26 February 14

Zeebrugge completes ‘first’ bunkering operation

The Port of Zeebrugge has completed a ‘truck to ship’ LNG bunkering operation – the first to be performed in the Flemish coastal port.

The tug which called at the port for the operation is the world’s first LNG-driven tugboat, MT Borgoy. The first of two identical tug boats ordered by the Norwegian Buksér og Berging AS (BUBE), MT Borgoy emits almost 30% less CO2 and up to 90% less NOx and fine dust than conventionally-powered tugs.

“This bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Zeebrugge. Firstly, we can be proud that BUBE has chosen Zeebrugge to perform this operation. Secondly, it is a confirmation of the time and effort we’ve invested in becoming a first mover in LNG bunkering,” said Joachim Coens, CEO, Port of Zeebrugge. “We’ve started up several projects with different parties which are all in very different stages of development. To see this project performed successfully is very gratifying.”

The LNG fuelling operation, which saw an LNG-filled trailer positioned alongside the quay and connected with the ship’s fuel tank, was carefully planned and prepared with Fluxys Belgium, while the bunkering of the tug was assigned to LNGEurope.

Koos Blaazer from LNGEurope, added: “This successful bunkering operation confirms the belief of LNGEurope that in the future, these safe bunkering operations will become routine for a steadily growing fleet of LNG fuelled ships, not only in Zeebrugge.”

Source: GreenPort