LNG bunkering now regular at Gothenburg

Coralius bunkering Ternsund LNG bunkering vessel Coralius bunkering Ternsund in October

The first bunkering of a ship with LNG whilst it was loading has taken place at the Port of Gothenburg.

The bunkering of Tern Ocean follows the first ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG by Skangas using its newly constructed bunker and distribution vessel Coralius, which it connected to tanker Ternsund at the port’s quayside last month.

Regular episodes of bunkering at the port have taken place since Skangas’ operation and Dan-Erik Andersson, Gothenburg Port Authority operations manager at the Energy Port, remarked: “Even 5-10 years ago the idea of ships running on liquefied natural gas would have almost been regarded as science fiction.

“Now we have had seven LNG-bunkerings here in less than a month. It would be no exaggeration to describe this as a major breakthrough.”

Coralius is local

Since the first ship-to-ship bunkering, five ships have bunkered whilst they were at anchor just outside the port.

Coralius is operating in the local area with LNG supplied by Skangas.

The EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive states that it should be possible to bunker LNG at what are termed Sweden’s core ports (Luleå, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen/Malmö and Trelleborg) before 2025.

The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in the group to provide bunkering so far.

Developments ahead

The port said that further bunkering options are on the horizon.

Next year, Swedegas will build a landside pipeline for LNG at the Energy Port in Gothenburg. The investment will also mark the starting point for the construction in stages of a larger facility that will supply both the transport sector and Swedish industry with liquefied gas.