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Bunker sales at Rotterdam fell 1.9% in 2017

20 Feb 2018

Rotterdam recorded a 1.9% decrease in total bunker sales volume on year during 2017, according to Port of Rotterdam data.

Bunker sales at the port diminished to 9.9 million cubic metres (m3) in 2017, when compared to 10.1 million m3 in 2016.

Of the total volume, approximately 1 to 1.5 million m3 of bunkered fuel oil consists of ultra-low sulphur fuel oil with a sulphur content lower than 0.10%.

The throughput of bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased from less than 100 metric tonnes (mt) to 1,500 mt.

“The increase in LNG bunkers was mainly due to the Wes Amelie, the world's first container ship that was converted to LNG propulsion. The vessel regularly bunkers at the City Terminal at the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven,” it explained.

“Last year, Shell also put the ocean-going vessel Cardissa into use. The vessel, which has Rotterdam as its work location, will supply customers throughout Europe with LNG from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam.

“The commissioning of the Cardissa is an enormous step in the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping and is in line with the policy of the Port Authority which focuses on this.”

A breakdown of the bunker sales volume at Rotterdam are as follows:

  Fuel oil Gas oil Diesel Lubes Total
2015 8.738.510 1.634.053 167.048 94.857 10.634.468 m3
2016 8.483.644 1.426.879 139.035 96.326 10.145.844 m3
2017 8.255.467 1.387.913 147.035 99.677 9.890.091 m3

Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam
Published: 20 February 2018


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