Hamburg-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Nauticor on Friday (14 February) announced its cooperation with shipyard Fassmer to provide LNG as a bunker fuel to newbuildings and retrofitted vessels using LNG engines.
The first project to be conducted under the new cooperation was the commissioning and initial LNG bunkering of the research vessel Atair at the Fassmer shipyard on 6 February, 2020.
Fassmer was awarded the contract to build the new sea surveying, wreck search and research vessel for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). The vessel will enter service in 2020 and replace the previous ship with the same name.
The team at Nauticor was responsible for purchasing and transporting LNG for the initial bunkering and supported Fassmer in the execution of the operation. Nauticor will ensure the supply of LNG throughout the whole LNG bunker trial period.
“The shipyard’s customers will significantly benefit from the cooperation between the two companies,” says Richard Schröder, CEO of Nauticor.
“In addition to the shipyard’s experience in building and retrofitting vessels with LNG engines the customers will benefit from Nauticor’s expert knowledge regarding sourcing, storage and transport of LNG, as well as our knowledge about executing LNG bunkering operations for vessels.”
“As one of the few shipyards in Europe with experience in constructing LNG-fuelled vessels, we notice a rising interest in newbuilds and retrofits equipped with environmentally-friendly propulsion,” adds Christian Schmid, Fassmer’s head of project.
“Due to the successful cooperation with Nauticor we have been able to prepare and conduct the LNG bunkering efficiently and safely. Thereby, additional incentives are created for shipping companies to use LNG as fuel.”
Photo credit: Nauticor
Published: 17 February, 2020
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