Skangass is set build a bunker station for LNG in Risavika, close to Stavanger in Norway. DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection) has approved the plans for a bunker station dedicated for Fjord Line’s cruise ferries. For the first time in Norway, ferries have the opportunity to bunker LNG while having passengers on board.
“Skangass has received an approval for establishing a permanent bunkering solution for Fjord Line’s ferries”, said Tor Morten Osmundsen, the Managing Director in Skangass. “We are pleased with DSB supporting our opinion that bunkering with passengers on board can be done in a safe manner.” The project is well on the way and Skangass is aiming towards a start-up during Summer 2014.
Bunkering with passengers on board
Skangass has designed the bunker solution with the target to minimise the turnaround time of receiving vessels in port as much as possible. High capacity and efficiency when bunkering is an essential condition for LNG as a preferred as a solution for the marine market. Bunkering while having passengers on board will reduce the turnaround time for ferries running on LNG.
EU regulations spur development
New EU environmental restrictions for lower emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) have been a primary driver behind the increased use of LNG as vessel fuel. Regulations are set to be in place as of 2015. To make LNG more available than it is today and to expand its operating base, infrastructure for bunkering will need to be developed. The EU is planning to contribute to the development of 139 ports with LNG bunker stations in Europe before the year 2025.
The bunker solution for LNG in Risavika in Norway will aid the development of eco-friendly methods of trading along the Norwegian coast whilst concurrently offering improved efficiency to the marine market. Access to bunker stations is a prerequisite for operators evaluating the conversion of their vessels from diesel to the more environmental friendly natural gas.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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