Flogas & Associated British Ports at Immingham:
‘A Significant and Unprecedented Step Forward’
Flogas and Associated British Ports are celebrating the UK’s first bunkering with liquefied natural gas, as the 361-foot cement carrier Ireland, operated by Norway’s KGJ Cement, was fueled at the Port of Immingham on August 16.
The joint venture between Flogas and ABP “marks a significant and unprecedented step forward for maritime bunkering in the UK,” says a release. “Ships from across the globe will now have direct access to LNG.”
“There is great potential for LNG in the maritime industry as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional oil-based bunker fuels, but until now this potential has remained untapped here in the UK,” Flogas managing director Lee Gannon says in the bunkering announcement.
‘Increasing Numbers of Ships’
“Demand is already beginning to shift away from oil across the international fleet, and we very much see natural gas taking its place as the marine fuel of choice,” said ABP Immingham and Grimsby port manager Mark Frith.
“We look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of ships to Immingham as a result of our new and unique offering in partnership with Flogas,” he said.
Infrastructure Will Come, Says Flogas
Flogas says that its new tanker-to-ship service “provides the flexibility needed to service current demand, but as the LNG marine market grows, Flogas will invest in storage and bunkering facilities at ABP ports when required.”
Ireland and sister ship Greenland, which Ferus Smit launched in late 2015, have 130-cubic-meter (34,300-gallon) LNG fuel tanks as part of their LNG fuel systems from Cryonorm.
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Source: Flogas and ABP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up