The first bunkering of a ship with LNG took place at the Port of Szczecin, supervised by the Maritime Authority of Szczecin. With this operation, PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny and LOTOS Asfalt have expanded the scope of their cooperation, which helps to strengthen the role of Polish ports and promotes LNG fuel in the Baltic Sea.
“We have carried out tens of LNG bunkering operations with Grupa LOTOS so far. We are pleased that the service is gaining popularity and that it can now be provided in other Polish ports besides Gdańsk and Gdynia. We believe that LNG fuel is the future of maritime transport in the Baltic Sea,” commented Jarosław Wróbel, acting President of the PGNiG Management Board.
“Energy transition motivates us to step up our efforts in the field of alternative fuels. One of our development directions is LNG, a green and safe fuel. In order to promote this market segment, we need to develop logistics and LNG bunkering infrastructure. We are analyzing various projects in this area. We have recently completed a feasibility study for a project to build a small-scale LNG transshipment terminal in Gdańsk, which has already entered the internal corporate decision-making stage,” said Paweł Jan Majewski, President of the Grupa LOTOS Management Board.
The LNG bunkering operation was performed at the wharf of the Port of Szczecin with the use of cryogenic LNG tankers. The LNG was pumped into the tanks of the ship Scheldt River, which is working to deepen the Świnoujście-Szczecin waterway to enable Szczecin to accommodate vessels twice the size of the ships that currently call at the port.
“We can see demand for bunkering services from shipowners at Polish ports grow, driven by a rising awareness that LNG, as an alternative marine fuel, is the sole mature solution that is capable of meeting the existing and future emission standards while being economically viable,” noted Henryk Mucha, President of the PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny Management Board.
PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny is a PGNiG Group company providing LNG bunkering services at five ports in Poland (Szczecin, Świnoujście, Police, Gdynia, and Gdańsk). The company has performed bunkering operations for 12 different vessels so far, which means it has one of the best track records in this part of Europe.