Denmark's First LNG Terminal Starts Operation
Fjord Line's new LNG terminal, the first of its kind in Denmark, has started operation at the Port of Hirtshals. The terminal has a 500 cubic meter tank and facilities for bunkering LNG.
With the new LNG terminal, Fjord Line will optimize operation of its two cruise ferries, Bergensfjord and Stavangerfjord, which sail the routes between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals as well as between Langesund and Hirtshals.
Fjord Line CEO, Morten Larsen, said: “According to the plans, this LNG terminal is the first step in a future development. We wish to expand the terminal so that, in addition to bunkering our own two cruise ferries, Bergensfjord and Stavangerfjord, we can also offer bunkering to other ships running on LNG. With this, we are expanding the commercial foundation for the development of LNG supply for ships on one of the world's most trafficked sailing routes.”
The Port of Hirtshals’ unique geographical location means that ships running on LNG can bunker at the Port of Hirtshals without having to spend time and fuel going off scheduled routes.
In addition to looking at Fjord Line's investment in a societal perspective, Chairman of the Board at the Port of Hirtshals, Anker Laden-Andersen, considers Fjord Line's investment a plus for the port as a whole: “With the strict international demands on the limitation of emission of environmentally harmful material, the development of the marked for LNG for ships is just opening up in Europe.
“This makes it highly important and extremely positive for the port that we continuously work with companies such as Fjord Line that focus on developing the marked for one of the fuels of the future. Over the next years, the net of LNG terminals in northern Europe will be developed and with Fjord Line's investment in Denmark's first LNG terminal, they have opened up for Hirtshals' position in the European LNG market.”
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