For a greener waterway transport
China launches research project on safe application of LNG-powered vessels
The Maritime Safety Administration and the National Energy Administration jointly organized and convened the kick-off meeting at Beijing International Convention Center, where a Project Scheme was approved, designating the leading taskforce members for it. The meeting was attended by 70 representatives from China Classification Society, Changjiang Maritime Safety Administration, Jiangsu Maritime Safety Administration, Wuhan University of Technology and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
The objectives of the project aim at the researches on LNG-powered vessels as well as relevant key technologies, implementation of the formulation for relevant standards on vessels and filling stations, and the solid foundation to develop such eco-friendly ships and the industrialized supply chain of fuels. Amongst others, CNPC will collaborate with enterprises on two subject researches: the pilot project of LNG-powered vessels and their supporting system as well as the planning of filling stations.
Chen Aiping, head of the leading taskforce and deputy director of China Maritime Administration, said the expansion of LNG-powered vessels is in line with the objective requirements of green and safe development of waterway transportation in China. “These vessels enjoy many advantageous areas, such as cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness. Some pilot vessels already sailed on the Yangtze River, Ganjiang River, and the Beijing - Hangzhou channel. But further researches are required before facilitating the standards regulating their operation,” he added.
Moreover, Li Xinhua, on behalf of CNPC, addressed that for the purposes of implementing and deploying energy conservation and emission reduction Kunlun Energy, as the effective vehicle to develop the LNG business for the parent company that is CNPC, already completed the successful replacement of diesel by LNG applied to urban transportation
, intercity transportation, heavy-duty trucks, drilling machines, and port-based gantry cranes.
Source: Kunlun Energy