Skangas performs STS LNG bunkering in port of Gothenburg
Skangas bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the tanker vessel Ternsund in the Port of Gothenburg, the first time Coralius operated in this port.
Commenting on the operation Skangas noted that the increased number of LNG fueled vessels drive bunker demand.
Gunnar Helmen, sales manager marine in Skangas, said the Swedish authorities “Transportstyrelsen” overlooked the operation as they are currently developing LNG guidelines for Swedish ports.
“Soon, the fleet of LNG driven vessels only with Swedish shipowners will double. Up to now, we have bunkered LNG by trucks in the Port of Gothenburg. Our bunkering vessel is yet another manner to meet the demand,” he said
A ship-to-ship bunkering is often the preferred solution for transferring fuel, Skangas said, adding it offers a flexibility in transfer location and a swift operation.
The receiving vessel, Ternsund, is an oil and chemical tanker build in 2016 for the shipping company Terntank. She has a LNG dual-fuel engine from Wärtsila. Currently she serves under time charter deal with Finnish North European Oil Trade (NEOT) distributing products from the Gothenburg area.
Skangas expects the LNG demand for ships to increase significantly in next few years as responsible shipping companies are seeking cleaner fuel alternatives.