Shell-leased Coral Methane, a dedicated LNG bunker vessel, successfully completed its first ship-to-ship operation on 16 January when it fuelled LNG-powered AIDAnova at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
“The success of this project is due to an excellent co-operation with all the parties involved – from the engineering phase up to and including our first LNG bunkering operation,” said Anthony Veder’s chief operating officer Klaas Kerssemakers. Anthony Veder, a specialist in the transport of LNG and other petrochemical gases, is Coral Methane’s owner. “We believe LNG is today’s most sustainable marine fuel.”
The bunkering of AIDAnova marked the next step in the group’s contribution to a sustainable supply chain, he added.
Originally developed by Anthony Veder for Norway’s Gasnor, a subsidiary of Shell, Coral Methane, with a capacity of 7,500 m3, was launched in 2009 as a multi-purpose bunker and feeder vessel transporting ethylene as well as LNG. At the time, the vessel was described as the world’s first small-scale multi-purpose LNG carrier.
The ship was converted into a pure bunker vessel last year and will operate across Europe, primarily in the southern part of the North Sea and Mediterranean. According to Anthony Veder, the size of Coral Methane and its other bunker and feeder vessels is ideal for economic loading at large-scale terminals while still being easily manoeuvrable for ship-to-ship bunker operations.
Aida Cruise’s latest vessel, AIDAnova is the first of its kind to use LNG at sea and at port.