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BV supports recent STS LNG bunkering operation

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Bureau Veritas (BV) has announced that it is supporting the adoption of LNG through the classification of both vessels involved in the world’s first ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation between two ocean-going vessels.

On 3 September 2016 at the port of Gothenberg, Sweden, Terntank Rederi’s 15 000 dwt M/T Ternsund vessel bunkered LNG from a small scale Dutch LNG vessel, Coral Energy. Coral Energy is owned by Antony Veder and chartered by Skangas.

Ternsund was constructed under BV class at Avic Dingheng, China, and is the world’s first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker. It was delivered to Terntank at the end of June 2016. Coral Energy, meanwhile, has a capacity of 15 600 m3, was also built to BV class, and was delivered in 2013.

Jean-François Segretain, Technical Director, Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said: “The ship-to-ship bunkering between Ternsund and Coral Energy represents a significant milestone in the adoption of LNG as marine fuel. Bureau Veritas has facilitated this major step through our dedicated rules and active participation in development of new international guidelines that encourage the adoption of clean fuel and enhance designs for new clean vessels.

“This first LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operation will soon be followed by other LNG ocean-going bunker vessels classed by Bureau Veritas. These include ENGIE bunker vessels operating from Zeebrugge, and a Sirius Veder Gas AB new bunker vessel under construction at Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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