SGMF sets up regional committee in Apac
London-based Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) on August 23 said it has set up its first regional committee in the Asia Pacific (Apac).
The new body's first task will be to prepare a publication on the pathway to green ammonia and a regional dashboard tracking trade patterns to measure the multi-faceted impact of conversion to gas as marine fuel, SGMF said. This dashboard will build on an existing East Coast Australia dashboard developed by DNV, released late 2020.
SGMF’s Apac membership comprises around 35 companies from segments including shipowners, ports and shipyards. Other committee members come from companies including BHP, Rio Tinto, China Classification Society, Korean Register, MPA, Petronas, Woodside Energy, ENN and Pilbara Port Authority.
“The newest members, BHP and Rio Tinto, bring world-leading expertise and scale in dry bulk. The companies are driving the uptake of LNG fuel in their sector, each recently signing long-term charters for multiple gas-fuelled ‘Newcastlemax’ vessels,” SGMF said.
“These APAC trades will help build the infrastructure and experience required for future growth in gas-fuelled shipping, as well as highlighting the critical role that APAC plays in the global development of gas as a marine fuel,” it added.