According to MANA, the 5000-cbm LNG bunkering vessel will operate from the port of Zeebrugge supplying marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe.
The two LNG-fueled pure car and truck carriers operated by United European Car Carriers will be its first customers, the statement reads. The vessel will load LNG at Fluxys’ LNG terminal in Zeebrugge, where small carriers with capacities from 2 000-cbm can dock at the recently commissioned second jetty.
The partnership expects the LNG to become an important alternative fuel for the maritime industry as the international regulations on emissions for ships tighten.
Engie Zeebrugge, the first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, has been designed to eliminate the fixed bunkering location issue, as it is capable of servicing a variety of LNG-fueled vessels.