as well as the Revithoussa LNG terminal.
The event was officially opened by Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris, Director of Energy Studies at the School of Business in University of Nicosia. Dr. Tsakiris, in his introductory speech as Moderator of the first session, stated marine transportation could in fact move to a much cleaner fuel such as LNG.
Maria Fotiadou, Corporate Development Activities Division Head at DEPA S.A (Public Gas Corporation of Greece A.E.), welcomed the audience and outlined the PMII Project contribution for a cleaner environment while emphasising on the role of LNG as marine fuel for the transition to a new era with minimum environmental impact while at the same time facilitating the shipping industry’s compliance to the new emissions’ regulations.
Stefanos Chonianakis, Associate in Corporate Development Activities Division of DEPA S.A, delivered the first presentation on what represents a holistic LNG supply chain and how this will be brought to life in the area of Eastern Mediterranean through the project’s activities.
Joseph Florentin, PMII Project Manager & Business Development Department Manager of DESFA (Technical Coordinator of PMII), presented a small scale LNG infrastructure proposal at Revithoussa LNG Terminal and the conditions required for an efficient LNG bunkering scheme.
First session was concluded with the presentation of Antonis Boutatis, Managing Director at consulting engineering firm Rogan Associates S.A. who talked about the value of investing in LNG infrastructure and the work in progress in the participating ports of the project.
The second session was opened and moderated by Dr. Constantinos Hadjistassou, School of Engineering, UNIC who gave the audience an overview of the LNG market developments.
It was started by Ioannis Bakas, Technical Manager of LNG engineering firm HELENGI where specific emphasis was given to Clean and Green Shipping and innovative designs of vessels and barges. Bakas made conveyed two clear messages; that LNG bunker vessels designs are mature enough to materialise and that the retrofit of LNG designs of existing tonnage are already available and ready to be implemented.
The second session was concluded by Anastasia Kouvertari, Project Manager for the EU co-funded project CYnergy on behalf of Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A. where she presented the Regulations for LNG Bunkering in Greece and specifically what is the regulatory status quo, as provided by the Presidential Decree for LNG Bunkering in Greece. A reference was made in issues such as safety zones, fire-fighting, training & competence and port and vessel manuals dealing with LNG Bunkering.
The event came to an end with a Q&A session, which triggered a vivid discussion, especially on the commercial aspects of the LNG, its pricing and also issues relating to the training of personnel involved in the LNG bunkering supply chain and the active involvement of Ministries and competent Authorities especially at the implementation progress regarding the regulatory aspects of the Project.
Downloads of the presentations by Stefanos Chonianakis, Joseph Florentin, Antonis Boutatis, Dr. Constantinos Hadjistassou, Ioannis Bakas, and Anastasia Kouvertari are available here.
Photo credit: Poseidon Med II
Published: 30 October, 2018
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