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Gasum and UECC conduct first ship-to-ship LNG/LBG bunkering to cargo vessel

On December 16, 2020, the Nordic energy company Gasum performed its first ship-to-ship LNG/LBG blend bunkering to a cargo vessel. The bunkering was conducted by Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Coralius at anchorage outside the Port of Gothenburg in Sweden. A fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10 percent renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) was supplied to M/V Auto Energy, a dual fuel LNG pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) operated by United European Car Carriers (UECC).

On December 16, 2020, Gasum performed its first ship-to-ship LNG/LBG blend bunkering to a cargo vessel. The bunkering was conducted by Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Coralius at anchorage outside the port of Gothenburg, Sweden. A fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10 percent renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) was supplied to M/V Auto Energy, a dual fuel LNG pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) operated by United European Car Carriers – UECC (photo courtesy Gasum).

UECC, the short sea roll-on roll-off ship owner and operator, is taking concrete action to lower their emissions by using a blend of LNG and LBG (aka bioLNG) provided by Gasum in their pure car, truck carrier (PCTC). UECC’s vessel is the first vessel of its kind to bunker renewable fuel at anchorage ship-to-ship.

The bunkering, performed by Gasum’s bunker vessel Coralius, is the first to supply a seagoing vessel with a blend of LNG and LBG. The fuel blend lowers the vessel’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions even more than the already lowered CO2 reduction by using LNG compared to conventional marine fuel.

UECC has been actively exploring alternative fuel options, including liquefied gas, and is working towards decarbonisation of cargo transport on sea.

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. We have made a significant investment in a pioneering solution that recognizes our customers’ desire for a sustainable logistics partner. We choose this path because we believe in taking the initiative and signify to the market that it’s possible to transport your cargo carbon neutrally with UECC, said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

LNG and LBG as clean maritime fuels

LNG is rapidly becoming one of the most commonly used alternatives to traditional fuels in maritime transport. Using LNG reduces local air pollution and carbon emissions significantly compared to different bunker oil products.

Switching to LNG completely removes sulphur oxides (SOx) and particles and reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85 percent. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions and is fully blendable with LBG (bioLNG).

Renewable and sustainable LBG does not add any new CO2 into the atmosphere and thus it reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions even further. As with LNG, LBG emits close to zero NOx and SOx, and no particulate matter (PM), contributing to cleaner air especially for inhabitants living close to the sea and busy ports.

Gasum’s extensive fleet of supply vessels offers flexibility by providing nearly every required percentage of LBG blended with LNG.

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 decarbonizing maritime transport, said Jacob Granqvist, Maritime Sales Director from Gasum.

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