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Port Canaveral hosts FMC commissioner for LNG briefing

FMC Commissioner William Doyle gives an update on international environmental regulatory activity and the role of LNG FMC Commissioner William Doyle gives an update on international environmental regulatory activity and the role of LNG (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Florida's Port Canaveral hosted a briefing led by Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle regarding the use of liquefied natural gas as a maritime transportation fuel.

The consideration of LNG for use as a primary fuel for ship propulsion is quickly gaining momentum as a way to meet tougher global emissions standards scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

'We know that natural gas is one of the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly fuels available today,' Port Canaveral ceo Capt. John Murray said. 'We wanted better understanding of LNG as a maritime fuel, as well as best practices globally to support vessels powered with natural gas.'

The FMC's Doyle provided a briefing on the most recent regulatory activity and the International Maritime Organization's 10-year effort to develop the international standards to curb pollutants emitted by marine engines. Attendees at the discussion included Port Canaveral leadership, staff, port partners and tenants, representatives of the US Coast Guard, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Canaveral Fire Rescue and Canaveral Pilots Association.

Doyle has spoken extensively in support of LNG as a marine fuel, especially with regard to meeting international environmental standards. He's been a vocal proponent of the development of US natural gas resources as a means of improving US energy security while spurring economic development and job creation around the country.

Port Canaveral is one of the world's leading cruise ports and at least three brands that regularly operate there, Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International, are among those building LNG-powered ships. None of these lines has disclosed where their LNG vessels will operate.

All told, 14 newbuilds powered by LNG are firmly contracted. They include three for Disney, two each for Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Carnival, and one for P&O Cruises.

Posted 10 August 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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