Port of Gothenburg prepares for ship-to-ship methanol bunkering

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The Gothenburg Port Authority has published general methanol operating regulations for ship-to-ship bunkering and aims to become the primary bunkering hub for renewable methanol in Northern Europe.

The Port of Gothenburg has set out the target to reduce shipping emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

Providing a variety of shipping fuels that contribute to reducing emissions is a fundamental step, the port said.

“From the Port of Gothenburg we want to support this by enabling these vessels to take bunker at their convenience,” said Christoffer Lillhage, Senior Business Development Manager Energy at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

“Therefore, we are happy to share that we have received acceptance from the Swedish Transport Agency for the general methanol operating regulations for ship-to-ship bunkering.”

Each port terminal will comply to the general guidelines by running a complementary risk assessment.

The Port of Gothenburg is also making arrangements to provide eMethanol in the port by 2024.

“Together with industry front runners in the field of E-fuels such as Liquid Wind and their partner Ørsted, we are working to make this a reality,” added Lillhage.

“We are also planning for large scale storage of methanol with storage operators in the port when the demand is in place.”

“We encourage methanol producers and stake holders in the industry to reach out and start a dialog with the Port of Gothenburg as we have set the aim to become a bunker and storage hub for methanol/eMethanol.”

Last week, the Port of Gothenburg partnered with North Sea Port to launch the creation of a network of medium-sized European ports.

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