The liquefied biogas (LBG), supplied by Skangas, was delivered to Furetank’s M/T FURE VINGA from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping. The bunkering, the first-ever of LBG, took place at the port of Gothenburg, transferring the fuel directly from a tanker truck to the ship. The FURE VINGA was delivered from the ship yard in April this year and is one of two vessels in the company’s fleet powered by LNG. Furetank has been using LNG as fuel since 2015 when the FURE WEST was converted for dual fuel.
Together with partners Furetank is building five further sister vessels to the FURE VINGA, all of which will be dual fuel and can be powered by LBG when the fuel is available. The vessels will be trading in North Europe and will benefit from Skangas’ LNG supply network in the region. Skangas is already supporting Furetank’s other LNG-powered vessels in ports and at sea, as well as other vessels at the Port of Gothenburg.
“Running vessels on LNG is our contribution to a more environmentally friendly environment. We will, however, contribute by increasing the sustainability. Using LBG was a natural step in this direction,” said Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank. “No doubt LBG will be a clear option for us. It is proven by this operation that it can be available from our existing LNG supplier and not at least with the same quality as our current LNG fuel.”
“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to a marine customer. However, it will not be the last”, added Tommy Mattila, sales and marketing director in Skangas. “To be increasingly greener with the renewable biogas is possible because we use the same infrastructure that we’ve built throughout northern Europe. This mean that LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand in hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise.”
Source Skangas/Port of Gothenburg