The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tomakomai Port Authority have signed an MoU to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel and the provision of LNG bunkering services.
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, Port of Vancouver said in its statement.
Under the memorandum of understanding, the two ports aim to exchange information and expertise on LNG bunkering, including technical procedures and best practices.
Additionally, and where feasible, the two ports will 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 the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel by ships engaged in trans-Pacific trade.