Tuesday, June 30, 2020

RoPax Ferries to Benefit from New Faster Liquefied Gas Bunkering Facilities

New Station Assists in Reaching Environmental Targets
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – A new bunkering station for liquefied gas was opened by Nordic energy group Gasum this month in the Port of Nynäshamn, Sweden on the premises of Ports of Stockholm. After a year in construction the recently opened facility includes new bunkering solutions enabling ships to bunker environmentally friendly fuel faster than ever.

The set up enables bunkering at high speed from two trucks at the same time, previous facilities could only allow one, and the specialised trucks in use now allow much faster service whilst bunkering can take place at the same time as unloading or loading operations. Ferries were earlier bunkered using single trucks which was both time consuming and affected the ferries’ main operations and schedule.

The new bunkering station is being frequently used by two of Destination Gotland’s RoPax gas ferries which carry both passengers and cargo to and from the mainland. Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland is obviously happy with the improvement, saying:

“Being able to bunker fuel from the new station is a big step forward for our operations. We fuel faster, more efficiently and during our normal operation hours. This in turn leads to a better service experience for our customers.”

The station is located very close to the existing Gasum LNG terminal. Gasum’s LNG trucks transport the fuel the short distance of 5 kilometres from the terminal to the station. Fredrik Lindstål, Board Director of Ports of Stockholm, commented:

“Ports of Stockholm have high environmental ambitions. An important aspect is to support our customers in their work towards a more sustainable and efficient shipping. Vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) including a biogas blend, are showing us how to reduce the environmental impact. This example could also encourage the shipping industry to change to more sustainable fuel.”

Gasum supplies both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) or a blend of the two from the station. LBG is a renewable energy source. Ships blending LBG into their fuel will reduce their CO2 emissions as biogas creates zero environmental emissions. Jonas Åkermark, Sales Manager, Gasum, observed:

“The station’s fit-for-purpose high speed pumps allow the bunkering operation to take just 45 minutes. Passengers disembark and embark and goods are unloaded and loaded while bunkering. High precision and prompt deliveries from our side are needed in order to keep to the vessels’ ordinary schedule.”