Gothenburg Bunkering ‘Represents Several Historic Firsts’
Skangas is trumpeting its successful bunkering of the Terntank product tanker Ternsund with liquefied natural gas fuel. The September 3 operation was “a significant milestone for Skangas, as it represents several historic firsts,” the company says.
“Not only is it the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to the vessel Ternsund, it is the first ship-to-ship bunkering to be executed by companies Skangas and Anthony Veder, and the first to take place in the Gothenburg area.”
“The delivery by Skangas to the Ternsund marks the start of a new era,” Skangas says: “using bunker vessels to serve the shipping market. Until now,” the company adds, “deliveries were made using trucks and onshore terminals.”
‘The Market Is Developing’
“We have developed an LNG infrastructure to serve the Nordic industrial and marine sectors, and make LNG available for customers who are willing to switch to a much cleaner fuel than traditionally used,” Skangas CEO Tor Morten Osmundsen says in the Ternsund bunkering announcement.
“The bunkering operation in Gothenburg clearly indicates that the market is developing and that our efforts to make LNG readily available are paying off,” he said. “We strongly believe that LNG will rapidly become the fuel solution for forward-thinking ship owners.”
Coralius to Come
The fuel for Ternsund was delivered by Veder’s small (15,600-cubic-meter) LNG carrier, Anthony Veder’s Coral Energy.
Skangas is to start operating a new bunker vessel in early 2017 – the new Coralius with a capacity of 5,800 cubic meters – 1.53 million gallons. Coralius will provide ship-to-ship bunkering services and like the other Veder carriers will help supply European LNG terminals. The new vessel is being built by Royal Bodewes of The Netherlands (HHP Insight, November 19, 2015).
Skangas has offices in Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
The 482-foot (147-meter), Wärtsilä-powered Ternsund is the first of a series of sister ships. Ternsund was built by AVIC Dingheng in China and launched there late last year (HHP Insight, December 24).Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Skangas with HHP Insight follow-up