Using special equipment to combine the flow of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from two sources, gas supplier Titan LNG has significantly cut the time taken for truck-to-ship bunkering at the Port of Amsterdam. The sea-going vessel Fure West, a chemicals and oil tanker of the Swedish shipping company FureTank, was bunkered with LNG by combining the discharge from two trucks into one bunkering hose using a T-piece.
The T-piece makes the truck-to-ship bunkering process much more efficient, as it reduces the time required compared to sequential truck deliveries. The combined pumping rate reached 28 tons/hour. During the port call six trucks in total were delivered using the T-piece.
Lars Höglund, Managing Director of Furetank commented: “Quick and efficient bunkering operation is of the utmost importance to us. We look forward to continued cooperation with Titan LNG in the future.”
The whole procedure was supported and surveyed by the Port of Amsterdam. “The procedure was permitted at the ‘Groene Kade’ LNG quay by the Port of Amsterdam Harbourmaster based on a quantitative risk assessment. We are very pleased to be the first port in the wider region that is able to approve the simultaneous discharging of 2 trucks. We welcome this advance in efficiency, which will hopefully further accelerate the transition to LNG as a marine fuel with the associated environmental benefits,” Didier de Beaumont, Commercial Manager, Port of Amsterdam, commented.
Michael Schaap, Titan LNG, added after the test: “We are very happy with this result and the increase in the speed of bunkering process and thank our partners Nijman/Zeetank and AMS. Speed is important to reduce the downtime of the vessel so that LNG can compete in every way with conventional bunker fuels. The T-piece is an important innovative step on the road to launching our FlexFueler bunkering pontoon next year.”
Furetank, a medium sized Swedish ship owner, has together with its partners in the Gothia Tanker Alliance, ordered a further 6 intermediate product/chemical tankers from a Chinese shipyard, for deliveries in 2018-19. All newbuilding’s are built to a design developed by Furetank together with Swedish FKAB and have a clear focus on minimizing impact on the environment; LNG propulsion, Tier III compliance, UPS back up on all propulsion and navigation, floating frequency power production, installed ballast water cleaning, highest ice class (1 A) and newly developed “Low drag hull design” resulting in 40% less energy consumption.
Titan LNG, is part of the IVECO Schouten Group, and a sister company to NGVA Europe member Rolande LNG, a leading LNG fuelling station operator for road transportation in North West Europe.
(Source: Titan LNG)