• 2020 March 10 11:07

    LNG powered vessel successfully bunkered for the first time in Klaipėda

    On March 8, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessel was successfully bunkered for the first time in the port of Klaipėda. During this operation, the fuel tank of the cement carrier MV Greenland was filled with gas at the Malkos Bay Terminal, the port says in a press release.

    In the first LNG bunkering operation, as many as four different parties worked together – KN (Klaipėdos Nafta, AB), the Norwegian company Cryo Shipping AS, Ignitis UAB and Baltkonta UAB, thus contributing to less shipping pollution and increasingly noticeable positive developments in the sector.
     
    Cryo Shipping has brought to Klaipeda the cleanest fossil LNG fuel filled intermodal ISO container, which can be mounted on both the train platform and the truck. This time, the LNG-filled ISO container was hoisted onto a Baltkonta truck and transported to the Malkos Bay Terminal. The first bunkering operation from the ISO container to the cement carrier in Klaipėda Port was carried out by Cryo Shipping AS, an LNG bunker supplier with roots from shipping providing safe, customer-oriented and customer-adapted LNG bunkering solutions for the shipping industry.
     
    Forty five cubic meters of LNG were loaded from the ISO container mounted on the truck to the fuel tank of  MV Greenland cement tanker. The bunkering operation was conducted in accordance with all good practice requirements and recommendations of the European Maritime Safety Agency.
     
    Following the bunkering of the ship, the ISO container of LNG, purchased by Cryo Shipping from UAB Ignitis, was filled up at land-based LNG reloading station operated by KN. MV Greenland cement tanker will be bunkered in Klaipeda in March.
     
    Nicholai H. Olsen, Director of Cryo Shipping AS, says that Klaipeda was chosen for cement tanker bunkering because of the KN LNG reloading station infrastructure in this port. According to him, the breakthrough in the field of LNG bunkering in Klaipeda Port was due to the rallying and cooperation of all partners.
     
     “We are very grateful for all the help we have received from all the parties involved in this operation. Going forward we believe Klaipeda will be an important LNG bunker port, and CRYO Shipping will support and promote Klaipeda to become a key LNG bunker port in the Baltic”, he said. 
     
    Nicholai further explains that CRYO Shipping will charter an LNG bunker vessel for their operations introducing Ship-To-Ship LNG bunkering for their clients, and CRYO Shipping would be very glad to operate the LNG bunker vessel in Port of Klaipeda as well.
     
    Darius Šilenskis, CEO of KN, says that the process was complicated by the lack of current legislation regarding the regulation of LNG bunkering in Lithuania.
     
    “The initial document regulating LNG bunkering in the port will be the Port Shipping Regulations, which are being revised by the entire community interested in the LNG bunkering,” D. Šilenskis says. “Until these are in place Cryo Shipping AS had to go a long way in obtaining permission for the first LNG bunkering operation in the port of Klaipėda and to negotiate a series of documents, defining a safe operation, and securing the permission of the Harbor Master’s Office in this particular case at Klaipėda Port”.
     
    Kęstutis Kairys, Head of Baltkonta UAB, notes that the first bunkering operation in Klaipeda is very good news for market participants and a major step forward in the field of LNG.
     
    “I remember that two years ago we were just considering bunkering a ship from a tank truck. Today, this opportunity has become a reality and I have no doubt that this message will reach many shipowners who will discover Klaipeda as an LNG bunkering port”, says K. Kairys.
     
    Several LNG-powered ships visited Klaipėda State Seaport in 2019. These include LNG-powered vessels of the following companies: Unifeeder (Wes Amelie), Containerships (Nord, Aurora, Polar), Furetank (Fure Ven, Fure West, Ramanda), Norlines (Kvitbjorn). Individual visits to the port of Klaipėda of LNG-powered vessels from other companies are noticed as well. It should be noted that until now, LNG-powered vessels only came to the port of Klaipėda for transshipping rather than LNG bunkering, i.e. not for the purpose of filling vessel’s fuel tanks with LNG as a fuel.
     
    This weekend’s LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Klaipėda is the first one so far.
    However, D. Šilenskis says that based on the number of LNG-powered vessels and the growing number of their orders in the Baltic and North Seas, the number of LNG bunkering operations will increase.

    According to consulting and classification Company DNV GL, there are 177 LNG-powered vessels worldwide and by 2027, another 208 marine vehicles using this type of fuel will be built.  The highest concentration of such vessels is currently recorded in the North and Baltic Seas.

    “The emergence of new LNG transportation and bunkering vessels increases the competitiveness and availability of the region’s LNG market as well as allows to utilise the LNG infrastructure created in Klaipėda more efficiently,” D. Šilenskis says.

    LNG-powered vessels coming to Klaipėda port can be bunkered in three different ways: at various port loading terminals from LNG tank vehicle to ship, from terminal to ship in a custom KN operated LNG reloading station, and from ship to ship. Although Klaipėda currently has no permanently residing LNG bunkering vessel, LNG transportation and bunkering services are provided in the Baltic and North Sea region by a number of available vessels.




2020 June 3

18:25 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves construction of operational water area under Obskiy LNG project
18:03 Cargotec’s Kalmar and MacGregor to help drive development of connected automated waterborne transport through participation in AEGIS project
17:46 Rosmorport announced tender to reconstruct coastal facilities of Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service
17:24 RF Government approved allocation of RUB 60.5 billion for Russian Railways’ BAM and Transsib projects in 2020
17:02 THE Alliance announces COVID-19 response measures for July, August and September 2020
16:35 Russian Railways CEO says railway link with Murmansk to be restored by June 23
16:11 Transport route to link Quy Nhon Port with Northeast Asia
15:49 Rosatomflot completed escorting Vladimir Voronin gas carrier along the Northern Sea Route
15:33 Fincantieri and ENI extend an agreement in the field of circular economy and decarbonisation
15:01 Austal announces CEO transition
14:33 HHLA handles world’s largest container ship at Burchardkai
14:11 Key players develop emission-free navigation solution for barges
13:32 The CMA CGM Group heads towards carbon neutrality by 2050
13:26 Bunker sales at Vladivostok port in 5M’2020 fell by 27% YoY
13:01 APM Terminals Mobile gains another distribution center
12:31 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
12:01 Savannah harbor deepening sets precedent with four dredges working simultaneously
11:30 Abu Dhabi Ports launches “SAFEEN FEEDERS” shipping service in response to growing regional and global trade
11:00 EIZO secures LR type approval for maritime monitors via remote survey
10:30 Cargotec completes the ownership change of joint venture in China
10:09 Associations call for accelerating digitalisation of maritime trade and logistics
10:03 Brent Crude Oil price exceeded $40
09:46 DNV GL launches new certification in infection prevention for the maritime industry
09:41 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:16 Baltic Dry Index on June 2
08:45 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 03

2020 June 2

18:24 Consortium of Boskalis, Bouygues and Saipem selected for Fecamp Offshore Wind Farm foundations
18:07 Alfaport-Voka, Antwerp Port Authority and Maatschappij Linkerscheldeoever agree to extend payment period for concessions
17:39 About forty ships, boats and vessels of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet went to sea for training
17:34 Stena Line is now ten years ahead of the international shipping targets for reducing emissions
17:17 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput returned to Murmansk, its port of registration
16:51 The world's second largest container ship begins operating in the Port of Barcelona
16:15 Rosmorport announced successful bidder for adjustment of Pionersky terminal project
15:36 Associations call for accelerating digitalisation of maritime trade and logistics
14:51 POT celebrates its 25th anniversary on 16 June 2020
14:28 Nakhodka Ship Repair Yard lays down a series of eight crab catching ships
14:02 Ole Martin Grimsrud to leave his position as CFO of Aker Solutions
13:53 Effects of coronavirus epidemic prevention regulations on Finnlines Passenger traffic
13:35 WMU joins On Shore Power Supply in the Nordic Region project
13:02 DCSA establishes IoT standards for container connectivity
12:48 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:26 Qatar Petroleum signs the largest LNG shipbuilding agreements in history to secure more than 100 ships valued in excess of QR 70 billion to cater for its LNG growth plans
12:00 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Phaidra with Uniper
11:47 Research vessel of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet completed round-the-world route
11:22 Financial and operating results of FESCO Transportation Group for 2019
11:03 Ocean Network Express to extend the suspension of China-Australia service
10:29 “Zigh” Ship Repair and Construction Yard completes high-quality overhaul of “Nakhchivan” ferry vessel
09:58 Oil prices rise within $1
09:40 RS specifies requirements to roadster and harbor craft
09:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 02
09:12 Baltic Dry Index on June 1

2020 June 1

18:37 KIZAD breaks ground on largest rest, refuelling facility in region
18:21 Christophe de Margerie completes eastbound transit of NSR two months earlier than usual
18:13 Tallink Grupp to reroute its vessel Isabelle to operate on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route from 7 June 2020
18:07 ZIM starts eCommerce Xpress
17:52 Tallink to provide weekly sailings to Mariehamn in June and July 2020
17:29 Tallink adds more departures and additional vessel to Tallinn-Helsinki route
17:05 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from North Europe to Mexico East Coast, USEC and USGULF & USWC
16:48 Throughput of port Azov in 5M’2020 fell by 9% YoY
16:30 Speakers announced for webinar “River fleet of the USA and Europe. What is useful for us or how do they make profit?”