Mexico-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) solution provider ÉNESTAS has joined the Sea\LNG coalition to promote the widespread use of LNG as a marine fuel.

As a member of SEA\LNG, ÉNESTAS is expected to use its LNG distribution network to support the coalition to achieve its goal of creating a global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020.

SEA\LNG is a cross-industry alliance that includes shipping companies, classification societies, ports, major LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Launched in July 2016, the coalition currently includes 34 members.

SEA\LNG chairman Peter Keller said: “SEA\LNG continues to unite organisations from across the LNG value chain to address market barriers to LNG uptake, and to help transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel into a global reality.

“With several ports under development in North America, including in the Gulf of Mexico, we look forward to leveraging ÉNESTAS’ vast network and capabilities within the region to support the continued growth and investment in LNG bunkering infrastructure.”

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“We look forward to leveraging ÉNESTAS’ vast network and capabilities within the region to support the continued growth.”

SEA\LNG also supports collaboration between commercial and technical expertise to address market barriers to LNG uptake.

ÉNESTAS CEO Caio Zapata M said: “We expect LNG to become the dominant fuel for transportation by road, rail, and sea.

“LNG is currently the safest, cleanest, and economically viable marine fuel on the market, and will continue to substitute diesel as the fuel of choice.”

Compared to the traditional marine fuels, LNG can reduce emissions to improve air quality and human health.

LNG releases zero sulphur oxides (SOx), virtually zero particulate matter (PM), and compared to the available heavy marine fuel oils, LNG can emit 90% less nitrogen oxides (NOx).

LNG is also expected to help operators meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) decarbonisation goal of a 40% reduction by 2030 for the global shipping.