The Ukrainian crisis and LNG

An opportunity for Greek shipping & the necessity for LNG transportation, safety & dual-fuel propulsion systems training

Throughout the history of modern maritime, Greek shipowners have been renowned for being able to foresee trends in maritime development. The ongoing Ukrainian crisis is one recent case, quite indicative of this perspicacity.

We all witness that the on-going political and diplomatic turmoil regarding Ukraine is having a heavy impact on the European gas market, as it drives gas prices to alarmingly high levels, and puts the operation of the newly delivered NordStream 2 gas pipe in doubt.  As of 2022, Europe relies heavily on Russian gas to cover its energy needs. A possible Russian invasion in Ukraine could only worsen this picture, as further gas shortages will occur due to sanctions imposed to Russia.

This forces the EU and the European states to reconsider their dependency on Russian gas. LNG can help to secure natural gas supplies for Europe, and Greek shipping companies, after years of investments currently controlling the world’s most modern LNG tanker fleet, will be at the forefront of this gas supply re-scheduling effort.

This is the right time, therefore, to look closer into issues regarding maritime training for LNG transportation. Safe and profitable LNG in shipping can only mean that crews have a top-notch level of training regarding LNG properties, handling, loading/unloading, use and safety, and, obviously, dual-fuel second propulsion systems and future engine demands.

At QMS Maritime Center we prepare to meet the new challenges in maritime training. Foreseeing the coming demand, we design new online courses on LNG Transportation, LNG safety and Dual-Fuel Propulsion Systems. We work closely with professionals from the maritime industry in order to provide courses that will give crews all necessary aspects of knowledge to deal with LNG in their day-to-day marine operations.

Europe and its gas-supply chain need Greek shipowners and their LNG tanker fleet in order to ensure a seamless supply of gas, independent of political turbulence. Greek shipowners on the other hand need top-tier maritime training centers such as QMS Maritime Center, in order to deliver safely, thus successfully meeting the challenges and demands of the future in maritime industry.

Stefanos Krassas
Marketing & Business Development Director
Member of K.C.Lyrintzis Group of Companies

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