Opened recently, the new liquefied natural gas filling station in Teesport, Middlesbrough, is designed to serve BOC vehicles running on LNG but Containerships Ltd is the first third party to sign up to access the site to meet its fuel needs.
Containerships is trialing dual fuel technology as part of its proposal to create a sustainable logistics solution door to door. With support funding from Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), the company has invested in two LNG and diesel-powered trucks, with an option to invest in more vehicles following initial successful trials.
The refueling station will also support BOC’s fleet of 10 dual fuel HGVs transporting industrial gases from its Middlesbrough plant to customers in the surrounding region. Containerships Ltd will initially refuel two heavy trucks operating out of the Teesport terminal in Middlesbrough.
The station incorporates the latest ‘zero loss’ refueling technology, developed by BOC, a member of The Linde Group. This uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition’ the fuel just prior to dispensing.
Andrew Frost, Managing Director, Containerships Ltd, said: “We are delighted with the assistance and support that BOC have provided as we look to establish LNG as a clean alternative fuel to diesel within our heavy truck and shipping fleet. We are confident that LNG will be the fuel of the future for both trucking and shipping purposes and are delighted to join together with BOC at the forefront of LNG dual fuel truck development in the UK.”