ECSA: EU watering down LNG network

Secretary General of the European shipowners, Patrick Verhoeven, says that the proposal for an LNG network in European ports has been watered down significantly with a postponed deadline.

With the sulphur regulations coming in 2015, shipowners operating in Northern Europe are in dire need of alternative fuel, but hopes for decisive action from the EU in terms of the much-discussed LNG network have been shattered, says Secretary General of the  European Community of Shipowners' Associations, Patrick Verhoeven.

According to the ECSA, member states - including the EU Commission and the EU Parliament - have, in the initial talks, agreed on a text that significantly waters down the Commission's original proposal related to an infrastructure for alternative fuel in Europe. Under the new agreement, member states must ensure that "a significant number" of major European ports have developed LNG infrastructure for maritime transport by 2025, says the ECSA.

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