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Port Of Rotterdam Reports Higher LNG Throughput

One European port has reported that it is seeing higher volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) passing through its bunker port, while at the same time recording lower volumes of bunker oil that is used as fuel for shipping.

According to data from the Port of Rotterdam, the amount of bunker oil passing through the site fell from 10.1 million m3 to 9.9 million m3 in the past year. At the same time, the throughput of bunkered LNG increased from less than 100 tonnes to 1,500 tonnes.

The main reason for this boost in LNG throughput was cited as the Wes Amelie, which was the first container ship in the world to be converted to LNG propulsion and one that regularly bunkers at the City Terminal at the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven.

Rising volumes of LNG is expected to be a continuing trend, the port added, with Shell introducing its vessel Cardissa to use last year.

“The vessel, which has Rotterdam as its work location, will supply customers throughout Europe with LNG from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam,” the organisation stated.

It added that commissioning this vessel is “an enormous step in the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping”.

Another large LNG bunker vessel is set to join others in northern Europe’s waters in the coming years, after Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and Mitsui OSK Lines signed a long-term charter contract to operate such a ship.

The vessel will be constructed in China and is expected to be delivered in 2020.

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