Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg will undertake its first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation on September 3, the port said.
The first ship to bunker LNG is the newly-constructed 15,000 dwt chemical tanker M/T Ternsund, operated by the Swedish Donsö-based company Tärntank Ship Management AB, which is scheduled to bunker natural gas at the entrance to the port.
Namely, the bunkering will take place at a protected location just off the island of Fotö, where M/T Ternsund will bunker LNG from the Belgian bunkering vessel Coral Energy.
Port of Gothenburg said that some ten newly-built LNG-powered vessels could soon start calling at the port to bunker LNG on a regular basis.
Additionally, to induce more operators to switch to LNG, the port has introduced a discount on the port charge and M/T Ternsund will be the first ship to qualify for the maximum discount of 30 per cent.
“We have worked resolutely for a long time to create a situation where a ship could bunker liquefied natural gas in Gothenburg. We have now managed to achieve our ambition,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President and head of commercial operations at the Energy Port in Gothenburg.