Bunkering pontoon to be built at Antwerp

Titan LNG bunkering pontoon The FlexFueler 002 bunkering pontoon will be used at the Port of Antwerp. Credit: Fluxys

Fluxys and Titan LNG have joined forces to build a bunkering pontoon to make LNG more widely available as shipping fuel in the Port of Antwerp and surrounding area.

The FlexFueler 002 pontoon will provide bunkering services throughout the Antwerp port and region to inland waterway vessels and small coasters by mid-2020 with Titan LNG confirmed as its long-term operator.

Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, said: “We are convinced that the Titan LNG FlexFuelers are the missing link to safe, economical, and speedy LNG delivery in the ARA region.”

Existing services

FlexFueler 002 will be based at the port’s quay 526/528, where Fluxys has a concession to provide LNG bunkering services and currently accommodates truck-to-ship bunkering on the site. FlexFueler 002 is the second Titan LNG-developed pontoon of its sort and identical to FlexFueler 001, which will come into service in Amsterdam in approximately three months.

Mr den Nijs added: “We feel strengthened by our Fluxys partnership and have identified ample opportunities to expand the cooperation in other geographies. With FlexFueler001 and 002 providing back-up for each other, we can provide the operational certainty that ship owners require.”

Next to quay 526/528, G&V and Rolande LNG, Titan LNG’s sister company, will build and operate an LNG fuelling station for heavy duty trucks. The infrastructure will also be used by Fluxys and Titan LNG to provide permanent LNG bunkering services for inland waterway vessels at quay 526/528.

The Port of Antwerp has commissioned an LNG bunker map showing where ship-to-ship bunkering in the harbour area is supported.

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