Located on the Baltic Sea, Rostock is port where ships can be fueled with environmentally friendly LNG. Gazprom Germania, Rostock Port and the local regulatory authority have worked out the legal and operative framework required to conduct corresponding bunkering operations.
On 27 February 2016, Germany’s largest Baltic Sea port bunkered the M.V. Greenland with LNG, a 110 m cement carrier operated by the Norwegian shipping company KGJ Cement AS. In the early hours of the morning, a ship was supplied with liquefied natural gas for the first time ever in the southern Baltic Sea.
The vessel was bunkered in with the shipping agent Sartori & Berger.
“We believe there is a great deal of potential in the maritime sector. Climate-friendly natural gas could replace thousands of tonnes of heavy fuel oil every year,” remarked Timo Vehrs, Director of Business Development at Gazprom Germania GmbH. “We have now taken a crucial first step in Rostock, where this bunkering operation has shown that the vision of using LNG as bunker fuel has already become a reality.”
“We are very pleased to witness this new development at our port”, added Jens Aurel Scharner, Managing Director of Hafen-Entwicklungsgesellschaft Rostock mbH. “We are certain that the opportunity to bunker alternative fuels like LNG will play its part in making us more competitive and encouraging more environmentally friendly ships to call in Rostock.”
Under the new standards, ships’ emissions are limited to 0.1% sulphur.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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