Viking Line Abp has announced that its LNG-fuelled passenger vessel, M/S Viking Grace, recently hit a milestone with its 1000th LNG bunkering.
Viking Grace was the first large passenger vessel to run on LNG when it was originally placed in service in January 2013. Three and a half years later, the 1000th LNG bunkering was performed in partnership with AGA Gas AB.
The milestone LNG bunkering was performed by the M/S Seagas, which was specially built for ship-to-ship refuelling. The Seagas supplies the Viking Grace with approximately 60 t of LNG while the vessel is docked in the morning at Stadsgården in central Stockholm, Sweden.
The Seagas is the first vessel of its kind and is classified according to the same regulations as for ocean-going LNG tankers.
Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line Abp, said: “We are really pleased about having used LNG to fuel the M/S Viking Grace […] Both the technical solution developed by AGA and the vessel’s operation have outperformed expectations, and it is gratifying to note the major benefits for the workplace along with the environmental gains that running on LNG provides.”
Jonas Åkermark, who is in charge of the LNG marine market at AGA Gas AB, added: “We are obviously delighted with the positive response we have had from Viking Line regarding the Seagas and our bunkering solution […] There is still heavy interest in the Seagas, our ship-to-ship bunkering solution and LNG as a marine fuel both in Sweden and internationally. We have a well-functioning infrastructure solution in place in Stockholm and the possibility of bunkering more vessels.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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