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PitPoint.LNG opens shore-to-ship LNG bunker station

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PitPoint.LNG has announced that it has successfully opened Europe’s first shore-to-ship LNG bunker station for inland shipping at the Niehler Hafen in Cologne, Germany.

PitPoint.LNG claims that the opening of this station represents a significant step towards facilitating clean maritime transport. The station is part of the company’s plans to develop a European LNG infrastructure for heavy-duty transport by road and water and is co-financed by the European Union. PitPoint.LNG claims that the main reasons for choosing the Port of Cologne were the strategic location between Basel and Rotterdam and good access to the location.

According to the statement, the new shore-to-ship bunkering station significantly expedites the bunkering process. Where LNG-fuelled vessels were required to submit a request and schedule an appointment to purchase LNG from a truck-to-ship bunkering station, shore-to-ship bunkering can now be done faster and easier via the station’s powerful pumps. In addition to this, the shore-to-ship bunker station is open 24/7, with professional service engineers available to provide bunkering services. In the near future, the station will be able to fuel two vessels at the same time.

Jan Sönke Eckel and Wolfgang Birlin, Managing Directors of the port operator RheinCargo, said: “We are very proud to welcome Europe’s first permanent LNG bunker station at our port in Cologne. This is another building block in our approach to focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. LNG is known to be a reliable and clean alternative fuel, which helps reduce pollutant emissions in particular. That is why we see the use of LNG as an important step towards a sustainable future for logistics.”

Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director of PitPoint.LNG, added: “The opening of the LNG bunker station is an important step forward for transport by water. LNG meets the most stringent emission standards and makes cleaner transport possible. The bunker station is the result of a supply chain collaboration. Together with shippers, port companies, shipping companies, transport companies and support of the European Union, we have worked hard to make European inland shipping more sustainable. Our goal? Harness LNG to pave the way for 100% clean transport by 2030.”

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