Ship classification society DNV GL has unveiled its new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi) for assessing the availability of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector.

The intelligence portal will enable LNG industry stakeholders to share market intelligence. It has seen participation from LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including Shell, Rolls-Royce, and MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The portal will allow its subscribers to identify the availability of LNG fuel across specific trade routes and projects.

It also provides information about current market developments, as well as updates on other alternative fuels and technologies for curbing emissions.

MAN Diesel & Turbo head of marine installation department Ole Skeltved said: "Such a comprehensive overview would be difficult for any single company to obtain on its own.

"LNGi offers shared business intelligence on a much broader scale than previously available and helps give ship owners, who are new to the LNG industry, the confidence they need to move forward with their business plans in this field."

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The portal features an interactive map that provides details about various port and infrastructure projects, as well as LNG bunkering opportunities worldwide.

It also highlights existing and planned infrastructure projects, such as truck loading facilities, tank-to-ship bunkering options and LNG bunker vessels.

LNGi will be supported by the Society of Gas as Marine Fuel (SGMF), which will review the data released in the portal and supply information about LNG bunkering projects.

"" "LNGi helps give ship owners, who are new to the LNG industry, the confidence they need to move forward with their business plans in this field."."""

SGMF general manager Mark Bell said: "It is important that we all refer to a trusted data set as the industry develops. LNGi offers just that.

"Benchmark information is critical in a complex and sometimes confusing market and this data set will play an important role, accelerating developments in this field."

The LNGi portal could provide segment-specific studies, enhanced automatic identification system (AIS) features, and the option for shipowners to access LNG suppliers for bunkering in certain locations.

This week, DNV GL released a new reporting programme to help identify and develop high-impact risk control measures in the field of fleet management.

Image: Gerd Michael Wursig, DNV GL’s business director of LNG fuelled ships. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.