Gasum, UECC make history with LNG, LBG ship-to-ship bunkering

Gasum performed its first ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG)-liquefied biogas (LBG) bunkering to a cargo vessel.

The bunkering was conducted by Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Coralius at anchorage outside the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden.

A fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10% renewable LBG was supplied to M/V Auto Energy, a dual fuel LNG pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) operated by United European Car Carriers (UECC).

UECC, the short sea roll-on, roll-off ship owner and operator, is taking ‘concrete action’ to lower its emissions by using a blend of LNG and LBG provided by Gasum in its PCTC.

UECC’s vessel is the first of its kind to bunker renewable fuel at anchorage ship-to-ship. The bunkering was the first to supply a seagoing vessel with a blend of LNG and LBG.

“With this delivery, UECC further positions itself in the front of the market by demonstrating a bold commitment to the increased uptake of renewable fuels,” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

“We have made a significant investment in a pioneering solution that recognises our customers’ desire for a sustainable logistics partner. We choose this path because we believe in taking the initiative and signifying to the market that it’s possible to transport your cargo carbon-neutrally with UECC.”

Jacob Granqvist, maritime sales director at Gasum, said: “We are very excited to see our first ship-to-ship bunkering with the blend of LNG and LBG go smoothly.

“We can now perform ship-to-ship bunkering with different blends of LNG and LBG, which will open new possibilities for our clients as well as for us to go forward in decarbonising maritime transport.”

Renewable and sustainable LBG does not add any new CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and, therefore, reduces greenhouse gas emissions even further. LBG emits close to zero NOx and SOz, and no particulate matter, contributing to cleaner air, particularly for those living close to the sea and busy ports.

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