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2019 October 24 11:49

Russia develops rules and standards for using LNG as marine fuel - Yury Kostin

Russia is developing rules and standards for using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, Yury Kostin, Director of Department of State Policy for Marine and River Transport, said at the 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference held by PortNews Media Group (22 October 2019, Moscow). According to him, RS rules for classification and construction of ships set technical requirements for ships using natural or petroleum gas as a fuel.

Amendments have been introduced into the rules of Russian River Register and RRR rules for classification and construction of ships, rules for technical supervision during construction of ships and manufacture of materials and products for ships using natural or petroleum gas as a fuel.

Besides, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has initiated the drafting of standard “Ships and marine technologies. Requirements for bunkering of vessels using liquefied natural gas as a fuel”. This standard describes requirements set for bunkering ships and ships being bunkered, regulates technological processes and procedures of bunkering, describes design requirements for fuel supply systems, outlines recommendations on personnel training, reporting and paperwork.

“Transition of the shipping industry to a large-scale use of LNG is among the easiest and cheapest solutions to meet the bunker fuel challenge of 2020”, said Yury Kostin.

The conference was organized by Russia’s leading media group PortNews with the assistance of RF Ministry of Industry and Trade and Russian Chamber of Shipping. PAO Gazprom was the General Partner of the conference.

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