World’s largest BSV granted bunkering permit

'Kairos' Nauticor’s 'Kairos' has received an LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operations licence from the Port Authority of Rostock. Image: Nauticor

The world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for LNG has received a German port's first licence to conduct LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operations.

Nauticor’s Kairos received the long-term permit from the Port Authority of Rostock. The preparations for the supply of LNG to vessels are already ongoing and the first operations will be conducted within the next weeks.

Richard Schröder, director of finance & operations at Nauticor, said: “Moving from LNG supply by truck to a ship-to-ship supply solution is the natural next step for the development of Nauticor’s LNG supply business in Rostock. As a result of our extensive track record in providing the chilled fuel to shipowners not only in Rostock, but in Northwest Europe in general, and thanks to the experienced and well prepared people in charge within the responsible authorities in Rostock, the process to receive the permit was effective and smooth.”

Jens Scharner, managing director of Rostock Port, the largest German Baltic Sea port, said: “By granting the permit for the first LNG bunker supply vessel in the port of Rostock, the authorities involved have shown again that we have the right framework in place to support those shipowners that take the next step towards more sustainable shipping. With an experienced supplier like Nauticor, we are convinced that LNG bunkering with a bunker vessel can become a standard operation in our port.”

Nauticor has been supplying LNG to marine customers in the port of Rostock since 2017. Back then the product tanker Fure West, owned and operated by the Swedish shipping company Furetank, received LNG from several trucks, thereby becoming the first vessel of its kind to bunker LNG in Germany in general.

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