The Future of Marine Fuels Conference – Noted author of USDOT publication on LNG for marine transport to participate as speaker

  • by BPC Staff
  • on October 1, 2014

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The Future of Marine Fuels Conference

Presented by The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Cargo Business News

Description: Description: J. Corbett, Ph.D, will be a featured speaker at “The Future of Marine Fuels: ECA & LNG” Conference scheduled for December 4, 2014 in San Pedro. Dr. Corbett is a Professor in the College of Earth Ocean and Environment with joint appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He is a principal partner in Energy and Environmental Research Associates, L.L.C. (EERA), engaged in energy, environmental, and economic analysis for clients internationally. Dr. Corbett was a lead author of several seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in reducing pollution impacts, addressing climate change goals, and protecting marine ecosystems, including reports for the International Maritime Organization, U.S. EPA, and State of California., Dr. Corbett coauthored a recent publication for the US Department of Transportation entitled : “Natural Gas for Waterborne Freigh Transport: A Life Cycle Emissions Assessment with Case Studies.” He was also a coauthor for the 2000 IMO Study on Greenhouse Gases from Ships, the Second IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2009, and the IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014.

The Future of Marine Fuels Conference is co-sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Southern California Gas Company, Cargo Business News and The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Information and registration materials regarding the conference can be found at:


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The busiest maritime shipping hub in the Americas – San Pedro Harbor.

December 4, 2014, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California

The Future of Marine Fuels Conference is hosted, and presented by The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Cargo Business News.

To gather, and share information regarding compliance with the new rules that govern the use of low-sulfur vessel fuels scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015, plus the opportunities and obstacles for the use of LNG as an ocean-going vessel fuel.

The 2015 U.S. Emission Control Areas (ECA) Fuel Requirements
The North American Emission Control Area (ECA), adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requires large ships to reduce emissions when operating within a zone extending 200 miles from the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The initial sulfur limits on ocean-going vessel fuels in the ECA were implemented in 2012, with the next phase going into force on January 1, 2015, that will require a further 90 percent reduction in the sulfur content of marine fuels from the 2012 requirements.  In addition to the requirements of the international treaty, the conference will explore questions of availability and cost of complying with these new requirements.

LNG’s Potential as a Marine Fuel
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being considered as a possible alternative to heavy fuel oils on ocean-going vessels.  There are already a number of lines ocean carriers that are considering or have ordered LNG powered vessels expected to go into service on the west coast of the U.S.  The conference will focus on the opportunities, logistics, and obstacles for the use of LNG as a vessel fuel, including potential regulatory oversight.

Primary conference demographic:
Maritime industry leaders, Port Authorities, fuel providers, engine manufactures, and government officials



Contact Us
Future of Marine Fuels Conference Staff Contact Information
For all general conference information:
Christie Daigle
206-324-5644 ext. 222
and / or
Laura Williams
For event content and speaking opportunities:
TL Garrett

For sponsorship information:
Peter Hurme
206-324-5644 ext. 233

For additional information including agenda and sponsorship opportunites,
visit our website at


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