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LNG Masterplan successfully ends

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The LNG Masterplan has successfully ended, following its initiation in 2013. At an event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, celebrating its closure, new LNG projects were also announced, such as the ReaLNG project by Port of Lübeck, Port of Rotterdam, STC-Group and Shell.

At Rotterdam between 14 and 16 December 2015, almost 300 LNG stakeholders discussed safety, emergency response, ship design, bunkering, fuelling, and technical and market developments. The guests were able to see the GATE terminal, as well the Falck Rick training facility for LNG emergency response. In addition to this, the STC-Group demonstrated its new shipping and trucking employee e-learning and training facility.

Furthermore, the guests were able to see the LNG retrofitted container vessel, Eiger-Nordwand, and the LNG-fuelled type C tanker, EcoLiner. In addition, Scania and Iveco demonstrated their newest trucks, whilst TNO demonstrated its LNG tank. The Argonon, which is the first European LNG-fuelled vessel, was shown in the Seinehaven.

Dimitrios Theologitis, the head of the European DG MOVE Unit Ports and Inland Waterways, said: “The European Union is very proud to have facilitated this project between 2013 and 2015. The project cost a total of €34 million, €17 million of which were provided by the European Union from the TEN-T Programme. We can say ‘well done’ to all parties involved. It looks like we are going to benefit tremendously from this project for the implementation of LNG in the inland water transport sector. We are actually getting things done now.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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