SEA-LNG, a coalition to further the use of liquified natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel in the shipping industry, has welcomed supplier Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases (CEIG) to its group. 

A supplier of equipment, technology and engineering services relating to the use of LNG in the marine sector, Nikkiso CEIG will now have access to networking opportunities through SEA-LNG to work on projects such as the company’s cryogenic pumps and process systems. 

CEO Peter Wagner said that his company looked forward to furthering its LNG work with SEA-LNG and wanted to encourage the shipping industry to “swiftly adopt” LNG as an alternative and low-carbon fuel: “The fuel also has the physical properties to facilitate a more efficient ship construction integration compared to alternative fuels. 

“This enables the maritime industry to lower emissions by a further 20% on the basis of clean energy and efficient ship designs.” 

Nikkiso CEIG, which is part of the wider Japan-based Nikkiso Co, has also worked on a variety of technology key to the future of LNG use, including heat exchanger systems, boil-off-gas management and integrated LNG fuel gas supply systems. 

Alongside Nikkiso CEIG, SEA-LNG’s membership features some of the maritime industry’s biggest players, including Wartsila, Shell LNG and NYK Line. 

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Another member of the group, TotalEnergies, recently showcased its leadership in the LNG world with the first LNG refuelling bunking operation in Marseille with MSC Cruises. 

SEA-LNG chairman Peter Keller described the need to work together on a “basket” of technology options to help the shipping industry to achieve decarbonisation targets: “Collaboration across the entire LNG value chain, with companies like Nikkiso, ensures that LNG will have a place as a key part of that basket. 

“As an important marine fuel, LNG can deliver on decarbonisation now with immediate greenhouse gas emissions reductions and that provides a low risk, incremental pathway for decarbonisation through bio-LNG and renewable synthetic e-LNG.”