Yesterday, the BC Government announced a LNG initiative with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to establish the first ship-to-ship LNG marine refuelling — or bunkering — service on the west coast of North America. The use of LNG to power the world’s ocean-going vessels is forecast to expand and BC is well positioned to benefit from this growth.
“We need LNG infrastructure in BC to drive our provincial economy locally and globally,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased that the BC Government is focusing on industry growth.”
The use of LNG fuel, as opposed to diesel fuel, is already implemented in five BC Ferries vessels, and many private sector vessels are being built to use LNG. Many other countries across the world are building LNG marine refuelling services.
“This is an opportunity to join the global network of ports that deliver clean-burning LNG direct to the ships of the future.”
BC is in a position of strength to ensure that our economy uses the product we can produce and ship it to other countries. This creates local jobs.