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EMSA AND RINA JOIN TO PROMOTE LNG USE IN EUROPEAN PORTS

EMSA AND RINA JOIN TO PROMOTE LNG USE IN EUROPEAN PORTS

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 

Italian classification society RINA has been contracted by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to help with a project to increase the availability of smaller-scale LNG in the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas.

The project is expected to last four yearss and is aimed at increasing availability in 22 countries - with potential to expand to more areas - for a variety of potential maritime users of LNG including ferries, cruise ships and tourist vessels.

RINA's senior director of energy engineering solutions Angelo Lo Nigro said: “The services we will be providing as part of the agreement with EMSA will help make LNG storage and bunkering available in port areas and will also bring consistency and guidance for economically developing nations that do not yet have strong experience with small scale LNG.”

The services provided will help port authorities determine which locations are feasible for the installation of small scale bunkering or depot facilities. RINA is providing a total of eight different services, from which each port authority can choose according to its goals. The activities include gap analysis of regulatory frame and evaluation of applicable standards, feasibility study, definition of risk acceptance criteria, site analysis, nautical analysis, hazard identification, quantitative risk assessment, and ship collision risk study.

“This contract will reduce the capacity gap between countries and ensure a coherent, effective, and uniform implementation of the international rules for maritime safety, security, and prevention of pollution from ships in the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas,” said Lo Nigro.

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