Hamburg-based Nauticor GmbH has conducted the first ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation on a product tanker in German waters
The STS LNG bunkering operation was conducted by Nauticor’s recently acquired 7,500-m3 LNGBV Kairos and product tanker Ramelia in the Port of Brunsbüttel.
Owned by Donsö-based shipowner Älvtank, Ramelia is managed by the tanker pool of the Gothia Tanker Alliance. Like several LNG bunkering operations before, the operation was conducted under the LNG supply agreement, which was signed by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor in 2018.
“By using LNG as fuel, we are working on reducing the environmental impact through lower emissions and less noise,” said Älvtank managing director Christian Nilsson. “Having access to a comprehensive LNG supply network is a prerequisite to do so and we are glad that thanks to the efforts of Nauticor and Gasum, the availability of LNG is secured in a growing number of places in northwest Europe,” said Mr Nilsson.
Finnish state-owned gas company Gasum acquired Kairos and the marine bunkering business of Nauticor along with Linde AG’s LNG and biogas business in Scandinavia, in April. Gasum also acquired a second LNG bunkering vessel, Seagas. A former ferry that was converted to an LNG bunkering vessel, Seagas has a capacity of 180 m3, regularly refuelling the dual-fuel cruise ferry Viking Grace.
Brunsbüttel was also the site of the first German STS LNG bunkering operation, conducted by Nauticor’s Kairos in 2019.
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