Coralius carries out its first ARA LNG bunkering

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Bunkering of Bit Viking was Coralius's first in key Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp Area

Espoo, Finland headquartered Gasum reports that its 5,800 cu.m LNG bunkering vessel, Coralius has carried out its first ship-to-ship bunkering in the port and refining area of Rotterdam, one of the most important logistics hubs in Europe.

The milestone bunkering of the history is reached when proving her availability in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area). Liquefied natural gas (LNG) was supplied to the product tanker Bit Viking.

“It’s time to celebrate,” said Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, natural gas and LNG, Gasum. “Finally, being able to bunker our clients in the ARA area increases LNG availability and security for the LNG fueled fleet. The amount of LNG driven vessels is growing rapidly globally, and we will definitely be part of the growth by being present where LNG is needed,”

Coralius’s main operational area is in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area.

“We are happy with this opportunity to get LNG by ship-to-ship bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam, too,” said Anders Hermansson, Technical Manager of Tarbit Shipping. “Our vessel Bit Viking converted to LNG already in 2011. Since then we have operated on LNG about 97% of the time, mainly supported by Gasum. We would like to continue on this path and consequently we are depending on reliable and flexible LNG supplies.”

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