LNG bunker tanker “Kairos” starts first reload operation in Klaipeda
The world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker tanker Kairos on Monday started its first reload operation in Klaipeda, according to oil and LNG terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta (KN).
The 7,500 m3 capacity vessel is chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture between Hamburg-based LNG supplier Nauticor (90% share) and oil and Klaipedos Nafta (10% share); it is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE).
The Kairos is expected to enter the Klaipeda port at least once per two months to perform LNG reloading operations. For the remaining time it will be used by Nauticor for the supply of LNG to receiving vessels as a bunker fuel.
“Having launched the operation of Kairos, we will assure more competitive service prices for users of the LNG reloading station and position KN as a company offering the whole LNG supply chain to its clients,” said Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of KN.
“This will not only reduce the price of the LNG supply chain, but also will assure a smooth and prompt service provision for users of the reloading station.”
According to KN, the emergence of new feeder and bunker vessels enhances the competitiveness and accessibility of the LNG market of the region.
The LNG reloading station, which launched its activities at the end of last year, allows a more efficient use of the LNG terminal.
The possibility for bunkering LNG-powered vessels from the reloading station, loading small-sized cargoes to vessels and semitrailers assures an extensive LNG supply chain across the whole region thus creating added value for Lithuania.
It expects the LNG bunkering and reloading infrastructure to be of high relevance in 2020, when global restrictions will be imposed on emissions of sulphur dioxide from shipping to the atmosphere.
Data from consulting agency DNV GL shows there are 132 LNG powered vessels in the world, and the same number has been ordered to be constructed by 2022. The majority of these vessels will operate in the Baltic and the Northern Seas.
Built at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea, the Kairos started its voyage to Europe in October 2018 and reached Klaipeda at the middle of December.
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Photo credit: Klaipedos Nafta
Published: 11 January, 2019
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