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Poland: Port of Gdansk Authority celebrates LNG bunkering ops

27 Mar 2019

The Port of Gdansk Authority on Tuesday (10 March) commemorated the start of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations at the Tri-City ports of Gdynia and Gdansk.

“LNG bunkering in Poland has become a fact,” it stated.

It notes a total of 72 tonnes of LNG fuel (42,800 Nm3) being pumped into the tanks of the Fure Valo and Ireland ships from four tank trucks.

According to the directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, seaports in Poland are required to provide this type of service by the end of 2025 at the latest.

Both ports have been preparing for the possibility of fuelling vessels with LNG for a long time. They have been carrying out rescue and fire-fighting drills and developing procedures and regulations, which made it possible to carry out the bunkering operations in March.

“Our experts attended several dozen meetings, workshops, and conferences during which they shared their knowledge on LNG,” commented Adam Meller, President of the Board of the Port of Gdynia Authority.

“Their professionalism, engagement, and factual input contributed to the establishment of regulations and procedures others can use today.”

By implementing the LNG bunkering service, the Tri-City ports of Gdynia and Gdansk have responded to the needs of the market which, due to restrictions resulting from emission standards, is rapidly changing the technologies used in sea transport.

“Polish ports are in their heyday at the moment. We are implementing huge investment programmes, winning new contracts,” explains Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the Port of Gdansk Authority.

“We are doing it all, firstly, in order to meet the current market needs, and secondly, to prepare for what the future may bring. One of the elements of this future are vessels fuelled by liquefied natural gas.”

Currently, the Tri-City ports offer tank truck-to-ship LNG bunkering.

In the future, an alternative solution will become available in the form of a mobile bunkering point using the ship-to-ship technology.

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Photo credit: Port of Gdansk Authority
Published: 27 March, 2019

 

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