On March 15, the LNG bunker supply vessel (BSV) ‘Kairos’ has completed the first LNG bunkering operation for the new build ferry MS ‘Visborg’ at the ferry pier of the port of Visby. With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, ‘Kairos’ is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel. Nauticor chartered the ‘Kairos’ via the joint venture Blue LNG from the owner Babcock Schulte Energy, where Nauticor has a 90% share and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN (Klaipedos Nafta) has a 10% share.
The bunker operation puts into practice the contract for the supply of LNG, which was signed by Nauticor, supplier of LNG as marine fuel, and Destination Gotland, the owner and operator of the new ferry, in December 2017 and enables the ferry to run its service on the environmental-friendly fuel while connecting the Swedish mainland with the island of Gotland.
Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the importance of achieving this important milestone: “The start of LNG bunkering for Destination Gotland’s new LNG-powered ferry ‘Visborg’ marks the start-up of bunker operations with our new LNG bunker supply vessel ‘Kairos’ and shows that the availability of LNG as fuel for shipping on a large-scale basis is secured in Northwest Europe. With shipping companies having access to a fuel that not only is financially attractive but also environmentally sustainable, people and nature in Northwest Europe, and especially along the Swedish East coast, will benefit from a substantial reduction of emissions at sea and in port.”
Richard Schröder, Director Finance& Operations of Nauticor, emphasized the importance of cooperation to realize such projects: “The successful first LNG ship-to-ship bunker operation in the port of Visby is the result of intensive preparation by Nauticor’s team, its partners and authorities. The team of Nauticor is convinced that cooperation between first movers, suppliers and users, and the support from the authorities in charge is the key to establish LNG as fuel for shipping.”