Shell announced the supply of LNG fuel to SABIC-chartered vessels in Teesport, UK. It is a temporary LNG bunkering facility, as SABIC is developing its own jetty at PD Ports in parallel. The permanent solution will be completed later this year and SABIC is committed to take the next step in the supply chain in terms of efficiency, cost reductions, and environmental benefits.
In May 2015, Shell bunkered the SABIC-chartered vessels Coral Star & Coral Sticho in Teesport. This was the first bunkering operation for Shell in the UK, and reflects the collaboration between the two companies. Moreover, with Shell’s temporary bunkering facility in the UK, SABIC vessels will no longer need to bunker the fuel in Zeebrugge, what will certainly increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Arjan Stavast, Shell LNG Business Development Manager, explained: “We are very proud of achieving this milestone for LNG bunkering. The intensive collaboration between Shell, SABIC, Anthony Veder and contractors Schenk, Unitrove, PD Ports and Liqal has enabled this success.”
“As a responsible global company, SABIC is committed to providing high-quality products to our customers, while doing all we reasonably can in order to reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” said Paul Ruigt, Category Manager for Shipping & Barging at SABIC Supply Chain Chemicals Europe. “The establishment of the LNG bunkering solution enables us to run the LEG carriers fully on LNG and supports us in meeting our targets on emission reduction.”