LNG is for Everybody. Prospects for the Use of Liquid Methane for Service Vessels, Short-Range Ferries and Smaller Navies.
Global LNG development (natural liquified gas) and its use in industrial, civil and transportation sectors depends on the requirements of long-distance supply. There are currently three great regional gas markets: North America (lowest prices), Europe (medium prices) and Asia (highest prices). LNG market globalization – driven by both the lower price of natural gas compared to the cost of petroleum derivatives and by its low environmental impact – will soon involve small maritime transportation, such as fishing fleets, port handling, short-range ferries, tug boats and river boats.
Institutions responsible for port activities and coastal navigation will soon have to deal with the new market and technological reality, with its regulatory and security implications. Port Authorities will be the key players in planning the new logistics. Concurrently to a reform process, they will have to reconcile the different needs and identify areas for installation of LNG storage facilities and new service stations. The latter should also be available for ground vehicles, with resulting need for additional space and transport routes. The aim of the event promoted by ConferenzaGNL was to raise awareness not only among the principal public and private key national players but also to the entire national Navy identified in the Sea Federation, extending the invitation to participate to interested officials and employees of the member organizations.Sala Conferenze Autorità Portuale, Molo Vespucci