Port of Rotterdam Continues Upsurge of LNG Bunkering

| The Netherlands: Rotterdam | Source: Port of Rotterdam
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The Port of Rotterdam reports the throughput of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as bunker fuel increased considerably from 1,500 to 9,500 tonnes in 2018. By contrast, the reduced sales of heavy fuel oil for shipping accounted for almost the entire decline in overall sales of bunker oil fuel.

Bunker oil fuel sales decreased from 9.9 million m3 to 9.5 million m3. Heavy fuel oil sales decreased from 8.3 million m3 to 7.9 million m3.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority suspects that the decline in bunker volumes in Europe’s largest bunker port is a consequence of the increased scale and use of modern vessels in container shipping. Supplies to container ships account for approximately 70 per cent of the total Rotterdam bunker market.

These days, LNG bunkering in Rotterdam is business as usual. As well as Titan LNG, Shell and Anthony Veder have now also registered as LNG bunker specialists in the Rotterdam port. The Port Authority is expecting to have ten suppliers within five years and a considerable increase in LNG bunkering.

Lat year the Port of Rotterdam Authority reported the sale of bunker oil (marine fuel) in the Rotterdam bunker port diminished from 10.1 million m3 to 9.9 million m3 in 2017, while the throughput of bunkered liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased from less than 100 tonnes to 1500 tonnes.

From 2015 in Rotterdam ships may sail only with fuels with max. 0.1% sulfur. The port of Rotterdam is in a so-called Emission Control Area (ECA). From January 2020 new rules will apply to permitted sulphur levels in fuel for shipping, welcomed by the Port Authority. According to the international regulations set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the permitted level will then be 0.5%. The current maximum sulphur level in shipping fuels is 3.5 percent. This means that shipping needs to either install emission-reducing systems or switch to a cleaner fuel such as LNG – which doesn’t contain sulphur.

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