The second jetty at the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge was commissioned in late December following operational tests carried out over recent months. The jetty has been designed for receiving the smallest LNG carriers with a capacity of 2,000 m3 up to large LNG vessels with a capacity of 217,000 m3. The Zeebrugge Port Authority was responsible for the underwater structure of the jetty while Fluxys Belgium built the superstructure and LNG facilities.
Some 200 loadings have already been booked at this jetty for small LNG carriers under long-term contracts. On January 9 the Coral Energy became the first LNG carrier to berth at the jetty for a commercial loading. The 15,000 m3 Coral Energy supplies mainly small terminals in other regional markets.
With the second jetty able to accommodate the smallest LNG ships, LNG bunkering vessels can now also berth at the terminal. These are vessels that load LNG in order to supply other ships using LNG as a fuel. Until now, this could only be done using LNG trailers which come to load at the terminal but are not ideal for supplying seagoing vessels due to their limited capacity.
UECC recently began operating its first LNG-powered car carrier in Zeebrugge, with a second to follow soon. The UECC ships will be refueled with LNG by a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel which will have Zeebrugge as its home port and in which parent company Fluxys is a partner along with ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line.
The second jetty also enables the terminal to respond flexibly to demand for simultaneous or quickly succeeding berthings, as using both jetties allows two LNG carriers to be unloaded and/or loaded at the same time.