SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition accelerating the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, has welcomed Canadian LNG provider FortisBC to the growing coalition. The company will bring to SEA\LNG nearly 45 years’ experience in LNG production in Western Canada. It owns and operates two LNG facilities on the west coast; its Tilbury LNG facility began operations in 1971, while its Mount Hayes facility on Vancouver Island launched operations in 2011.
“We’re pleased to welcome FortisBC to the SEA\LNG coalition. Our North American member network grows as the appetite for LNG as marine fuel expands across the globe,” commented Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG. “FortisBC’s work with its customers and partners to overcome obstacles and drive innovation to facilitate LNG bunkering resonates with our commitment to collaboration as a coalition. We are pleased to grow our membership with like-minded organizations and look forward to working together to accelerate LNG as a marine fuel.”
“Our work in LNG is an important element within our campaign to reduce emissions from our customer base by 30% by the year 2030 – one of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the Canadian utility sector,” said Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations and market development at FortisBC. “We’re proud to be a member of SEA\LNG, continuing our close work with industry partners to help displace the use of heavier carbon fuels in marine applications and overseas through marine bunkering and small-scale exports.”
FortisBC has developed truck-to-ship bunkering solutions and technologies in collaboration with its customers to advance the use of LNG in the domestic marine sector. A separate company, WesPac Midstream LLC, is proposing a marine jetty on the Fraser River adjacent to the Tilbury LNG facility to facilitate ship-to-ship bunkering for domestic and trans Pacific vessels.
SEA\LNG has worked in partnership with its member organizations, independent consultancies, and academic experts to supply the shipping industry with a proven, fact-based analyses with which it can inform the important investment decisions it faces in complying with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Global 2020 Sulphur Limit, as well as looking forward towards reducing carbon emissions in line with the IMO’s 2030 and 2050 decarbonization targets.
Following conversation with industry experts SEA\LNG recently released an addendum to its Life Cycle GHG Emissions Study on the Use of LNG as Marine Fuel, commissioned in partnership with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) and conducted by independent consultancy thinkstep. The addendum reaffirms the study’s findings that LNG demonstrates carbon emissions reductions of up to 21% compared to current oil-based marine fuels across the entire life cycle from Well-to-Wake (WtW).