The Sefarina, a seagoing ship operated by the Dutch company Chemgas Shipping, is the first seagoing vessel to be bunkered with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the port of Antwerp. Although bunkering facility has been available at the Port since 2012, it had thus far only been utilised by barges.
The recent truck-to-ship bunkering of the Sefarina now counts as a test case for the safety procedures that will apply to bunkering of seagoing ships. A truck collects LNG at the LNG import terminal in Zeebrugge and brings it to the quay in Antwerp where it is pumped into the ship, a procedure known as truck-to-ship bunkering.
LNG is a much cleaner fuel in comparison to diesel. The exhaust from a ship driven by LNG contains hardly any particulates, while emissions of NOx are also dramatically lower.
The Port Authority for Antwerp has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP)to build and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering and filling facility, for which the submission deadline is October 5.
(Source: Port of Antwerp)