The Port of Long Beach has joined SEA-LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.

The US’ second busiest container port is the third North American port to join the coalition and brings SEA-LNG’s count of port members to a total of seven among the top twenty global ports.

Peter Keller, Chairman of SEA-LNG, said, “The Port of Long Beach’s leadership team is highly respected in the industry for its progressive approach to serving its stakeholders, and I am delighted that we will be working closely with them to promote LNG as a marine fuel.”

“LNG continues to be the best option to improve living standards while minimising impacts on the environment.”

“Ports are critical links in the bunker supply chain, and we are excited that the Port of Long Beach has joined the coalition to drive forward our vision of a competitive global LNG value chain for a cleaner maritime shipping towards 2050.” 

The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest seaport for container traffic in the US, handling trade valued at more than $200bn annually.

Its Green Ship Incentive Programme — established as part of the Clean Air Action Plan in collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles — offers financial incentives for ships with the newest engines or an equivalent NOx-reducing technology.

“We are known in the trans-Pacific trade for our top-notch customer service and being responsive to the needs of our business partners,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

“Allying with groups like SEA-LNG is part of being ready for the market’s growing demand for LNG fuel. It also meshes with our strategic goals to strengthen competitiveness while improving environmental sustainability.”