Gazprom Neft takes the lead in introducing international LNG bunkering standards in Russia

Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business, has taken the lead in introducing ISO 20519:2017 standard “Ships and marine technology — Specification for bunkering of liquefied natural gas fuelled vessels” (a document registered with the Federal Information Standards Fund) in Russian shipping.

This regulation is based on the 2017 international standard for vessels operating on LNG, and establishes the main requirements for bunkering and bunkered vessels using LNG for fuel, governing, specifically, the technological processes and procedures involved in LNG bunkering, outlining design specifications for fuel delivery systems, and determining recommendations on personnel training, accounting and documentation.

Andrei Vasiliev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented: “LNG has considerable potential as a marine fuel thanks to its ecological characteristics and the cost-effectiveness of using it. Every year the proportion of commercial vessels operating on natural-gas-based fuels is going to increase, which will require the active development of infrastructure for LNG bunkering. Introducing this new standard in Russia definitely marks the starting point in developing a new bunkering sector in our country, using environmentally friendly natural-gas-based fuel.”

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New MARPOL standards on the sulphur content of marine fuels are expected to be introduced in 2020, setting a limit of 0.05 percent throughout the world’s oceans. Liquid natural gas (LNG) meeting MARPOL requirements in terms of low-sulphur content and low concentrations of nitrogen compounds is expected to play key role in the bunkering market in the medium to long term. As part of realising the full potential of its bunkering business Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is developing a project unique to the industry, aiming to build Russia’s first LNG-bunkering barge, as well as taking part in the development of a legal and regulatory framework for the fulfilment of LNG bunkering at Russian ports.