Next month SUNY Maritime College will host a conference, LNG: Not just a cargo. The conference will include presentations and panel discussions about LNG bunkering.
“For years, shipping companies have focused on transporting LNG,” said Eric Johansson, professor of Marine Transportation, and vice-chair of the professional education and training department. “While the need for LNG bunker vessels is growing, we also need to consider it as a maritime fuel. This conference will bring industry leaders together for a large and important conversation.”
Demand for liquified natural gas is growing; by 2020, LNG is expected to account for 10 percent of the world’s crude production.
As demand for natural gas grows, so does the need for LNG carriers. Many shipping companies in recent years have placed orders for LNG ships, and shipyards are busy building them. The maritime industry is also beginning to explore ships powered by natural gas, rather than more traditional sources.
LNG is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and emissions regulations are increasingly being adopted and stricter standards are being enforced.
The conference will feature speakers from the American Bureau of Shipping, DNV-GL, General Dynamics, Tote Maritime, Shell and Northstar Midstream.
The conference begins at 9 a.m. on November 2nd. It will be held in the Maritime Academic Center on campus. Admission is free but registration is required. To register, email [email protected]