Skangass has entered into a long-term agreement for the Coralius, which will offer greater flexibility operating as a ship-to-ship bunker vessel, as well as a feeder. As a result, liquefied natural gas will be more readily available as marine fuel in the area Skagerrak, Kattegat and Baltic Sea. It will be ready in early 2017.
The vessel will provide easy access to LNG bunkering to customers and limit the operational impact of calling a port in order to bunker. During the design phase, great emphasis has been placed on the ship’s systems for ship-to-ship operation to ensure that it is optimized to perform LNG bunkering offshore.
“Recently, we entered into our first ship-to-ship bunker contract with NEOT in Finland. Building the new vessel Coralius is the natural step for meeting this demand, and further developing our marine LNG supply chain. Although we already satisfy our marine clients’ needs by truck-to-ship and terminals-to-ship bunkering, we need to further develop the infrastructure. By doing so, we will also be in a much stronger position to meet steadily rising demand for LNG,” says Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO of Skangass.
The building of Coralius is part of the Joint Industry Project FLEXI, which is one of the pilot projects of included in Pilot LNG. The project is part of the collaboration platform Zero Vision Tool and it is co-funded by the EU. The aim of the project is to establish an LNG bunkering infrastructure. Skangass developed the project in cooperation with Anthony Veder Group and Sirius Shipping.
Coralius will be built by the shipyard Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands. The vessel will be owned by the Swedish/Dutch joint venture Sirius Veder Gas AB and operated by Sirius Rederi AB of Sweden.