Development of alternative fuels is very dynamic. All over the world new solutions in sea transport, environment friendly, are sought after.
LNG will be gaining more and more popularity, also due to adoption of the so-called sulphur directive. The European Commission plans to eliminate emissions generated from sea transport entirely until 2050. For the Port of Gdynia ecology-related issues are very important, in compliance with the “green port” idea, which is an integral element of the Port’s development strategy.
Being an active promotor of LNG development in Polish ports, we watch closely novelties in this industry, taking part in meetings with experts. At the Polish LNG Conference organized by Polish LNG Platform we took part in a discussion panel called “The Path to Zero-Emission Transport’”, where we presented the current situation on the Polish market in view of development of alternative fuels, i.e. LNG and hydrogen. The panel was attended also by representatives of fuel companies in LNG industry for heavy road transport. All panel participants agreed unanimously that there is an urgent need to develop LNG distribution infrastructure in Poland, both on land and near water (in form of LNG bunkering). Additionally, during a presentation entitled “LNG Bunkering Challenges”, director Maciej Krzesiński talked about works in progress on implementing LNG to the Port of Gdynia, current bunkering operations and highlighted how the future may look like in terms of access to LNG for maritime industry in ports. Also, the need to have access to LNG bunkering at the Port of Gdynia was underlined, in order to maintain the port’s high competitiveness.
LNG bunkering is a standard service for ships handled at the Port of Gdynia. Environmental issues are so important to us that ships needing to get green fuel moor on preferential conditions at the Port of Gdynia. Implementation of this service was an answer to market needs, as technologies applied in the maritime transport change very quickly due to severe emission standards. LNG is one of the cleanest fuels available on the market, positioning the Port of Gdynia as a green port in the Trans-European Base Network TEN-T.
The Polish LNG Conference was organized under the auspices of the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation.