Gate terminal has recently announced the start of construction activities for the new LNG break-bulk infrastructure at its site at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, beginning with the excavation of a new harbour basin next to Gate terminal.
The new facility is expected to boost the use of LNG as a cleaner and affordable transportation fuel in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe.
Break bulk services aim to split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller parcels. This enables the distribution and use of LNG as a cleaner fuel alternative for maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and industrial applications.
Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority: “We are striving to make logistics more sustainable and promote the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping. Furthermore, we want to strengthen our position as the most important European LNG hub.”
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will build a new harbour basin and quay wall, which is planned to be delivered end of 2015. Gate Terminal is to construct the LNG installations, including berthing and loading facilities dedicated to bunkerships and smaller tankers enabling LNG bunker operations in the port of Rotterdam and further distribution of LNG in Northwest Europe.
The finalisation of the construction, commissioning and first loading operations is planned for the end of the first half of 2016.