Portsmouth port to have country’s first gas facility

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PORTSMOUTH International Port will have the country’s first liquified natural gas refilling facility and hub, it has been announced.

Managers at Portsmouth International Port have announced a joint project with Lloyd’s Register to develop operational procedures for safe liquified natural gas (LNG) refilling, known as ‘bunkering’ in the industry, at the port.

Lloyd’s Register is the market leader in the development of safe marine practice and has helped deliver LNG projects all around the world.

It has also taken the responsibility for risk management relating to the safe supplying of the fuel to ships at a number of leading ports, including Singapore.

Kalvin Baugh, deputy ferry port manager, said: ‘With changes in the regulations governing emissions it is clear that in the future more shipping will be fuelled by LNG.

‘To help safeguard the port and meet the needs of our customers, Portsmouth International Port needs to be able to offer this facility.

‘Safety is, of course, the main priority and we are delighted that Lloyd’s Register has agreed to help us identify the technical specifications and operating procedures that will help to deliver this.’

Leonidas Karistios, global gas technology manager for Lloyd’s Register, said: ‘Obviously with growing demand for LNG, ports are looking to understand how they can develop the capability to deliver LNG bunkering services safely.

‘It has to be safety first and Portsmouth is looking to ensure that they have the right, safe approach to support operational and commercial ambitions.

‘With a city adjacent to the port, significant ferry traffic and a large naval presence, there are substantial and varied stakeholder aspects to be addressed.’

Brittany Ferries’ latest new build, scheduled for delivery in 2016, will be LNG fuelled and will call at Portsmouth.