February 2020 was a record month for wind energy in the Belgian North Sea, with 804 GWh production. This corresponds to the annual consumption of 230,000 households. This record of offshore wind power production is attributed to a higher installed capacity and record wind conditions last month.
Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator, Elia, focused on the country’s energy concerning 2019, highlighting that the major developments over the past year were a steady increase in, mostly the offshore sector, renewable power generation, better availability of nuclear generating facilities and an increase in electricity exports.
The Zeebrugge LNG terminal, operated by Belgium-based gas operator Fluxys, loaded the vessel ‘Yenisei River’ with LNG from the newly commissioned LNG storage tank in late December, marking the start of the long-term contract for transshipments concluded in 2015 with Yamal Trade.
Seven major companies of the energy and maritime sector, signed an agreement in order to develop new projects that can offer to the the production, transport and storage of hydrogen. Through the agreement, companies assist in Belgium’s climate target to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% until 2050.
LIQAL, LNG fuelling technology company is collaborating with Drive Systems for the construction of a turnkey fuelling station for LNG and LCNG in Londerzeel, Belgium, supporting the urgency of decarbonization in the shipping industry.
Affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and the Belgian independent natural gas transport company Fluxys Belgium signed a long-term agreement for LNG unloading services at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal. The transaction comes after a competitive evaluation process as well as the approval of the Belgian regulators.
MV Lita, the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier, was detained for nine days due to the fact that Belgian Authorities that inspected the vessel discovered dozens of safety breaches and deficiencies against the crews’ working conditions.
As Belgium wants to simplify the import and export of goods, it introduced the BE-GATE customs platform on 6 June. The portal, which was designed for the growth market of e-commerce, aims to increase the efficiency of customs clearance in the cross-border flow of goods.
An autonomous boat has successfully conducted a cargo run from the UK to Belgium. The 12m-long SEA-KIT Maxlimer sailed from West Mersea to Oostende on May 6, carrying a box of oysters. In order to navigate safely in one of the busiest shipping lanes, it relied in various technologies. The sail lasted a total of 22 hours, as the ship can move slowly at only a few knots.
The Belgian Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport, which is responsible for shipping, has selected Chelsea Technologies to provide benchmark portable testing for compliance with ballast water standards. This move comes after Belgium decided to start testing vessels calling at its ports and terminals to make sure they can demonstrate compliance with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.
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