LNG Bunkering First for Amsterdam
The chemical tanker Fure West operated by the Swedish shipping company FureTank was bunkered with LNG in the Port of Amsterdam last week - the first sea-going vessel to bunker with LNG in Amsterdam.
The bunkering took place on the Groene Kade in the Amerikahaven, the designated location for safe truck-to-ship bunkering of LNG.
Fure West is FureTank’s first sea-going vessel that has a dual-fuel engine. Built in 2006, the ship has recently been converted to run on LNG.
On Monday morning, she moored at Oiltanking for unloading. On Tuesday, she made her way to the Groene Kade where the bunkering took place. Titan LNG, an Amsterdam company trading in LNG, transported the LNG in five tankers from the GATE terminal to the Amerikahaven to complete the bunkering.
Inland navigation vessels have been bunkering with LNG in the Amerikahaven since 2013. As a result of recent changes to the quay, sea-going vessels can now also bunker there.
Marleen van de Kerkhof, State Harbour Master, said: “Port of Amsterdam is fully committed to making shipping sustainable. This is needed to provide a sustainable solution to the demands of logistics and regulation. The facilitation of safe bunkering operations with new and cleaner shipping fuels is a good example of this.
“The Groene Kade is now a temporary facility. Together with various partners such as Titan LNG, we are looking to create a more permanent bunker facility that is both safe and efficient. Today's bunkering operation was a successful first step in this direction.”
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a large role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area transhipped approximately 97 million tons of goods in 2015, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 78 million tons.