Milestone for bunkering LNG in the Lower Elbe
A new LNG bunkering operation aims to establish LNG as fuel for ships in Germany's Lower Elbe region.
LNG applications provider Nauticor, whose new bunkering operation is in Brunsbüttel, Germany, said it conducted the largest-ever LNG bunkering operation in Germany when it refuelled the DEME Group’s hopper dredger Scheldt River with 85t of the fuel in a five truck-to-ship operation.
“Together we have proven once more that the supply of LNG for larger ships in Germany is already a reality. At the end of this year, our new LNG bunker vessel will also be put into operation, which will allow us to conduct faster and more comprehensive bunker operations,” said Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor.
The experts at Nauticor, a leading provider of LNG for maritime applications, used a bunkering technique where two LNG trucks are unloaded simultaneously, which it said can allow for significant time savings when conducting a bunker operation.
DEME’s Scheldt River is currently conducting maintenance dredging works for the water authority Wasserstraßen and Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven on the Elbe River between Cuxhaven and Wedel. Additional LNG bunker operations for the vessel in Brunsbüttel are planned going forward.
This means that for the first time, long-standing demand for LNG as fuel for shipping is being generated along the Lower Elbe between Brunsbüttel and Hamburg.
Meanwhile, plans for the first German LNG import terminal are taking shape in the port and industrial park at Brunsbüttel.
This follows Gasunie LNG Holding BV, Oiltanking GmbH and Vopak LNG Holding BV founding the joint venture German LNG Terminal GmbH.
The terminal’s close vicinity to the Port of Hamburg will offer possibilities for the diversification of natural gas supply sources and will facilitate easier access to LNG for refuelling ships and trucks.
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