Port of Amsterdam, Western Europe’s fourth largest port, and fuel supplier Titan LNG have signed a long-term contract for the “home” location of Titan’s bunker pontoon: the FlexFueler001. This pontoon will be the first of its kind in Europe providing easy, affordable and safe LNG bunkering services of this cleaner marine fuel.
The agreement underpins the port’s ambition to facilitate the development of the LNG bunkering market in Amsterdam. Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam: “We believe in LNG as a shipping fuel and Titan LNG’s solution fits very well with our strategic focus on becoming a sustainable port and our transition to renewable energy. We strive to connect the port seamlessly to the fast growing metropolitan area, and lowering pollution is a top priority! We are looking forward to the launch of the FlexFueler001 at the end of this year.”
“We are very pleased with the support of Port of Amsterdam. Their trust has enabled us to realise a long-term supply solution for vessels that run on LNG”, said Niels den Nijs CEO of Titan LNG. “LNG as a marine fuel has a great future and provides one of the building blocks of a more sustainable shipping industry.”
Adaptable LNG Bunkering
The central location in the “America Harbour” was selected to enable the transfer of LNG in various ways. Both trucks and LNG transport vessels can discharge LNG into the FlexFueler making it independent from supply of large-scale terminals to load LNG. The America Harbour is suitable to receive inland and seagoing vessels due to the draft of 9.70 meters alongside the FlexFueler. Normally however seagoing ships will be bunkered concurrent cargo operations alongside using a push boat.
LNG is rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for vessel owners and operators. Adoption is accelerating, as it is a cost-effective alternative. LNG is suitable for a wide range of vessel types and sizes. LNG and Bio LNG offer significant environmental benefits. Switching to LNG or Bio LNG completely removes SOx and particles, and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition to these local benefits, LNG and Bio LNG reduce CO2 emissions. The use of LNG as marine fuel also results in compliance with current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations.
Titan LNG is a leading full service supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe. It is part of the IVECO Schouten Group, and a sister company to Rolande LNG, the leading LNG fuelling station operator for road transportation. It specializes in providing shipping customers with bespoke, end-to-end LNG solutions, including project planning, supply and delivery, as well as risk management and hedging services to mitigate price fluctuations
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a major role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area transhipped approximately 100 million tonnes of goods in 2017, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 81 million tonnes of this amount. A total of 69,779 people work in the port region either at companies in the port or at port-related companies. Approximately 35,000 of these people work in Amsterdam. Port of Amsterdam is committed to being a smart port and to adding value for customers and the environment in a sustainable and innovative manner. It seeks to promote growth at companies, while still taking a careful approach to the available space and the quality of water, soil and air. As ‘Port of Partnerships’, Port of Amsterdam works intensively with partners in the business community, city and region.
Source: Port of Amsterdam