Skangas, a Norwegian LNG-based energy solutions provider, has declared the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Nordics to be open and operating successfully. The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first – and largest – in the world to use dedicated LNG engines.
Change of fuelling transfer method
Marine Loading Arms are a well-known method of transferring cargo for large oil and LNG terminals. According to Skangas, this is the first loading arm ever developed purely for bunkering. LNG ships have normally been bunkered via hose connections from a truck or a tank.
Widely recognized as a safer transfer method, a loading arm can provide a much higher rate of transfer. The coupling and de-coupling procedures are faster and more efficient, and monitoring of the operation is much easier. Overall, it provides a better solution for both the supplier and the off-taker of LNG.
“There is a world of difference when comparing truck-filling with this new bunkering station”, says Morten Larsen, Technical and Maritime Director of Fjord Line.
“The new station greatly reduces the time it takes every week for Fjord Line to refuel. Less time spent refueling provides a quicker turnaround in port, and, therefore, greater efficiency for our ships”, adds Larsen.
Risavika – LNG Bunkering Port
The bunkering station is situated very close to the main trade route that runs along Norway’s west coast. With the addition of the new LNG bunkering station, the Port of Risavika (close to Stavanger) is now considered the best-equipped LNG bunkering port in Europe, Skangas states. Looking ahead, Risavika Havn and Skangas will develop yet another quay in Risavika for LNG bunkering.
David Ottesen, CEO of Risavika Havn says, “At Risavika Havn, we believe that LNG is poised to play an important part of the future fuel mix in the maritime sector”.
In 2015, LNG bunkering is estimated to reach approximately 35,000 tons in the Port of Risavika. “We anticipate increasing demand for LNG to fuel ships in the coming years,” says Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO of Skangas.