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Nauticor completes first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation under Gasum

11 May 2020

Swedish bunker supplier Gasum on Wednesday (6 May) said its subsidiary Nauticor has conducted its first ship-to-ship liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation for product tanker Ramelia in Germany.

The bunkering operation was conducted in the port of Brunsbüttel at the river Elbe and it marked another milestone for the company, it being the first marine refuellingoperation since Nauticor became a part of Gasum. 

The receiving vessel Ramelia is owned by Donsö based shipowner Älvtank and is managed by the tanker pool of the Gothia Tanker Alliance. 

Like several LNG bunkering operations before, the operation was conducted under the LNG supply agreement, which was signed by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor in 2018, noted Gasum.

“By using LNG as fuel we are working on reducing the environmental impact through lower emissions and less noise,” said Christian Nilsson, Managing Director of Älvtank. 

“Having access to a comprehensive LNG supply network is a prerequisite to do so and we are glad that thanks to the efforts of Nauticor and Gasum the availability of LNG is secured in a growing number of places in Northwest Europe.” 

“The acquisition of Nauticor is an important step in Gasum’s growth strategy and the successful bunkering of Ramelia underlines our commitment to develop the clean marine bunkering business in Northwest Europe, adding Germany to the list of countries we are active in to ensure the availability of environmentally-friendly LNG for our customers,” added Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director Maritime at Gasum.

The bunkering operation in Brunsbüttel is already the second German LNG premiere taking place at the port after the first German ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation ever was conducted there by Nauticor’s BSV Kairos in 2019.

“The first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation for a product tanker in German waters is the next milestone for establishing LNG as environmentally-friendly fuel for ships and strengthens the role of Brunsbüttel as the leading LNG hub at the German North Sea coast,” said rank Schnabel, Managing Director at Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH/ Schrammgroup.

Related: Gasum completes acquisition of LNG, biogas, marine bunkering businesses in Nordic region

Photo credit: Gasum
Published: 11 May, 2020

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