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Elenger commences LNG bunkering operations in the port of Hanko

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Elenger has announced that it has started providing LNG bunkering services to LNG-fuelled vessels in the port of Hanko, Finland, for the first time in addition to Tallinn and Helsinki.

For the port of Hanko, this means scheduled LNG bunkering operations on its premises, with Elenger providing the service to two new ships in addition to Tallink’s Megastar.

According to the statement, the two new ice class 1A Super ships bunkered by Elenger in the port of Hanko are the largest short sea dual-fuel LNG vehicle carriers in the world. Auto Energy and Auto Eco are sister ships, and serve to transport new vehicles from Europe to Finland and Russia. The ships can accommodate a total of 4000 vehicles on their 10 decks. Both are environmentally friendly RoRo ships belonging to UECC.

Kalev Reiljan, member of the board at Elenger, said: “In addition to new passenger ships, new cargo vessels are changing to the LNG technology in larger and larger numbers. LNG will eventually replace diesel fuel among marine fuels, which will contribute to cleaner air and cleaner Baltic Sea.”

Elenger claims that the first bunkering operation in the port of Hanko followed a lengthy period of preparation and work for the prevention of any potential risks.

Reiljan added: “Thorough groundwork and the extensive experience of our specialists ensured that the first bunkerings in Hanko have gone smoothly as planned.”

In the following months, truck-to-ship bunkering in Hanko will be performed once a week, every Friday. Four truckloads of LNG, totalling 72 t, will be loaded onto the ship. As in Helsinki, Elenger is planning to deliver LNG to the port of Hanko from Novatek’s new LNG plant in Vysotsk, which was commissioned with the assistance of Elenger experts.

To date, Tallink’s vessel Megastar has been truck-to-ship bunkered with LNG in the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki more than 2000 times. Last year, Elenger supplied over 16 000 t of LNG from various sources in Russia, Finland, Lithuania and Poland, while the amount supplied a year before had been 12 300 t. The company has procured nine semi-trailers for the purpose of LNG transportation and bunkering.

Currently, Damen is constructing an Elenger LNG bunkering vessel, which will operate in the northern and eastern part of the Baltic Sea. It will be completed next year, and start bunkering environmentally friendly vessels operating in the Gulf of Finland.

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/small-scale-lng/06092019/elenger-commences-lng-bunkering-operations-in-the-port-of-hanko/

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