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German Shipowners’ Association welcomes LNG bunkering investment at Hamburg

05 Oct 2020

The Port of Hamburg on Friday (2 October) said the German Shipowners’ Association is welcoming investments in liquified natural gas (LNG) supply logistics.

“As one of the world’s major shipping nations, Germany needs an LNG infrastructure for its shipping industry to prepare for the upcoming energy transformation,” said Ralf Nagel, Chief Executive Officer of the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder, VDR).

“That’s why we welcome projects that quickly become reality, such as the terminal in Brunsbüttel,” added Nagel following a discussion with Rolf Brouwer, Managing Director of German LNG Terminal GmbH, the company responsible for the LNG terminal project in Brunsbüttel.

At the discussion, Nagel emphasised that LNG is currently the only marketable fuel available with which the maritime industry could approach its climate goals within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the objectives set for improving air quality.

He added that it is important in the long term that LNG technology will also enable the large-scale use of alternative ‘green’ gases on board ships in an environmentally-friendly way.

“A ship’s engine running on oil-based fuels cannot be converted to ‘green gas’ without great effort and expense – but a dual-fuel or LNG-powered engine can,” explained Nagel.

“That’s why we should impartially discuss and carefully weigh up the use of LNG to power large sea going vessels – and by all means develop the supply logistics for this at our location.”

“The planned terminal in Brunsbüttel will be a practical support for introducing more sustainable alternative fuels, especially for shipping traffic,” added Brouwer.

“Our technology also enables the handling of synthetically-produced and therefore environmentally-friendly LNG.

“Our project team brings a wealth of relevant experience to German LNG Terminal, enabling us to optimally implement the project from start to finish.”

The plan at the Port of Hamburg is to work with two special jetties, it said. The first jetty will handle Q-Max tankers ranging between 120 m and approximately 345 m in length and with a capacity of approximately 265,000m³ LNG, while the other jetty will handle smaller LNG tankers, such as bunker vessels, ranging from 70 m to 170 m.

The terminal will have a maximum unloading rate of 14,000 m³/h which means that large ships can be unloaded in approximately 20 hours, it concluded.

Related: Heads of Hamburg Port Authority and German LNG Terminal discuss LNG bunker fuel

Photo credit: Port of Hamburg
Published: 5 October, 2020

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