Skangass Bunkering LNG Ferries with Passengers on Board
Already from mid March, Skangass will be able to bunker Fjord Line’s cruise ferries in Risavika harbour, close to Stavanger.
The DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection) has approved bunkering ferries with passenger on board. Compared to current solution this is more advantageous as concerns the environment, the safety aspects and it is far more efficient. Current solution is driving numerous truck loads with LNG abroad for bunkering the ferries in Denmark.
Truck to Ship Bunkering
From 17 March both ”Stavangerfjord” and ”Bergensfjord” will sail from the ports in Norway and Hirtshals in Denmark. In Autumn of 2013 Skangass applied for permission to bunker the ferries by trucks in Risavika in order to be able to effectively deliver LNG. Consequently the bunkering will take place by truck until the establishment of the new permanent bunkering solution in Risavika.
”The fact that DSB now is granting us permission for a temporary truck bunkering solution is important for us in order to maintain the delivery security for Fjord Line”, says Tor Morten Osmundsen, the Managing Director of Skangass. ”We will now fulfil the conditions included in the DSB permission. Already mid March we are planning to perform the first bunkering with passengers on board in Risavika.”
Building a permanent bunkering station
In January of 2014 Skangass obtained permission to establish a permanent bunkering station for Fjord Line’s ferries in Risavika. The planning of this bunker facility is ongoing and Skangass expects a finalization of the project during Summer 2014.
Press Release, March 6, 2014; Image: Skangass