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Port of Rostock hosts first STS LNG bunkering operation

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In only the second ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation to take place in Germany, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel Kairos, operated by Nauticor, has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion in the Port of Rostock. This STS LNG bunkering operation is also a first for the port.

Orion is currently at the Liebherr construction yard in the Port of Rostock, where it is being outfitted with a 5000 t crane. DEME is a leader in the industry with regards to the adoption of LNG, with this new offshore installation vessel being the fifth dual-fuel addition to its fleet, following three trailing suction hopper dredgers (Minerva, Scheldt River and Bonny River) and a cable laying vessel (Living Stone).

The STS bunkering of LNG is another milestone in the construction of the Orion, which features a unique combination of exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology.

“Our recent fleet additions are unique in their market segments as the first vessels in our industry to run on LNG. We want to make sure our fleet is future-proof and exceeds the current environmental regulations. Therefore, most of our new vessels are equipped with dual-fuel engines, which are capable of running on LNG. Many of them are also already prepared for the new, carbon neutral fuels of the future and we will continue to scale up our actions to have the most energy efficient fleet in the industry,” says Bart Verboomen, Head of DEME’s Technical Department.

Jan Schubert, Senior Manager Sales & Business Development at Nauticor was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the bunkering operation and commented: “After conducting the first ship-to-ship LNG transfer in Germany only a few weeks ago in Brunsbüttel for DEME’s Scheldt River we are happy to also extend our cooperation for the latest vessel joining the DEME fleet, Orion. The successful cooperation between the crew on board of Orion, the Nauticor team and the port authorities in Rostock, showed again how important it is to involve experienced partners from the beginning. Securing the availability of LNG in another important port in Northwest Europe, reduces the hurdles for companies to decide in favour of alternative fuels.”

For Jens A. Scharner, Managing Director of ROSTOCK PORT GmbH, the first STS LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock is an important milestone: “This operation strengthens the LNG cluster in Rostock significantly and is an essential extension of the services offered by the port. The continuous development from the LNG bunkering operations by truck during the last years towards the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation shows the strong operational performance of our team. We are grateful for the trust DEME and Nauticor have placed in us. Environmentally friendly fuels, such as LNG, and a shipping industry driven by sustainability will shape our port in the long-run.”

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