Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, May 21, 2013

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Propulsion: Is LNG the Future?


By Jim Shaw 


move toward using liquid natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is continuing to gain momentum as new environmental regulations are enacted and bunkering facilities are expanded. According to a recent forecast by MEC Intelligence, a market insight firm that focuses on the maritime sector, nearly 10,000 vessels could be adopting LNG propulsion by 2020 compared to less than 100 today. Prior to MEC’s forecast, classification society Det Norske had predicted that LNG would become the dominant fuel source for all merchant ships within 40 years. The reason for such growth is strict emission regulations requiring the reduction of sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) to 0.1 percent in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) by 2015 and 0.5 percent globally by 2020. The key compliance options available for vessel operators are either adoption of new types of fuel, such as LNG or low sulphur marine gasoil, or by using “scrubber” technology on existing heavy fuel oil (HFO) burning powerplants. LNG, besides becoming cheaper as new sources are opened up through fracking, cuts carbon emissions by about 25 percent, SOx by almost 100 percent and NOx by 85 percent…. (Read Full Article)


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Longshoreman Killed When Truck Plunges Into Bay

by Mark Edward Nero

Operations were temporarily shut down at the Port of Oakland on May 17 after a truck being driven by a longshore worker was apparently knocked into the water by a piece of machinery…(Read Full Article)


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SSA Pacific Awarded New West Sacramento Master Lease

by Mark Edward Nero


The Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission, which operates the Port of West Sacramento, has negotiated a new master lease of its West Sacramento maritime facilities with terminal operator SSA Pacific…(Read Full Article)



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Port of Hueneme COO Application Deadline Nears

by Mark Edward Nero


May 22 is the deadline to apply for the open Chief Operating Officer position within the Oxnard Harbor District, which owns and operates Port of Hueneme….(Read Full Article)




Bellingham Port Seeking Waterfront Developers

by Mark Edward Nero


The Port of Bellingham is seeking developers for the first of multiple sites in its 237-acre Waterfront District that it expects to bring to market. On May 15, the port issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 10.8-acre portion of the District, with a deadline of mid-July…(Read Full Article)