First LNG Fueling of a Chemical Carrier in a German Port
Bomin Linde LNG is talking up the first-ever successful bunkering of a liquefied natural gas-fueled chemical tanker at a German port.
The Hamburg-based company says it fueled the Fure West, operated by the Swedish shipping company Furetank, in the Port of Rostock (Germany’s largest on the Baltic Sea) on February 2. “A total of four LNG trucks were unloaded,” Bomin Linde said today.
“The truck-to-ship bunkering process went smoothly thanks to the seamless coordination between the ship’s crew and our Bomin Linde experts onshore,” Bomin Linde LNG portfolio director Sonja Nesshoever said in the announcement.
More LNG Tankers on Order, and a Bunker Vessel?
Bonin Linde noted that Fure West became one of the first tankers to run on LNG when it was retrofitted by its owners, re-entering service in 2015 (HHP Insight, August 10, 2015). “Together, Furetank and its partners in the Gothia Tanker Alliance have ordered a total of six LNG-fueled newbuilds,” the supplier said.
“The bunkering of the Fure West by the experienced German LNG supplier Bomin Linde LNG establishes Rostock as a prime location for the supply of alternative ship fuels,” Rostock Port managing director Jens Aurel Scharner says in the Bomin Linde release.
“Not only supply by truck, but also by a bunker vessel might be an option in the long-run,” he said.
Partners Are Key
“Jointly developing the LNG market is the basis for successfully establishing LNG as ship fuel,” said Furetank managing director Lars Höglund. “We are glad to have Bomin Linde LNG as our partner, with whom we will not only extend our truck-to-ship supply but also ship-to-ship bunkering.”
Furetank announced this past November that Fure West was the first vessel to be bunkered with LNG in Amsterdam.
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Source: Bomin Linde with Fleets & Fuels follow-up