Japanese & Canadian ports partner to promote LNG as marine fuel
On March 5, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tomakomai Port Authority to promote the use of natural gas as a marine fuel and the provision of LNG bunkering services at the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai.
The supply of LNG fuel for ships transiting between both ports will reduce air emissions from shipping, protecting air quality in port communities, while also reducing contributions to global climate change.
The Port of Vancouver and the Port of Tomakomai will actively exchange information and expertise on LNG bunkering, including technical procedures and best practices, and where feasible, coordinate port requirements and guidelines for LNG bunkering to facilitate its use in both ports.
The development of LNG bunkering services in the ports Vancouver and Tomakomai will enable adoption of LNG as a marine fuel by ships engaged in trans-Pacific trade.