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Coralius performs 200th LNG bunkering operation

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Gasum has announced that its Coralius LNG bunkering and distribution vessel has successfully performed its 200th LNG bunkering operation.

The vessel receiving the LNG was Fjord Line’s MS Stavangerfjord. According to the statement, the operation was carried out while Stavangerfjord underwent periodical maintenance at the Fayard yard in Odense, Denmark.

Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager at Gasum, said: “We normally supply LNG to Stavangerfjord by a loading arm on a regular basis directly from our LNG plant in Risavika.

“It’s great to get this opportunity to supply the cruise ferry with LNG in dock in Denmark. Having been fuelled with fresh LNG, Stavangerfjord will return to her regular Stavanger-Bergen-Hirtshals route. And we’re very happy to make our 200th bunkering delivery to Fjord Line in particular.”

According to Gasum, Stavangerfjord and its sister ship MS Bergensfjord are the first and largest cruise ferries in the world that are fuelled entirely on LNG. Since they both started operating in 2013, Gasum has conducted hundreds of bunkering operations to these vessels.

Richard Ternblom, CEO of Fjord Line, said: “We’re very happy with the longstanding relationship with Gasum and the support we’ve received over the years. We’re pioneers in LNG-fuelled cruise ferries on this scale and, as such, not everything works according to plan in the early startup years. In this context, a professional partner like Gasum makes this transition to a greener maritime world simpler and safer.”

Coralius was constructed by the Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands, and is the first European-built LNG bunkering and distribution vessel. It features state-of-the-art LNG transfer equipment for bunkering, and has a cargo capacity of 5800 m3.

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