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First LNG bunkering underway at Port of Rotterdam

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced that Terntank’s Ternsund tanker has become the first sea-going vessel to bunker LNG in Rotterdam.

Ternsund arrived in Rotterdam on Sunday 7 August 2016 to unload naphtha and gas oil at Vopak in the Botlek. On Monday 8 August, the ship was moved to the former home terminal of the ECT terminal at the Willem Alexanderhaven, which is where the bunkering started to take place. First, the temperature of the fuel tank was cooled down from ambient temperature to operating temperature (from +20 °C to -162 °C) in 18 hours. After, the actual bunkering of Shell LNG started. To this end, trucks drive between the Eemhaven and the Gate terminal on the Maasvlakte. The LNG bunkering will be completed on Wednesday 10 August and the vessel will then continue to Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority confirmed that it will welcome a new bunker vessel next year, which Shell will use to supply sea-going vessels with LNG from the water.

Terntank’s Ternsund product tanker received the first Rotterdam 'LNG bunkering incentive’; a premium amounting to a discount of 10% on the seaport dues.

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