Gasum completes its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to a cruise ship
Nordic gas major Gasum Oy has completed it's first ship-to-ship bunkering involving a cruise ship which took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland during November 2019. Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Coralius conducted a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to Carnival Corporation’s cruise ship Costa Smeralda.
Costa Smeralda is the first cruise ship in a series of newbuilds at Meyer Turku that will be fitted with LNG propulsion. LNG is the cleanest available fossil marine fuel, and according to Gasum, it is rapidly becoming the most commonly used alternative to traditional marine fuels.
Although a fossil fuel, the use of LNG significantly improves local air quality by significantly reducing emissions of particulate matter (PM) as well as sulphur dioxide (SOx), and nitrous oxide (NOx) compared to conventional maritime fuels. It also reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 20 percent and enables a switch to liquefied biogas (LBG), which reduces CO2 even further, without any additional investments.
The fuel meets all the current and forthcoming regulations set out by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the EU. Furthermore, LNG is suitable for all vessel types.
Gasum’s bunker vessel Coralius began operating in 2017, and at the beginning of 2019, it celebrated its 100th bunkering. She mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area. Coralius ensures the security of supply to the frontrunners in LNG propulsion, increasing Gasum’s flexibility and responsiveness within the marine market.
Coralius allows us to perform ship-to-ship bunkering to different types of vessels. We are happy that this now includes a cruise ship. It is always a proud moment when we can deliver our product and make maritime transportation cleaner, remarked Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director, LNG Marine, Gasum.