The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tomakomai Port Authority joined forces to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel and provide LNG bunkering services at the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai.
Specifically, the two partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on March 5, 2020, to support the use of LNG in both ports.
The provision of LNG fuel for vessels transiting through the ports of Vancouver and Tomakomai will reduce air emissions from shipping, protecting air quality in port communities, while also reducing contributions to global climate change.
Moreover, through the partnership, both ports will exchange knowledge and information on LNG bunkering, including technical procedures and best practices, and where feasible, coordinate port requirements and guidelines for LNG bunkering to facilitate use of LNG marine fuel in both ports.
The development of LNG bunkering services in the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tomakomai will enable adoption of LNG as a marine fuel by ships engaged in trans-Pacific trade.
The port of Vancouver announced the decision of LNG establishment, when they collaborated with FortisBC to create the first ship-to-ship LNG marine bunkering service on the west coast of North America, in October 2019.