A milestone is set to be reached in the greening process that is taking place at the Port of Gothenburg, with the M/T Ternsund being the first tanker in Sweden to bunker natural gas at the entrance to the port.
Jill Söderwall, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port in Gothenburg, said: “We have worked resolutely for a long time to create a situation where a ship could bunker liquefied natural gas in Gothenburg. We have now managed to achieve our ambition and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.”
The first ship to bunker LNG is the newly constructed tanker M/T Ternsund, operated by the Swedish Donsö-based company Tärntank Ship Management AB.
Claes Möller, Fleet Manager at Tärntank Ship Management AB, said: “This marks a new starting point for us. It heralds the beginning of a new era of more modern and considerably cleaner shipping.
“By opting for LNG, we will more than meet present and future environmental requirements. I’m proud that Terntank is at the forefront in promoting greener transport.”
Bunkering took place at a protected location just off the island of Fotö at the entrance to the port. M/T Ternsund will bunker LNG from the Dutch bunkering vessel Coral Energy. The gas comes from the North Sea and has been supplied by the gas company Skangas.
Jill Söderwall continued: “Bunkering can be carried out in Gothenburg thanks to the fact that we have produced safety instructions that govern the procedure. We are one of the first ports in the world to have a set of rules of this nature in place.”
M/T Ternsund may be the first, but there will soon be several ships looking to bunker LNG on a regular basis at the Port of Gothenburg.
Around 10 newly built LNG-powered vessels are on their way from the shipyards, all owned by Swedish tanker operators and all with routes that pass Gothenburg.
To induce more operators to switch to LNG, the Port of Gothenburg has introduced a substantial discount on the port charge. M/T Ternsund will be the first ship to qualify for the maximum discount of 30%.
Jill Söderwall concluded: “With our substantially discounted port charge we can offer an excellent incentive to our shipping customers to switch from oil to liquefied natural gas.”