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Nauticor and Unifeeder in first SIMOPS LNG bunker operation

24 Sep 2019

The Wes Amelie, the world’s first container ship retrofitted with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine, received LNG marine fuel during a SIMOPS (simultaneous operations) ship-to-ship bunker operation at the Vuosaari Harbour container terminal in the Port of Helsinki on 21 September 2019.

The transfer of LNG bunkers between the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos and container feeder vessel Wes Amelie marks an important step in several aspects, with the operation being the first LNG ship-to-ship operation for the Port of Helsinki as well as the first SIMOPS LNG ship-to-ship operation for a container vessel in the Baltic Sea in general.

“The first SIMOPS LNG ship-to-ship transfer at a container terminal for the “Wes Amelie” was a great success, due to the smooth cooperation between the crews on board of the LNG bunker vessel and the receiving vessel, the terminal and port operators, the Nauticor experts and our bunker team here at Unifeeder,” highlighted Hans Staal, Head of Bunker Procurement of Unifeeder.

“This marks another milestone in our quest to develop a comprehensive LNG supply chain, making the use of LNG as fuel for container vessels more efficient.”

However, both vessels already conducted their first LNG ship-to-ship operation at anchorage in front of Visby, Sweden, in April 2019.

“We are proud that we have been able to achieve another important milestone together with Unifeeder and the Port of Helsinki,” stated Lydia Glabisch, Operations Manager at Nauticor.

“The successful operation proves again that bunkering LNG is already an established procedure in a variety of ports especially in Northwest Europe. Furthermore, bunkering LNG is as efficient and uncomplicated as bunkering conventional fuels, especially when it is performed ship-to-ship and in parallel to the cargo operations.” 

Andreas Slotte, Head of Sustainable Development at the Port of Helsinki, confirmed that view: “With the first ship-to-ship LNG bunker operation in our port being conducted successfully, the Port of Helsinki proves again its ambition to facilitate the use of more environmentally friendly alternatives to oil-based fuels.”

“Today’s event was a natural next step in the process of LNG becoming even more mainstream as a maritime fuel in Helsinki.”

Photo credit: Port of Helsinki
Published: 24 September, 2019


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