An LNG ship has been bunkered in the UK for the first time enabling the nation worldwide refuelling opportunities.
Flogas Britain partnered with Associated British Ports (ABP) to allow the 110m long vessel Ireland – operated by Norwegian shipping firm KGJ Cement AS – to be refuelled with LNG at the Port of Immingham.
Mark Frith, port manager for ABP Immingham and Grimsby, stated: “We are proud to be a key part of this flagship operation, which has really put the UK on the map as the latest European hub for more climate-friendly bunkering.
“We look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of ships to Immingham as a result of our new and unique offering in partnership with Flogas.”
The new tanker-to-ship service provides the flexibility needed to service current demand, but Flogas said it will invest in storage and bunkering facilities at ABP ports when required, as the LNG market grows.
Both Flogas and ABP said they see potential to replace thousands of tonnes of heavy fuel oil each year with cleaner, cost-effective LNG.
Lee Gannon, managing director at Flogas, explained: “There is great potential for LNG in the maritime industry as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional oil-based bunker fuels, but until now this potential has remained untapped here in the UK.”
Mr Gannon added Flogas is open to working with ABP and other prospective partners on future projects.
Source: Green Port
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