Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping and ports

Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)


An IAME2019 Special Session on

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping and ports

Session organizers:

Prof. Giovanni Satta (University of Genoa – Department of Economics and Business Studies & CIELI, Italy)
Prof. Francesco Parola (University of Genoa – Department of Economics and Business Studies & CIELI, Italy)
Prof. Okan Duru (Nanyang Technological University – School of Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering, Singapore)
Prof. Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University – Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics CSGL, Germany)

As shipping and ports are classified among the main sectors responsible for CO2 emissions and other pollutants (e.g., SOx and NOx), academics, practitioners and policy makers consider imperative for this industries to investigate and introduce more environmentally friendly technologies and business practices. In this perspective, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel alternative to traditional solutions is recognized as a potential (at least intermediate) solution for increasing shipping and ports’ sustainability. In particular, LNG-propelled vessels are argued to contribute to fewer pollutants affecting ecosystems and port-cities involved in the maritime clusters and the provision of innovative funding schemes and programs supporting investments in LNG technologies among ship-owners and port operators has entered the agenda of various regulatory and political bodies both at international and European level.

In this perspective, the adoption and diffusion of LNG as an alternative marine fuel as well as the development of an efficient and effective LNG supply chain infrastructures for the bunkering in the maritime and port industry constitute valuable issues to be addressed and investigated by scholars and practitioners.

The present special section, co-organized by Giovanni Satta (University of Genoa, Italy), Francesco Parola (University of Genoa, Italy), Okan Duru (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University, Germany) and embedded in the IAME 2019 Conference having place in Athens (Greece) focuses on Liquefied Natural GAS (LNG) in shipping and ports. The special section, in particular, is expected to fairly contribute to the extant debate on LNG in the maritime industry by jointly considering economic, managerial, juridical, environmental and technical/engineering perspectives related to the phenomenon.

The organizers are looking for original and innovative contributions that both are grounded in theory or propose practical approaches to the study of the topic thus contributing to the debate providing innovative perspectives on the introduction and diffusion of LNG marine fuel considering positive and negative implications for the industry.

Interested contributors are kindly asked to submit an abstract in line with the regular submission schedule, as published on the IAME2019 conference website Both full papers and extended abstracts will be considered for the special section. During the uploading of the abstract, please, kindly mention that the abstract refers to the special session. You are invited to concisely follow the author guidelines of IAME2019. It would be greatly appreciated if you could inform the session organizers on the submitted abstract through e-mail to:;;;

It is the intention of the special session organizers to edit a special issue on the topic in a high-ranked journal after the IAME2019 conference. The authors of high-quality papers and extended abstracts will be invited to submit their full papers for the planned special issue.

Tentative topics

  • Liquefied Natural Gas as an alternative marine fuel
  • Market trends and globalization: implications for LNG in the marine industries
  • LNG for ships: trading patterns, hubs and pricing
  • LNG-propelled ships: design, engineering and marine operations
  • Challenges, innovation and technologies related to LNG-propelled ships
  • Impacts on sustainability and environmental issues
  • LNG technologies and green products in the cruise sector
  • LNG bunkering in ports: the state of the art
  • Institutional, normative and juridical issues
  • Demand for LNG facilities in ports
  • Sizing and dimensioning LNG bunkering and storage facilities in port areas
  • LNG facilities in ports: design, engineering and operations
  • Bunkering technologies, procedures and operational solutions
  • Safety and Securities issues in LNG bunkering and stocking port areas
  • Floating Gasification Terminal
  • Economic and financial issues related LNG for shipping companies and port operators
  • Funding and financing LNG-propelled vessels: new buildings and refitting polities
  • Funding and financing efficient and effective LNG supply chain infrastructures for the bunkering in ports
  • Public-private partnerships and governance settings for favoring LNG introduction and development in the maritime industry
  • Sketching the future regulatory and political agenda
  • Best practices for bunkering and stocking in LNG in port domain

Keywords: LNG marine fuel; LNG bunkering; sustainability; innovation & technologies in LNG; LNG economics and financial issues.