Thursday 13th Dec, 2018

LNG coalition boosts Japanese ties

K” LINE Group and Uyeno Group of Companies have been announced as the latest entities to join SEA\LNG, a coalition aimed at accelerating the adoption of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.

“K” LINE and Uyeno Group are expected to bring insight from the LNG value chain in Japan and elsewhere.

SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president Peter Keller said collaboration, demonstration and communication on areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case for LNG were essential.

“Our members in Japan are doing important work, both in the region and across the world, which contributes significantly to helping us achieve our mission,” Mr Keller said.

SEA\LNG says it sees Japan as growing in importance for LNG-fuelled shipping and bunkering.

The “K” LINE Group is a logistics business which owns and operates fleets tailored to worldwide marine transportation.

“K” Line general manager of liquefied gas Satoshi Kanamori said they expected long-term global demand for LNG to grow as a clean energy resource.

“In addition to conventional LNG transport operation, our new division will also spearhead efforts to enter new business fields, such as floating storage and regasification units which can cope with the needs of emerging economies that require shorter lead times,” Mr Kanamori said.

“Working with SEA\LNG, we hope to collaborate with organisations from across the LNG value chain to improve bunkering infrastructure and stimulate demand for LNG across the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond.”

Uyeno Group is a group of organisations which provides specialised logistics solutions for the storage and transportation of petroleum and petro-chemical products.

Uyeno Group executive managing director, Kazutoshi Takao, said the business was diversifying into clean energy.

“We have a sound reputation in the safe and efficient storage and transportation of gas and petrochemical products; we look forward to engaging with Japan’s growing LNG market and leveraging our decades of experience to further SEA\LNG’s global mission,” Mr Takao said.

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