The Port of Rotterdam Authority on 3 April organised an information session Fuelling the Future: LNG for over 50 representatives from several shipping companies and terminals.
The objective was to inform the group about the benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the possibilities of LNG bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam, it says.
In her opening remarks, Maud Eijgendaal, business manager LNG at the Port of Rotterdam, explained the shipping industry will be able to start its future goals regarding decarbonisation by using LNG as a fuel.
The product has the potential of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20% and more after adding bio components to the mix. Because LNG is also the cleanest fossil fuel available, it can address challenges around local emissions as well, which is very important for a port.
The commercial manager at Gate Terminal gave a presentation about the basics of LNG.
“Our shared goal is to limit pollution. LNG is acceptable, available and affordable,” says Stefaan Adriaens who adds that, “there are plenty of suppliers and terminals around the world that can offer LNG.”
Cees Boon, safety advisor at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, highlights LNG ship-to-ship bunkering during simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) is allowed in Rotterdam as long as it is safe and controlled.
LNG bunker suppliers Shell, Nauticor, Titan LNG and Total were also at the event to show support for LNG bunkering.
Marieke Knook from Shell encouraged the delegates to be engaged: “That is very important. Because LNG is new for everybody.”
In addition, Isabelle Capaldi-Lureau from Total mentioned: “We need to work together to make this happen.”
Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Published: 12 April, 2018
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