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Dutch companies to develop small scale LNG

LNG Industry,

Dutch companies VEKA Group, Deen Shipping and IUVENIS have joined forces with Peter Goedvolk, and will cooperate in the field of trade, transport and bunkering of small scale LNG in Northwest Europe.

Goedvolk recently established Count, a commodity, trading and logistics company.

VEKA Group and Deen Shipping previously launched an LNG company, LNG Bunkering Service B.V. and announced the construction of the first LNG bunker tanker, LNG PRIME.

The LNG PRIME will be active in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp (ARA) region, bunkering seagoing vessels as early as the start of 2016.


Gerard Deen, Deen Shipping

“With the experience of Goedvolk we now add a trade activity to our company and with that a next step is to further develop the LNG small scale market in the ARA region.”

Peter Goedvolk, Count

LNG small scale is a challenging new market development and trading LNG fits very well in Count’s vision of commodities, trading and logistics. The LNG PRIME is an important link in the development of the LNG bunker market in the ARA region. Now that LNG Bunkering Services has added an LNG trading branch to its activities, [the company] can offer a full range of LNG services to the international shipping community.”

Peter Versluis, VEKA Group

“After the construction of the first seagoing LNG carrier, the Pioneer Knutsen, by the VEKA company several years ago, we had a lot of knowledge to engineer an inland vessel which is also capable to sail for 100% on [its] own boil-off [gas]. This knowledge is used to design this inland LNG bunker tanker, the LNG PRIME. The crucial difference will be made in the vessel’s design, the special cargo tanks (own design) and propulsion system.”

Industry response

In response to the new Dutch bunkering cooperation, Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, added: “An important step forward has been taken with the arrival of this first LNG bunker tanker in Rotterdam. Bunkering of LNG now becomes as easy as it is for the other bunker fuels. With this, the Rotterdam LNG bunker infrastructure is completed. LNG is a clean fuel. The use of LNG for shipping is therefore something we fully support.”

Mai Elmar, Director of Cruise Port Rotterdam, concluded: “I think this is a good initiative. In combination with the Port and the Cruise Lines, who jointly and successfully have already started many environmental initiatives, the arrival of this first LNG bunker tanker in Rotterdam is to be welcomed.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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