A Port of Rotterdam event saw discussion on the benefits of LNG as a safe and attractive fuel for meeting IMO regulations.
‘Fuelling the Future: LNG’, saw over 50 representatives from several shipping companies and terminals informed about the benefits of LNG and the possibilities available at the Port of Rotterdam. “Our shared goal is to limit pollution. LNG is acceptable, available and affordable,” said Stefaan Adriaens, commercial manager at Gate Terminal BV, in a presentation. “You are not alone. There are plenty of suppliers and terminals around the world that can offer LNG.”
According to Cees Boon, safety advisor at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, LNG ship-to-ship bunkering during simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) is possible and allowed in Rotterdam, as long as it is safe and controlled. Similar to conventional bunkering, this bunkering activity takes place at the terminal although there are excellent additional possibilities at the buoys and dolphins and in the future, maybe also at anchorage.
LNG bunker suppliers Shell, Nauticor, Titan LNG and Total are ready for LNG bunkering at the port and heavy investments have been made and will be made in the coming period. The port said that the ‘chicken and egg’ situation has been broken but it now needs all stakeholder to work together to realise the potential of the fuel going forward.