A newly christened LNG bunker barge will play a key role in preparing the Port of Antwerp for a multi-fuel future, supporting shipping’s clean energy transition
LNG supplier Fluxys and joint vessel owner Titan LNG christened 1,480-m3 LNG bunker barge FlexFueler 002 at the Port of Antwerp on 25 March.
FlexFueler 002 will operate at the port from its base at quay 526/528, supplying LNG throughout the port and Western Scheldt. It is the third vessel to join Titan LNG’s expanding infrastructure in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region, joining 1,480-m3 FlexFueler 001 and 5,100-m3 Green Zeebrugge.
Titan LNG’s vessels are part of a growing LNG bunkering infrastructure supporting increased demand for the clean-burning fossil fuel for shipping’s energy transition. There are now 30 LNG bunker vessels in operation and another 20 on order, according to DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight platform. In tandem, the LNG-fuelled fleet continues to grow, with 197 vessels in operation and another 257 on order.
LNG reduces SOx and particulate emissions to negligible amounts, NOx by approximately 85%, and achieves significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions as compared with traditional marine fuels. LNG creates a pathway to decarbonisation through the introduction of lower carbon and carbon-neutral bio- and synthetic-LNG, which both use the same infrastructure and engine technology.
Liquid biogas – made from organic waste – and liquid synthetic methane – produced from green hydrogen and captured CO2 – are scalable solutions for the maritime sector, and the expanding LNG infrastructure in Port of Antwerp will allow the supply of carbon-neutral LNG.
Port of Antwerp chief executive Jacques Vandermeiren said “As the fifth-largest bunkering port in the world, we are committed to playing a pioneering role in the integration of low- and zero-carbon fuels to the bunker market. The arrival of FlexFueler 002 marks an important landmark in the transition to a multi-fuel port. LNG as a marine fuel is now available throughout the port, enabling us to further facilitate the energy transition of shipping in the port, as well as the region of Antwerp.”
Fluxys chief executive Pascal de Buck pointed out that the new barge and other LNG bunkering facilities in the port will be able to provide carbon-neutral LNG options “with no additional investment required for shipowners.”
Titan LNG chief technology officer Ronald van Selm said the company expects to “have the largest network of LNG bunkering vessels in Europe by 2025 and will continue to work with our partners, both in Europe and around the world, to ensure that shipowners are able to start the journey towards a zero-carbon future today.”
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