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Ports & shipowners: gas development deal in Italy

Roma - The European DAFI directive on the development of the alternative fuels market identifies liquefied natural gas among fuels the use of which can reduce polluting emissions in the transport sector, and in this context maritime transport is a reference market for the use of this fuel for ship propulsion.

Roma - An agreement on the use of liquefied natural gas in port areas was approved by Italy’s shipowners’ associations (Confitarma e AssArmatori) and the associations of the gas sector (Federchimica-Assogasliquidi and Assocostieri) - under the coordination of Assoporti – and has been signed by all parties including the Minister for Infrastructure, Graziano Delrio.

The European DAFI directive on the development of the alternative fuels market identifies liquefied natural gas among fuels the use of which can reduce polluting emissions in the transport sector, and in this context maritime transport is a reference market for the use of this fuel for ship propulsion. The associations that have signed the agreement will use all available resources to study the strategic, legal-administrative, guidance, staff training and operational aspects of the use of LNG in the ports, with the creation of specific working groups. Assoporti will provide technical support and will be responsible for conveying the conclusions and proposals that will emerge from the working groups’ efforts, both to the Logistics and Transport Partnership as well as to the National Conference for the Coordination of Port Authorities: “This agreement,” explained Delrio, “represents an important cooperation for making ports a driver for economic development and sustainable innovation.” “LNG,” said Francesco Franchi, president of Assogasliquidi, “is an energy source, ready and tested, which thanks to its ecological properties can help our country reduce air pollution.”

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