Zeebrugge Port Scores LNG Bunker First
Zeebrugge Port in Belgium has launched an LNG bunkering ship that combines cargo unloading and Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering, becoming the first port to offer a regular Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering service.
LNG bunker ship Engie Zeebrugge fuelled two vessels owned by a NYK Line’s Norwegian subsidiary, United European Car Carriers (UECC). A purpose-built LNG bunkering ship will likely be a boon to the LNG fuel market, as most LNG bunkering is done using LNG trucks based on the shore and cannot be done at the same time as cargo unloading operations, burdening efficiency. Fuelling operations were undertaken by Gas4Sea, a company offering Ship-to-Ship LNG bunkering services at Zeebruggee and other ports in Northern Europe.
The company is a venture of Japanese liner NYK Line, French gas utility Engie, and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation.
Engie Zeebrugge is jointly owned by Belgian gas grid operator Fluxys and the Gas 4 Sea venture partners.
Gas4Sea builds on a partnership set up in 2014 to create LNG bunkering services by combining NYK’s shipping know how with Engie and Mitsubishi Corporation’s LNG supply portfolio.
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