On March 8, an LNG-powered vessel was successfully bunkered for the first time in the port of Klaipėda, Lithuania. During this operation, the fuel tank of the cement carrier MV Greenland was filled with LNG at the Malkos Bay Terminal. As many as four different parties worked together, KN (Klaipėdos Nafta, AB), the Norwegian company Cryo Shipping AS, Ignitis UAB and Baltkonta UAB, all contributing to less shipping pollution and increasingly noticeable positive developments in the sector.
Cryo Shipping has brought to Klaipeda the LNG intermodal ISO container, which can be mounted on both the train platform and the truck. This time, the container was hoisted onto a Baltkonta truck and transported to the Malkos Bay Terminal. The first LNG bunkering operation from the container to the cement carrier in Klaipėda Port was carried out by Cryo Shipping AS.
Forty five cubic meters of LNG were loaded from the ISO container mounted on the truck to the fuel tank of the MV Greenland. The bunkering operation was conducted in accordance with all good practice requirements and recommendations of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Following the bunkering, the container, purchased by Cryo Shipping from UAB Ignitis, was filled up at land-based LNG reloading station operated by KN.
“We are very grateful for all the help we have received from all the parties involved in this operation. Going forward we believe Klaipeda will be an important LNG bunker port, and Cryo Shipping will support and promote Klaipeda to become a key LNG bunker port in the Baltic,” said Nicholai H. Olsen, Director of Cryo Shipping AS.
He further explained that Cryo Shipping will charter an LNG bunker vessel for their operations, introducing ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for their clients, and that they will operate this vessel in Port of Klaipeda as well.
Several LNG-powered ships visited Klaipėda State Seaport in 2019, including vessels from: Unifeeder (Wes Amelie), Containerships (Nord, Aurora, Polar), Furetank (Fure Ven, Fure West, Ramanda), Norlines (Kvitbjorn).
According to DNV GL, there are 177 LNG-powered vessels worldwide and by 2027, another 208 ships using this type of fuel will be built. The highest concentration of such vessels is currently recorded in the North and Baltic Seas. “The emergence of new LNG transportation and bunkering vessels increases the competitiveness and availability of the region’s LNG market as well as allows to utilize the LNG infrastructure created in Klaipėda more efficiently,” said Darius Šilenskis, CEO of KN.