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North Sea Port welcomes first LNG bunkering operation

18 Oct 2018

North Sea Port, a 60 km cross-border port area from Vlissingen in the Netherlands to Ghent in Belgium, welcomed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation on Tuesday (16 October), it says.

The 'truck-to-ship' LNG bunkering operation took place at the Kluizendok in Ghent, where LNG was refuelled to the Fure West from lorries on the quay. 

The LNG-powered ship was supplied with LNG bunker fuel by eight trucks, each with approximately 19 metric tonnes (mt) of LNG, accounting for more than 150 mt of LNG; the trucked lifted the LNG from facilities in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

The bunkering operation was organised by Titan LNG. In the earlier week, the Fure West discharged liquid bulk at OilTanking Gent.

“Because the ship does not always know where it will work, it is important to switch quickly to arrange the bunkers in different places,” said Jippe van Eijnatten of Titan LNG.

“Communication with North Sea Port went very smoothly and we are very pleased with the cooperation that has been provided, which has led to safe and smooth bunkering.”

Jan Lagasse, CEO of North Sea Port, notes the development increases the nautical appeal of North Sea Port while significantly reducing carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions at the facility. 

The North Sea Port is exploring further possibilities for LNG bunkering via the 'ship-to-ship' method.

Photo credit: North Sea Port
Published: 18 October, 2018


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