First SIMOPS LNG Bunkering Completed in Amsterdam

Titan LNG’s bunker barge FlexFueler001 has supplied LNG to the tanker Ramelia while the ship was unloading cargo at the Oiltanking Terminal in Amsterdam.

The operation was carried out in cooperation with Oiltanking Amsterdam and Furetank Chartering.

As informed, this is the first time a simultaneous operation (SIMOPS) has taken place with LNG bunkering in the Port of Amsterdam, allowing the Ramelia to discharge cargo whilst receiving LNG bunkers.

According to Titan LNG, the SIMOPS enables the receiving vessel to have a quicker turnaround in the port as it does not have to shift to a designated LNG bunkering location, such as the Titan LNG facility.

“This first SIMOPS in Amsterdam is a real enabler for LNG as a marine fuel. Being able to bunker whilst working in a port not only saves turnaround time and money, it also has positive effects on the local environment since the emission involved in shifting operation is eliminated and it reduces working hours for the crew when we can avoid shifting,” Johan Kristensson from Furetank Chartering commented.

“We hope that more terminals will follow shortly as it is clear that LNG bunkering is possible and allowed by the ports and the terminals,” Kristensson added.

“Oiltanking is proud to facilitate the bunkering of LNG at our facility… The LNG bunkering did not cause any additional restrictions or delays on our ability to discharge the tanker Ramelia,” Daan van Rooijen, Manager Operations at Oiltanking Amsterdam, said.

The 19,812 CBM Ramelia, owned by Swedish company Älvtank, is the latest addition to the LNG-powered product tanker pool of the Gothia Tankers Alliance.

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