Hamburg based LNG supplier Nauticor, a subsidiary of the Nordic energy company Gasum, conducted the initial ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation for newbuild cruise ship Iona on 18 June 2020
The bunkering operation was conducted by Gasum’s LNGBV Kairos in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany.
Nauticor said it was the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation conducted at the port.
Iona is one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled cruise ships. The vessel is in the final outfitting phase at the Meyer Werft shipyard. After outfitting and sea trials, the vessel will join the fleet of P&O Cruises. The vessel is part of a series of vessels for Carnival Corp’s different brands.
Gasum LNG maritime sales director Jacob Granqvist said the bunkering operation was successful due to the cooperation between the companies on shore, at sea and the shipyard.
Mr Granqvist said “Kairos has proven again that the vessel is a valuable asset for us in our aim to develop the northern European market for LNG as maritime fuel and we are looking forward to reaching more milestones on our way to make transport more sustainable.”
Kairos, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, is wholly owned by Nauticor following an agreement with Lithuanian terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta in 2019. The vessel operates mainly in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The vessel became a part of Gasum’s fleet of LNGBVs when the company took over Nauticor’s marine bunkering business in April 2020.
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