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Marine gas fuel logistics (MAGALOG)

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After efforts by land-based industries to reduce their emissions, shipping has in recent years come to be considered one of the EU’s main polluters. The MAGALOG project attempts to improve air quality in port towns and along the developing ‘highways of the sea’ by encouraging a switch to an alternative fuel: liquefied natural gas. Emphasis will be placed on shipping in the Baltic Sea, with a pioneer project in Lübeck, Germany. Partners from Norway, Germany and Poland are involved in studies, while the project itself will use input from public authorities at local and European level, as well as the shipping industry.

Results

  • Lübeck LNG terminal feasibility study now underway.
  • Potential terminals identified in Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm.
  • Potential use identified in short sea shipping, fisheries, coastguards, military.
  • Strong support from politicians and media in Germany.
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Lessons learned

  • Norway is a frontrunner in the field of running ships on LNG. Here two offshore supply vessels, one LNG carrier and one coastal ferry operate on LNG. In 2007, five more ferries, two more supply vessels and two coast guard vessels will be in operation. Future taxes and regulations seem to accelerate the change from fuel oil to liquefied natural gas. Ship owners, shipyards and engine makers have recognized LNG as a cleaner and possibly more economic fuel.
  • On this background the project MAGALOG has been launched. The Norwegian expertise and know-how will be transferred to other European countries.
  • Last updated: 28.06.2010
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GASNOR A/S
Norway
Contact point: 
Name: 
Aksel Skjervheim
Tel: 
49-38824-81013

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2008
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/06/016/2006

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