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Titan LNG charters NYK owned ‘Green Zeebrugge’ to boost ARA LNG bunkering capacity

05 Feb 2021

Netherlands-based maritime liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering company Titan LNG on Thursday (4 February) said it has agreed with Japanese shipping company, NYK Line to charter NYK’s dedicated LNG bunker vessel, Green Zeebrugge.

Previously known as the Engie Zeebrugge, NYK renamed the vessel Green Zeebrugge after becoming the sole owner of the vessel.

The agreement sees Titan LNG charter Green Zeebrugge for several years from February 2021. The vessel will be used to supply LNG to larger LNG-fueled vessels in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.

With the vessel’s chilled fuel cargo capacity of 5200 cubic meters, the chartering will significantly increase Titan LNG’s deliveries.

The Green Zeebrugge will be the third addition to Titan LNG’s existing operational barges (FlexFueler’s 001 and 002) and will provide better loading economics for the company.

“We are excited to announce the chartering of the Green Zeebrugge. January has proven exceptionally busy, underlining the timeliness of our decision to secure this additional capacity,” said Michael Schaap, Titan LNG’s Commercial Director Marine. 

“Titan LNG carried out seven LNG operations during one weekend, three of which were to large crude shuttle tankers from Equinor, a term contract partner of Titan’s. Using the Green Zeebrugge we were able to ensure safe and timely deliveries to all the vessels.”

In the long term, this charter will increase the accessibility and uptake of LNG as a marine fuel, added the company.

With the anticipated further acceleration of LNG bunkering demand, Titan LNG said it is taking bold steps to realise the needed infrastructure in European ports.  

The Titan LNG Hyperion, a 8000 cbm vessel that is nearing Final Investment Decision, will give the company extra proprietary capacity and will be available early 2023. Titan LNG said it expects to have the largest network of LNG bunkering vessels in Europe by 2025.

Titan LNG will also soon supply bio-LNG which can be dropped in and blended with LNG using existing infrastructure and engine technology. Of all currently available E-Fuels like ammonia and methanol, synthetic LG is the only fuel with global existing infrastructure to serve the marine industry and the best energy density, concluded Titan LNG.

Related: NYK assumes full control of former JV LNG bunkering company Marine LNG Zeebrugge
Related: Titan LNG application for bunkering location on the Western Scheldt approved
Related: Titan LNG conducts first bunkering operation for bulk carrier at Port of Rotterdam
Related: Titan LNG and Fluxys welcome LNG bunkering barge ‘FlexFueler 002’

Photo credit: Titan LNG
Published: 5 February, 2021

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