The Port of Portsmouth and Lloyd’s Register are working together to establish the port as the UK’s first LNG bunkering facility and hub.
Lloyd’s Register is working with the port authority to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in Portsmouth International Port.
“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,” said Leonidas Karistios, global gas technology manager, Lloyd’s Register.
Brittany Ferries’ latest newbuild, scheduled for delivery in 2016, is to be gas-fuelled and will call at Portsmouth, where LNG bunkering will take place.
For this, Lloyd’s Register will provide detailed guidance to Portsmouth including requirements for technical specifications of bunkering equipment; helping to ensure that the right operational procedures are established; helping to ensure that port safety and emergency planning is provided for; and that personnel competence can be developed effectively and put in place.
“Particular attention is given to the effective planning and execution of the port’s main clients’ compatibility of operations and all technical aspects for bunker tanker and receiving ship’s facilities. We can help Portsmouth to get ready for real LNG bunkering operations, not only for ferry and short-sea shipping, but our global expertise and perspective can also help them to prepare for supporting LNG fuelled deep sea shipping requirements,” added Thanos Koliopulos, global special projects manager, Lloyd’s Register.
Lloyd’s Register’s experience in LNG includes risk leadership undertaken for bunkering operations at the Port of Stockholm to support the high-volume bunkering required for the Viking Grace project, which carries 2,800 passengers between Stockholm and Turku.