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Destination Gotland begins using blended liquefied gas in ferry operations

In Sweden, ferry operator Destination Gotland AB has begun incorporating liquefied biogas (LBG) as a fuel in two of the company's vessels that sail between Gotland and the Swedish mainland.
"We have one of the world's most modern maritime transport systems. Now the work continues to reduce emissions, said Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland.

Ferry operator Destination Gotland AB has begun incorporating liquefied biogas (LBG) as a fuel in two of its vessels – M/S Visborg and M/S Gotland (previously named M/S Thjelvar) – that sail between Gotland and the Swedish mainland. The vessels have a number of technical energy efficiency improvements for a reduced climate footprint. such as advanced hull design and using cooling from the gas for the ship’s air conditioning systems (photo courtesy Segerberg Media).

In 2019, the company’s first gas-powered vessels began to sail the Gotland route and during 2020 another vessel will be put into service. These vessels are the starting point for the transition to gas-powered operations which can consist of both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) and also a blend of the two.

By blending LBG, fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are reduced as the biogas, which is upgraded to biomethane and liquefied, has zero emissions. Destination Gotland has, in accordance with the new Climate Act, developed a climate roadmap to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030.

Destination Gotland bunkers both LNG and LBG at the Port of Nynäshamn which is about 60 km south of Stockholm.

Our travelers are not just on a journey between Gotland and the mainland. They also accompany us on our journey towards climate-neutral ferry traffic, said Christer Bruzelius.

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