Estonia-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) energy firm Eesti Gaas on Thursday (5 September) said it has started to provide LNG bunkering services to LNG-powered ships in the port of Hanko, Finland, for the first time in addition to Tallinn and Helsinki.
For the port of Hanko, this means scheduled LNG bunkering on its premises, and Eesti Gaas will be providing the service to two new sisterships Auto Energy and Auto Eco in addition to Tallink’s Megastar.
The Auto Energy and Auto Eco transport new vehicles from Europe to Finland and Russia, and are the largest dual fuel LNG vehicle carriers in the world.
The ships of ice class 1A Super can accommodate a total of 4000 vehicles on their ten decks. Both environmentally friendly ro-ro ships belong to UECC, one of the largest companies specialising in short sea vehicle shipping in Europe.
“In addition to new passenger ships, new cargo vessels are changing to the LNG technology in larger and larger numbers. LNG will eventually replace diesel fuel among marine fuels, which will contribute to cleaner air and cleaner Baltic Sea,” noted Kalev Reiljan, member of the management board at Eesti Gaas.
The first bunkering in the port of Hanko followed a lengthy period of thorough preparation and work for the prevention of any potential risks.
“Thorough groundwork and the extensive experience of our specialists ensured that the first bunkerings in Hanko have gone smoothly as planned,” Reiljan said.
Eesti Gaas is planning to deliver LNG to the port of Hanko from Novatek’s new LNG plant in Vysotsk for the LNG bunkering operation.
Last year, Eesti Gaas supplied over 16,000 mt of LNG from its various sources in Russia, Finland, Lithuania and Poland, while the amount supplied a year before had been 12,300 mt.
The company, which also procured nine semi-trailers for the purpose of LNG transportation and bunkering, says it is the leading LNG supplier in the region and the biggest truck-to-ship LNG bunkering provider in whole Northern Europe.
Dutch shipbuilding company Damen is currently building a LNG bunkering vessel for Eesti Gaas which will provide services in the northern and eastern part of the Baltic Sea. The LNG bunker tanker will be completed in 2020.
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Photo credit: Eesti Gaas
Published: 6 September, 2019
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