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Port of Sodertalje welcomes first LNG bunkering operation

16 Sep 2019
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The Port of Sodertalje has welcomed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation on Thursday (12 September) where world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos provided fuel to product tanker Ternsund.

During the operation, 150 metric tonnes of LNG were bunkered from Kairos to Ternsund at the port’s oil terminal; it was also the LNG bunkering operation in the Baltic Sea while normal cargo was unloaded in parallel (SIMOPS).

“The first LNG bunker operation was a huge success and the cooperation between the terminal and port operators, the crews on board of the LNG bunker vessel and the receiving vessel went very well,” stated Asa Bostrom, Controller at the Port of Sodertalje.

“Establishing alternative fuels in the port fits perfectly well into our overall strategy to minimize environmental impact and emissions. Supporting the development of solutions, which benefit both the business and the environment, is an investment into the future of our port.”

The product tanker Ternsund is chartered by the Finnish fuel supply company NEOT (North European Oil Trade).

“Our vision is to become the most innovative and cost-efficient fuel solutions supply company,” according to Satu Mattila, Head of Planning, Shipping and Operations at NEOT.

“We are continuously seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, including shipping. LNG is an established fuel solution with lower environmental impact that has been used in our shipping operations for years.

“We are continuously developing more flexible sourcing options for LNG together with our partners, and the first LNG bunkering in Sodertalje is again another great step forward.”

Sonja Nebhover, Director LNG Portfolio at Nauticor, highlighted the importance of the operation.

“The first SIMOPS LNG bunker operation at an oil terminal in the Baltic Sea marks an important milestone for the development of the LNG supply infrastructure. We are happy to have been chosen by NEOT as partner for this operation and see a profound basis for future operations after such a successful first run.”

Photo credit: Nauticor
Published: 16 September, 2019


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