Cryostar and KC LNG are set to commission the LNG facility in the first quarter of 2020. Project promotors of the facility include Fluxys, G&V, Titan LNG and Rolande.

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The facility will allow Fluxys, G&V, Titan LNG and Rolande to substantially widen the LNG fueling options at quay 526/528 in the port of Antwerp, where currently truck-to-ship bunkering is offered.

It is said that LNG-powered inland waterway ships will be able to dock at quay 526/528 for bunkering from a fixed storage unit while LNG powered trucks will be able to refuel at the facility as well.

Furthermore, in mid-2020, the FlexFueler002 LNG bunkering barge is expected to become operational in the greater Antwerp port area enabling safe and efficient Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering on a larger scale.

Frej Olsen, Head of Group, LNG MAKEEN Energy stated that

We think that this project is yet another testament to the rapid development of the LNG market. Easily accessible and affordable LNG is in high demand, and we want to be at the forefront with more solutions that accommodate this demand.

Results of a SEA\LNG alternative fuels study, have previously found that finding that LNG is the most mature, scalable, and commercially viable alternative fuel currently available for the maritime industry. The study was conducted by DNV GL.

The study concluded that while there are several lower or zero carbon alternative fuels that could assist in complying with IMO 2030 and 2050 GHG reduction targets, many of these alternatives require significant development to meet the industry’s needs.

In late December, Titan LNG supplier in collaboration with Port of Brest, CCIMBO and DEME joined their efforts and successfully completed the first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Brest to the hopper dredger Scheldt River.

As the collaborators further announced, through this operation, bunkering makes a major step forward. Also, with Port of Brest's strategic location, LNG bunkering activities will continue to develop in the future.