Swedish bunker supplier Gasum on Monday (22 June) said its Hamburg-based subsidiary Nauticor has conducted the initial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation for the newbuild cruise ship Iona.
The bunkering operation was conducted by Gasum’s LNG BSV Kairos in the port of Bremerhaven and marked the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation at the port, it said.
Iona is one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled cruise ships and she is in the final outfitting phase at the Meyer Werft shipyard.
After the outfitting and sea trials are complete, the vessel will join the fleet of P&O Cruises. The vessel is part of a series of vessels for the Carnival Corporation.
Gasum noted that LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel as it significantly improves local air quality as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%.
Gasum’s bunker vessel Kairos started operations in 2019 and is mainly operating in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The vessel became a part of Gasum’s fleet of LNG BSV when the company took over Nauticor’s marine bunkering business in April 2020.
“The bunkering operation was a great success because of a close cooperation between our teams onshore and at sea and the shipyard,” said Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director, LNG Maritime, Gasum.
“Kairos has proven again that the vessel is a valuable asset for us in our aim to develop the Northern European market for LNG as maritime fuel and we are looking forward to reaching more milestones on our way to make transport more sustainable.”
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Photo credit: Gasum
Published: 23 June, 2020
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