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2 June 2016

Blue Corridor 2016 took part in Energy Dialogue in Rostock

NGV-vehicles participating in Blue Corridor 2016 Rally arrived to pivotal stage of the trip — to the Hanseatic city of Rostock, where one of the most important ports of the Baltic Sea is situated. Here on 2 June the crews of the rally took part in the Energy Dialogue dedicated to the perspectives of natural gas as a motor fuel. The round table, organized by Gazprom Germania, the subsidiary of Gazprom Export, jointly with International Business Congress and Maritime LNG Plattform, has been attended by 120 representatives of shipping companies and ports, shipbuilders and gas-motor equipment producers, as well as experts, politicians and journalists.

The event was mainly focused on the prospects of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for sea and river vessels in light of the toughening environmental rules, substantially restricting permissible limits of harmful emissions.

„Today we can say for sure that LNG domain also includes the shipping industry, in last two years this process has sensibly accelerated. In coming 10-15 years a fast-track development of LNG use as bunkering fuel is awaited, and there are good financial perspectives for that”, head of Marine Service GmbH Michael Kraaсk noted.

The Energy Dialogue participants noted that development of the infrastructure for LNG bunkering in ports will allow stimulating the process of switching to natural gas, thus contributing to substantial decrease of harmful emissions to the atmosphere. At that the port of Rostock — one of the biggest transport hubs in the Baltic Sea — could play an important role in promotion of LNG as a fuel for ships. Jens Aurel Scharner, head of Hafen-Entwicklungsgesellschaft Rostock mbH, underlined that capabilities for alternative fuels bunkering, such as natural gas, will raise attractiveness of the port of Rostock for shipping companies.

In addition, the participants of the round-table, with representatives of Audi, Iveco, GasCom, VNG among others, discussed the perspectives and advantages of natural gas use in road transportation — both in segments of passenger vehicles and of heavy-duty vehicles and buses.

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