SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition pushing the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel, has welcomed Mexico-based ÉNESTAS to its membership coalition.
With the addition of ÉNESTAS, the SEA\LNG coalition hopes to bolster its efforts to drive forward LNG as a marine fuel.
As the largest private LNG company in Mexico and with the largest LNG distribution network, ÉNESTAS is to leverage its wealth and breadth of expertise in relation to LNG – garnered from both road and ship transportation.
SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, TOTE Inc, Peter Keller, said SEA\LNG was uniting organisations from across the LNG value chain to address market barriers.
“With several ports under development in North America, including in the Gulf of Mexico, we look forward to leveraging ÉNESTAS’ vast network and capabilities within the region to support the continued growth and investment in LNG bunkering infrastructure,” Mr Keller said.
Since launching in July 2016, SEA\LNG’s membership has from 13 to 34 members, showing the industry’s attention to LNG as a long-term bridging solution to a zero-emissions shipping industry.
Caio Zapata M, chief executive officer, ÉNESTAS, said he expected LNG would become the dominant fuel for transportation by road, rail, and sea.
“LNG is currently the most safe, clean, and economically viable marine fuel on the market and will continue to substitute diesel as the fuel of choice,” he said.
“We’re excited to be part of SEA\LNG and to work with our fellow members to promote knowledge and understanding of the full benefits that LNG has to offer.”
LNG proponents say it exceeds conventional marine fuels in terms of dramatically reducing local emissions to improve air quality and human health.