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“Coral Methane” carries out maiden LNG bunkering operation

18 Jan 2019

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker tanker Coral Methane on Wednesday (16 January) successfully carried out its first LNG bunkering operation on the LNG fuelled cruise ship AIDAnova at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Coral Methane is a 7,500 cbm vessel that has been modified from an ethylene/LNG carrier to an LNG bunker vessel for Shell, who is supplying the LNG.

“We believe LNG is today’s most sustainable marine fuel. The delivery of Coral Methane as an LNG bunker vessel, in partnership with Shell, underlines our dedication to LNG and marks the next step in our contribution to a sustainable supply chain,” says Klaas Kerssemakers, Chief Operating Officer of Anthony Veder.

“The success of this project is due to an excellent cooperation with all parties involved, from the engineering phase up to and including our first LNG bunkering operation.”

The modification project, managed by Anthony Veder, took 12 months. It required engineering and modification works, as well as obtaining bunkering licenses for the various ports.

To guarantee safe bunkering operations, the crew was familiarized with all the necessary equipment and procedures together with employees of Shell and AIDA Cruises, along with Carnival Corporation.

Coral Methane was built in 2009 according to a design with Azipull thrusters that give the vessel high manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency. Modifications such as the installed hose transfer system enable the LNG bunkering tanker to perform safe bunkering operations while the boil-off gas management system provides a sustainable solution for efficient use of natural gas and carbon emission reductions.

The project also involved a review of all necessary operational procedures to ensure compliance with the SGMF (Society for Gas as Marine Fuel) recommendations and guidelines.

Source: Anthony Veder
Published: 18 January, 2019

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