Inland navigation vessels can now bunker LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the Port of Amsterdam, Western Europe’s fourth largest port. Greenstream was the first ship to moor alongside the Amerikahaven quay to bunker LNG. Built by Peters Shipyards, Greenstream is operated by InterStream Barging and has been chartered by Shell.
The LNG was also supplied by Shell. Port of Amsterdam has designed the ‘Groene kade’ (Green Quay) in Amerikahaven to enable safe bunkering from a tanker truck into an inland navigation vessel or small ocean-going vessel. LNG is a clean fuel which is a promising alternative to marine fuel. The Port of Amsterdam encourages clean shipping in the port.
Two Dutch ships currently run entirely on LNG, the Greenstream and the Greenrhine, and one ship – the Argonon – uses dual fuel technology (LNG and gas oil mixed). More ships are under construction. Using LNG as a fuel provides major environmental benefits; vessels emit up to 25% less CO2, up to 80% less NOx, up to 100% less SO2 and also 100% less soot and fine particles than current inland navigation vessels.
“Port of Amsterdam is doing everything possible to encourage the use of cleaner fuels, including LNG. As an energy port, we’re pleased to contribute to greening marine fuels,” says Koen Overtoom, Port of Amsterdam’s COO. “We’re currently developing plans with our partners to convert green gas into the even cleaner bio-LNG, so that we can reduce CO2 emissions even further.”
LNG is liquefied natural gas. Natural gas (methane) is liquefied at an extremely low temperature (-162 degrees Celsius), which means that the gas takes up 600 times less volume. This makes the gas easier to transport and use. Its safety has been extensively researched. LNG has very low emission levels of sulphur, nitric oxides and fine particles, and that’s good for air quality.
(Source: Port of Amsterdam)