Titan LNG on Wednesday (26 June) held a christening event for the FlexFueler001 in collaboration with the Port of Amsterdam to mark the official commencement of safe, efficient and cost-effective inland waterway LNG bunkering in the ARA region.
Yvonne Brouwer, the partner of Titan LNG CEO Niels den Nijs, performed the ceremony and broke the champagne bottle across the bow whilst wishing the vessel and the crew smooth sailings.
“We’d like to thank Kooiman Marine Group, Cryovat, and MSN for making the project a reality. I think she’s looking beautiful and totally ready for action. We thank Beequip, AKEF, and the Province of North Holland for helping to finance the project,” said Niels den Nijs.
“Finally, we appreciate the Port of Amsterdam for enabling the realisation of the ‘home location’ of the FlexFueler001 and their support along the way. LNG is the cool clean fuel available now at economical prices that future proofs all vessels that run on this environmentally friendlier fuel.
“Titan is incredibly proud to build an ecosystem together with our partners. We will continue to follow our mission of making LNG easily accessible for all our customers.”
Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore Port of Amsterdam commented: “We are very excited about the FlexFueler, which makes it possible to bunker LNG by barge around our port. It is the first dedicated LNG Bunker barge in Europe and it helps us to realize our ambition to become one of the most clean and sustainable ports in the world.”
At the moment, the FlexFueler001, is operated by Amulet Marine Services serving vessels ranging from tankers, containerships to ro-ro’s at the Port of Amsterdam and the Port of Rotterdam; operations will expand to Antwerp in the near future.
The FlexFueler001 is the first of a series of vessels. Titan LNG will deploy the FlexFueler002, currently under construction and ready by mid-2020, in the Port of Antwerp. The third vessel will be announced in the coming months.
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Photo credit: Titan LNG
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