MOU signed to promote LNG as a marine fuel

March 13, 2020

On March 5, 2020, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tomakomai Port Authority to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel and the provision of LNG bunkering services at the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai.

The provision of LNG fuel for ships transiting between the ports of Vancouver and Tomakomai will reduce air emissions from shipping, protecting air quality in port communities, while also reducing contributions to global climate change. The Port of Vancouver and the Port of Tomakomai will actively exchange information and expertise on LNG bunkering, including technical procedures and best practices, and where feasible, coordinate port requirements and guidelines for LNG bunkering to facilitate use of LNG marine fuel in both ports.

The development of LNG bunkering services in the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai will enable adoption of LNG as a marine fuel by ships engaged in trans-Pacific trade.

Photo from left to right: Fazil Mihlar, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness; Duncan Wilson, Vice President Environment, Community and Government Affairs at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Hideo Sasaki, Executive Vice President Tomakomai Port Authority; Ms. Masayo Tada, Deputy Consul General of Japan