The government of Thailand is planning to have liquefied natural gas (LNG) available as a bunker fuel at a future date due to IMO 2020, says deputy transport minister Pailin Chuchottaworn, as reported by the Bangkok Post.
“We would like to take the opportunity to develop the two seaports in Chon Buri and Rayong provinces to be in line with international practices, especially turning them into LNG stations to fuel vessels,” he said at a recent seminar IMO 70: Our Heritage — Better Shipping for a Better Future.
“LNG is the energy of the future with zero sulphur-dioxide emissions and a comparatively low price.”
Chuchottaworn added Thailand’s maritime transportation sector should take steps to prepare themselves for 2020.
“The future of challenges in the maritime transport industry will no longer be just about safety,” he notes.
“The sector will face new challenges on environmental fronts. Yet, vessels are still emitting high levels of sulphur dioxide. The industry must improve now as there is no way to renegotiate [with IMO standard].”
Nuttapol Nopparatwong, the Commercial Planning Manager of Thai Oil Public Company, meanwhile says the company is prepared to supply bunker fuel with lower sulphur content for vessels.
It will introduce bunker grades with a sulphur content of less than 0.5% by 2019.
Published: 1 October, 2018
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