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Eesti Gaas commences LNG bunkering in the port of Helsinki

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Elenger, a subsidiary of the Eesti Gaas, has commenced LNG bunkering operations in the port of Helsinki.

The ship being bunkered is the same that Eesti Gaas bunkers in the port of Tallinn, the shuttle Megastar, which cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn.

“While LNG bunkering is rather a rare sight in the port of Helsinki these days, it is bound to become one of routine operations in the nearest future: LNG will eventually replace diesel fuel among marine fuels, which will contribute to cleaner air and cleaner Baltic Sea,” Jarko Alanko, the CEO of Elenger Finland, noted.

Captain Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management at Tallink Group, says that the most important word in the shipping industry of the 21st century is ‘sustainability’. “As far as sustainability is concerned, Tallink Group is one of its pioneers not on the Baltic Sea alone but on the European scale. We have already decreased our footprint on board and onshore compared to what it was before, and we keep working every day to reduce it further in the future for a lower environmental impact,” Tuulik noted.

Tallink’s Megastar will be truck-to-ship bunkered in the port of Helsinki once a week, every Tuesday, within one hour in the evening. Elenger primarily delivers LNG to the port of Helsinki from the new Novatek’s LNG plant in Vysotsk, which was commissioned with the assistance of Elenger experts.

A security zone within 30 m of the bunkering site, which unauthorised persons are prohibited from accessing, will be established in the port of Helsinki during each bunkering operation. In order to completely eliminate the risk of sparks being produced, electricity in the security zone will be switched off during the bunkering. The quick couplings used for bunkering guarantee that the process is entirely leak-free. Such safety measures are based on the extensive risk assessment performed in the winter.

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/12062019/eesti-gaas-commences-lng-bunkering-in-the-port-of-helsinki/

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