18 March 2014Source: LNGEurope
On February 17, 2014, NGVA Europe member LNGEurope bv. supplied LNG to the world’s first LNG powered tug, the Borgoy of Buksér og Berging AS. Operations were performed at the port of Zeebrugge. This truck-to-ship bunkering of LNG was the first time a seagoing vessel was bunkered at the Flemish coastal port or any other port in this part of Europe. M/T Borgoy is the first tug in the world, powered by LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations. This results in an interest for LNG as maritime fuel. The Borgoy emits nearly 30% less CO2 and up to 90% less NOx than conventional ships. Noise is reduced by 70%. Smoke, sooth and particulate matter are not emitted at all.
The LNG fuelling was executed by an experienced team of LNG Europe. Experience was gained by bunkering LNG to inland barges at Rotterdam and Antwerp, and of course by the several hundreds of truckloads safely delivered in the last few years. This first truck-to-ship bunkering at Zeebrugge was carefully planned and prepared by LNGEurope with the Port Authorities, Fluxys Belgium, and Hoppe Maritime Group.
Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “This bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Zeebrugge. Firstly, we can be proud that BUBE has chosen Zeebrugge to perform this operation. Secondly, it is a confirmation of the time and effort we’ve invested in becoming a first mover in LNG bunkering. We’ve started up several projects with different parties which are all in very different stages of development. To see this project performed successfully is very gratifying.”
Koos Blaazer, LNGEurope b.v.: “This successful bunkering operation confirms the belief of LNGEurope that in the future, these safe bunkering operations will become routine for a steadily growing fleet of LNG fuelled ships, not only in Zeebrugge.”
Stefaan Hoppe, Hoppe Maritime Group: “We are proud to be appointed by BUBE and to be part of the first LNG truck-to-ship bunkering in the port of Zeebrugge. In the future, we hope to assist in new developments in LNG such as small scale LNG and LNG bunkering.”