Gasum completes first Rotterdam bunker

GASUM's <i>Coralius</i> bunkering <i>Bit Viking</i> in Port of Rotterdam. GASUM's Coralius bunkering Bit Viking in Port of Rotterdam.

Gasum has bunkered LNG using its bunker vessel Coralius to a tanker at the Port of Rotterdam for the first time. This represents a milestone as it was the first time she had proven her availability in ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp).

“Being able to bunker our clients in the ARA area increases LNG availability and security for the LNG fuelled fleet. The amount of LNG driven vessels is growing rapidly globally, and we will definitely be part of the growth in being present where LNG is needed,” said Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, natural gas and LNG, Gasum.

Coralius has her main operation area in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area. At the end of February, she celebrated another milestone as she completed her 100th bunkering operation in just 18 months.

Coralius delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea and in port. This has significantly increased Gasum’s flexibility and responsiveness to vessels that require LNG but are unable to visit a terminal or a port. By making LNG more accessible to vessels, ship-to-ship bunkering also boosts efficiency.

The receiving vessel, Bit Viking, is a 24,783 dwt chemical and product tanker build in 2007 by Shanghai Edward Shipbuilding. She was converted to dual-fuel LNG operation in 2011. Her main propulsion is provided by 2 x Wärtsila 6L50DF engines.

Gasum foresees an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels. Coralius has increased its efficiency due to LNG bunkering operations becoming faster – they are now nearly as quick as conventional oil bunkerings, which has also increased customer satisfaction.

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