Titan deploys first LNG by inland barge

The FlexFueler001 has delivered LNG to Norlines Photo: Titan LNG The FlexFueler001 has delivered LNG to Norlines Photo: Titan LNG

The FlexFueler001 has performed the first official bunkering to Norlines in the Port of Rotterdam meaning that Titan LNG is the first accredited LNG bunker supplier to deliver by inland water barge.

Titan LNG will deploy a further vessel in the series, the FlexFueler002, currently under construction and ready by mid 2020, in the Port of Antwerp. The third barge will be announced in the coming months.

Samskip, operator of the LNG powered Norlines Vessels, the Kvitnos and the Kvitbjørn, has a weekly service into Rotterdam and requires a reliable supply of LNG. Paul Wielaars, trade manager West Coast Norway said that the company focuses on economical, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly transport.

“That’s why we are happy with our partner Titan LNG,” he said. “We’re excited to bunker LNG alongside the terminal. This saves us time as we are no longer dependent on truck to ship operations. Bunkering at the same time as cargo operations take place, can save us up to eight hours.”

Ronald van Selm, chief operating officer at Titan LNG, said, “We are proud the FlexFueler 001 is up and running after she successfully completed her trials.We can now offer safe, reliable and efficient bunkering that resembles conventional bunkering and are ready to serve more LNG powered vessels in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp”.

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