The Ternsund, a brand new LNG product tanker operated by the Swedish shipping line Terntank, will be bunkering LNG at the Port of Rotterdam, a first for the port.
The Rotterdam Port Authority wishes Rotterdam to become a major LNG bunkering hub, promoting the ocean shipping sector’s fuel transition from heavy fuel oil (HFO). The vessel will be the first to receive the 10% discount on sea port tariffs, which is a new port incentive for LNG bunkers.
The maiden voyage for The Ternsund will see it arrive in Vopak Botlek, Rotterdam next weekend to unload a shipment of Naphtha; it will then advance to the Willem Alexander Terminal to bunker at the former house terminal.
Before the vessel can take on board the cold LNG, it has to cool its fuel tanks; therefore it will take three further days.
From 2017 however, bunkering at Port Rotterdam is expected to become easier with the opening of the Break-bulk LNG Terminal at Yukonhaven.
Earlier this year, PTI reported that Wärtsilä, Carnival Corporation, DNV-GL, ENGIE, ENN Group, GE Marine, GTT, Lloyds Register, Mitsubishi, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell Downstream and Tote have formed SEA/LNG, which is a project coalition to promote and facilitate the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.