Qatar’s Nakilat in decarbonization pact with ABS

Qatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has joined forces with classification society ABS to develop its decarbonization strategy.

Over the past months, Nakilat’s project team has worked closely with ABS sustainability specialists to map out decarbonization pathways for the company’s fleet of 69 LNG carriers but also four very large LPG gas carriers, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The project will ultimately see Nakilat’s vessels receive the ABS Sustain notation, which demonstrates alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and establishes a pathway for sustainability certification and reporting,” the Doha-based LNG shipper said.

ABS introduced the Sustain notations in its guide for sustainability notations to help marine and offshore operators meet the ESG requirements outlined in the SDGs.

Moreover, the guide focuses on sustainability aspects of vessel design, outfitting and layout that operators can control, measure, and assess.

These include pollution and waste, coastal and marine ecosystems, energy efficiency and performance monitoring, low-carbon fuels, human-centered design but also asset recycling, according to the statement.

Chief executive Abdullah Al Sulaiti said Nakilat would focus on sustainable development of its fleet beyond 2030, which contributes towards the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the company’s own vision.

“We recognize the important role we play in reducing our carbon footprint,” Al Sulaiti said.

“In addition to this partnership with ABS, we are also leading a working group with our joint venture partners to ensure our global fleet operations meet with IMO’s decarbonization targets,” he said.

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