The construction of Europe’s first permanent bunker station for LNG is in full swing. The facility will be realized along the busiest waterway in Europe, the Rhine, in the port of Cologne (Am Molenkopf 17). With the scheduled opening in June 2019, initiator PitPoint.LNG is taking an important step towards making LNG available to inland shipping as a clean fuel option.
The LNG bunker station will be the first permanent location in Europe where barges can refuel with LNG. Whereas LNG-fueled barges are now typically supplied using tank trucks, in comparison, the opening of this LNG bunker station offers many new advantages to the inland shipping sector, including greater flexibility thanks to 24/7 availability and considerably shortened bunker times. Through the realization of this LNG bunker station at the logistical hub in Cologne, PitPoint.LNG is contributing to improved access to LNG as a fuel.
“With the construction of this bunker station, we are taking a major step towards realizing our goal of facilitating cleaner transport over both roads and waterways. This bunker station on the busiest waterway in Europe is an important milestone in the further expansion of the international LNG station infrastructure,” said Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director of PitPoint.LNG.
The new LNG bunker station is part of the European Commission’s plans to realize an LNG infrastructure for roads and waterways. Using LNG as a maritime fuel yields measurable environmental benefits while also helping to improve air quality, in this case in residential areas along the Rhine, such as in Cologne and other cities.