“Skangass has received an approval for establishing a permanent bunkering solution dedicated for Fjord Line’s ferries,” said Managing Director in Skangass Tor Morten Osmundsen. “We are pleased with DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection) supporting our opinion that bunkering with passengers on board can be done in a safe manner.”
One of the main drivers for using LNG as vessel fuel is the EU environmental regulation for lower emissions of sulphur dioxide, in force from 2015. The bunker solution for LNG in Risavika thereby makes an important contribution for vessels trading along the Norwegian coast to comply with the European directive.
To make LNG available in a larger scale than today, the EU is planning to contribute to develop 139 ports with LNG bunker stations in Europe before 2025. Access to bunker stations is a prerequisite for operators evaluating to convert their vessels from diesel to natural gas.