For the first time, a ship bunkered LNG in Europe during loading and unloading procedures. The bunkering took place at the RST terminal at the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven in Rotterdam. The LNG was supplied by Shell. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, who made the simultaneous bunkering possible, said that the operation fits in with its aim for the energy transition in shipping, from fuel oil to LNG.
LNG fueled vessels
Malta Freeport Terminals welcomed the first ever LNG-fueled container ship to visit Malta during the course of the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam. The ‘Containerships Polar’ discharged more than 560 containers during its call to Malta.
The EU-funded project to expand the Swedish Port of Ystad and make it able to accommodate larger ferries started with a sod-turning ceremony on May 2. The project includes, in addition to two new ferry locations in Ystad Harbor, a new vessel to be fueled by LNG for the Polish shipping company Polferries.
Grupa LOTOS and PGNiG carried out two commercial bunkers of LNG, between 13 and 18 March 2019, at the at sea ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia in Poland. These are the first operations that took place in Polish ports. Namely, on March 13, 14 tonnes of LNG were injected into the ‘Fure Valo’s’ tanks, which is owned by Gothia Tankers. The company aims to develop the LNG-fueled fleet, and aspires to have six such vessels by the end of the year. The second bunkering took place on March 18, where 18 tonnes of LNG were transported from a tanker to the tanks of the ‘Ireland’ ship.
Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd has completed modifications to its Secondary Jetty at its Terminal on Jurong Island, and it is now capable of receiving and reloading small LNG ships of between 2,000m3 and 10,000m3 in capacity. The new Small-Scale LNG Facility was completed on 13 February 2019, and will help boost the development of the small-scale LNG market in various forms.
As of 1 August, the Port will be increasing this incentive by doubling the maximum ESI discount for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine. The Port also aims to have a bunker pontoon for LNG in place in the Port of Amsterdam by the end of 2018.
The Port of Malmo informed that it conducted its first LNG bunkering operation. The operation took place while the vessel “Ireland”, which unloaded cement in Malmö, was provided with LNG via tanker lorries. The Port is now evaluating various solutions for more LNG bunkering, such as bunkering from ships.
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