European Commission approves subsidy application
The Antwerp Port Authority’s bid to promote both safe and efficient bunkering of LNG-fuelled ships calling the Belgian port has received a major boost after the European Commission announced that it will help subsidise the project.
The funding will help Europe’s second largest port to develop and build an LNG bunkering station for Antwerp’s barges.
Preliminary studies into the new station have already begun, while specific details of the grant allocation are expected soon. The station is scheduled for completion by 2015 when the stricter International Maritime Organisation (IMO) sulphur emission standards come into force.
The port also announced this week, several months after the first barge, the Argonon, bunkered with LNG in the port of Antwerp, the barge Greenstream followed suit at quay 526.