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Nauticor’s ‘Kairos’ conducts milestone LNG bunkering operation

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The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel, Nauticor’s Kairos, has conducted its 100th LNG bunker supply operation.

This milestone was reached during a bunkering operation for the product tanker Gaia Desgagnes at anchorage in front of the Swedish island Gotland. 10 months after the Kairos conducted its first LNG bunkering operation for the LNG-fuelled ferry MS Visborg at Gotland, the island in the Baltic Sea once again provided the perfect backdrop for this historic LNG operation.

Richard Schröder, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the importance of this operation: “Having achieved this milestone less than a year after we conducted the first LNG bunkering operation with Kairos makes us very proud. At the same time, we are happy that the receiving vessel is one of the LNG-fuelled tankers that are operated by the LNG front runners organised in the Gothia Tanker Alliance. Not only product tankers, but an increasing number of vessels are switching to LNG as fuel to decrease emissions. Being able to support those companies that are working every day on making shipping more sustainable motivates us in our ambition to provide the highest quality standards on a cost-efficient basis.”

During the operation the Gaia Desgagnes received 140 t of LNG, while on its way from Immingham, UK, to St. Petersburg, Russia. Like several LNG bunkering operations before, the operation was conducted under an LNG supply agreement, which was signed by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor in 2018.

Lars Höglund, Managing Director of Furetank, expressed his delight that yet another bunkering operation was conducted successfully: “By using LNG as fuel for our vessels, we are doing our share to reduce the environmental impact through lower emissions and less noise. To be able to do that, we need to have access to a comprehensive LNG supply network. Having conducted the first LNG bunkering operation with Kairos in April 2018, we are glad to see that since then the availability of LNG has improved significantly and that the availability of the environmentally-friendly fuel is no longer a hurdle in most of the areas we operate in, including the Baltic Sea.”

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