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Tuesday, August 24, 2021 

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has set up its first regional committee to facilitate cooperation and information sharing as uptake of LNG ship fuel surges in the Asia Pacific.

The new body has held its first meeting which set an ambitious work agenda. Its first tasks 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. This dashboard will build on an existing East Coast Australia dashboard developed by DNV, released late 2020.

Capt Walter Purio of P&H Marine has been named as the first chairperson of the committee, with vice chairs from three sub-regions: Tony Brooks of BE&R Consulting (Australasia); Chetan Sood of Eastern Pacific Shipping (Southeast Asia) and Jose Navarro of Lloyd’s Register (North Asia).

GM SGMF, Mark Bell (pictured), said: “The APAC Committee represents a vital step for SGMF into regional representation and we look forward to robust strategic discussion to supplement the ongoing output from our Technical and Environmental Committees.”

The committee draws on a range of perspectives across SGMF’s APAC membership, which 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. 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.

Banu Kannu, Membership and Engagement Manager – APAC, SGMF, said: “The region has much to offer the global gas as marine fuel community and we are looking forward to facilitating critical conversations and producing relevant output through the work groups formed in the APAC Committee.”

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