A bunkering first in Swedish port
The world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for LNG has conducted the first LNG bunker operation in Sweden’s Port of Södertälje.
BSV Kairos, which LNG supplier Nauticor has a charter agreement for, transferred 150t of LNG to product tanker Ternsund, chartered by the Finnish fuel supply company NEOT (North European Oil Trade). The operation took place at the port’s oil terminal.
Åsa Boström, controller at the Port of Södertälje, stated: “The first LNG bunker operation was a huge success and the cooperation between the terminal and port operators, the crews on board of the LNG bunker vessel and the receiving vessel went very well.
“Establishing alternative fuels in the port fits perfectly well into our overall strategy to minimize environmental impact and emissions. Supporting the development of solutions, which benefit both the business and the environment, is an investment into the future of our port.”
Not only was it the first LNG bunker operation in the port of Södertälje, but also the first one in the Baltic Sea while normal cargo was unloaded in parallel (SIMOPS).
The bunker operation puts into practice the contract for the supply of LNG from Nauticor to NEOT’s fleet of time-chartered product tankers running on the fuel.
Sonja Neßhöver, director of the LNG portfolio at Nauticor, stated: “The first SIMOPS LNG bunker operation at an oil terminal in the Baltic Sea marks an important milestone for the development of the LNG supply infrastructure. We are happy to have been chosen by NEOT as partner for this operation and see a profound basis for future operations after such a successful first run.”
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